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DOE Publishes 2014 SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap
SSL Design News Staff
August 21, 2014...The U.S. Department of Energy published the 2014 Solid-State Lighting
Manufacturing R&D Roadmap. The updated Roadmap complements the SSL R&D
Multi-Year Program Plan that guides the Product Development and Core Technology
R&D programs. One of the roadmap's goals is to guide the Manufacturing
R&D program and help direct funding solicitations for it. The Roadmap also
offers guidance for material and equipment suppliers, based on industry
consensus about the expected evolution of SSL manufacturing.
Industry feedback for the updated report comes from a series of roundtables
with invited experts and from the attendees of DOE's SSL Manufacturing R&D
Workshop that was held in May in San Diego. The 2014 Roadmap adds the
discussion of the OLED manufacturing cost model. DOE says it will continue to
update the Roadmap annually in collaboration with industry partners, to provide
an outline of research and process development priorities, and new analysis as
the technology and marketplace evolve.
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Navigant Consulting conducted the analysis update. Navigant concluded that
in the U.S. the annual source energy savings from LED lighting in 2013 more
than doubled from the previous year to 188 trillion British thermal units
(BTUs). Navigant points out that this is equivalent to an annual energy cost
savings of about $1.8 billion.
While these current energy savings are significant, market penetration is
still quite modest. Navigant estimates that LED-based A-lamps make up only
about 1 percent of all installed A-lamps. However, the company asserts that
growth is happening rapidly. Navigant also reported that from 2012 to 2013 that
the U.S. installed base of LEDs in general lighting applications had more than
doubled to about 105 million units.
Navigant further concluded this that the 188 trillion BTU savings is a tiny
fraction that of the potential energy savings that complete adoption of SSL
lighting in U.S., 4.1 quadrillion BTU. Navigant says that while widespread
adoption may be several years in the future, the potential reveals the need of
developing a robust, high-capacity manufacturing capability for SSL. Market
adoption is likely to accelerate as prices continue to fall, and unit sales are
expected to increase at a much faster rate than revenues, according to
In response to this energy-saving opportunity, the DOE launched the SSL
manufacturing initiative in 2009 to improve SSL product quality and
consistency, establish a strong SSL manufacturing base, and support reductions
in SSL manufacturing cost in the U.S.
Current projects that the DOE Manufacturing Initiative supports include
Philips Lumileds’ development of patterned sapphire substrate technology
for lighting caliber LEDs, Cree’s development of lower cost integrated
LED luminaires, and OLEDWorks’ development of organic light-emitting
diode (OLED) deposition technology for OLED lighting products. DOE-supported
SSL manufacturing R&D projects cover much of the value chain of SSL
production, including designs for lower costs, process improvements,
manufacturing equipment, testing, and materials.
The DOE engaged the LED community through a "Round-Table" meeting of invited
experts to review the state of LED-SSL manufacturing technology and identify
areas for improvement. The DOE followed the meeting with its SSL Manufacturing
R&D workshop and a post-workshop conference call held among
The participants drew several conclusions:
- Achieving the targeted color point adds complexity and cost to the
luminaire manufacturing process especially in applications demanding tight
- Long-term color stability is still poorly understood for LED -based
lighting products and (probably OLED as well). Mitigating color shift over
time adds to the cost of LED lighting products. Furthermore, the
participants report concludes that the ability to understand and predict
color shift over time would simplify the manufacturing process, reduce
manufacturing costs, and increase consumer confidence in LED lighting
- Luminaire manufacturing is now putting less emphasis on the lamp-fixture
paradigm and placing more emphasis on integrated luminaires minimize cost
and maximize efficiency.
- The report concludes that highly flexible luminaire and module
manufacturing will be needed to accommodate the enormous variety of designs
that customers demanded. Production lines will have to be efficient and
cost-effective, even with relatively low numbers for any given product
variant. The required production line improvements may call for innovative
and perhaps more flexible manufacturing methods and equipment.
- The manufacturing of phosphors and down converters and their process of
being applied to LEDs is costly, and innovations in this area could
potentially reduce cost, simplify the manufacturing process, improve color
quality, increase light output, and improve efficacy.
- The domestic OLED community could work together to create a viable OLED
lighting manufacturing infrastructure and promote consumer acceptance of
OLED products. Larger volume production is required to exercise the supply
chain and manufacturing processes in order to identify weaknesses and
- The OLED community is preparing to introduce products for lighting by
examining the barriers in the adoption of LED lighting and understanding
the needs of lighting designers and luminaire makers.
- OLED fabrication methods including vapor deposition approaches and hybrid
approaches are being explored. Efforts are underway to promote a panel
fabrication process solution.
The report concluded that currently, the main challenge for LED lighting is
to continue ramping up production and drive down costs while maintaining
product quality and consistency. The emerging challenge is to demonstrate to
consumers the value that LED technology offers in terms of extended lifetime,
energy consumption and added functionality while avoiding consumer
In the short-term, the expansion of LED lighting manufacturing capacity will
require the refinement of existing manufacturing approaches. Longer-term, it
will require the introduction of innovative approaches to lighting product
design and manufacturing.
The report asserts that the biggest challenge for OLEDs is to develop
acceptable, cost-effective manufacturing processes beyond what is being done
for the manufacturing of OLED displays and build demand by identifying lighting
applications that play to the strengths of OLED technology.
Researchers Successfully Grow 2-Inch Diameter Substrate With a Lower Lattice Mismatch than Sapphire
LIGHTimes News Staff
August 12, 2014...Researchers from Fukuda Crystal Laboratory have successfully produced a
crystal substrate with less lattice mismatch than sapphire. Professor Takashi
Matsuoka of the Fukuda Crystal Laboratory led the group of researchers who
successfully produced the new 2-inch diameter substrate ScAlMgO4 (SCAM)
material. The researchers developed the new material to be used with GaN used
in LEDs and laser diodes. The researchers note that the material has
significantly less lattice mismatch than sapphire.
According to the researchers, the lattice mismatch of the material with GaN
is down to just 1.8 percent. The researchers used the Czochralski method to
grow the crystals. An an additional benefit of the material is that it can be
sliced and processed into substrate wafers without need of cutting or grinding.
X-ray diffraction of the C-plane cleavage of the process was used to evaluate
crystal material. The half width of the material is 12.9 seconds, therefore,
the crystal quality is apparently comparable to the perfect crystal of Si.
Unlike sapphire, SCAM material is ready for the epi cleavage process without
cutting or grinding from the ingot. Thus, it can reduce the cost of wafer
processing. Other researchers at Tohoku University successfully grew a
GaN-based LED structure on the SCAM substrate at a high temperature of 1040
℃ using MOCVD technology.
The research group hopes to proceed larger diameter, 4-inch to 6-inch SCAM
substrates. The Fukuda Institute of Technology also hopes to collaborate with
the domestic manufacturers to start selling 2-inch diameter crystal wafers next
Vishay Semiconductor Orders Aixtron System to Produce Wider Range of IR LED Products
LIGHTimes News Staff
August 5, 2014...Vishay Semiconductor GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany has acquired an MOCVD system
from Aixtron to expand its production capacity for infrared LEDs. Vishay plans
to substantially expand its range infrared LED products. Aixtron delivered the
system to Vishay at the end of March.
“We opted for Aixtron’s planetary reactor, as it deposits
high-quality layers and offers very high production stability, long operating
times, and high throughput rates. Not only that, Aixtron will support us with
process expertise, thus enabling us to rapidly and efficiently expand our
gallium arsenide-based infrared LED production,” said Dr. Heinz
Nather, senior vice president OPTO Division at Vishay Semiconductor.
Dr. Frank Schulte, vice president of Aixtron Europe said, “We have
great expectations of our ongoing cooperation with Vishay.”
Vishay Semiconductor GmbH in Heilbronn, Germany forms part of Vishay
Intertechnology, Inc. of Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA, which has about 22,000
employees and sales of almost US$ 2.5 billion.
Chinese LED Manufacturer Selects Veeco MOCVD Systems for Expansion into GaN LED Market
LIGHTimes News Staff
July 31, 2014...Veeco Instruments Inc. announced that Xiamen Changelight Co.,
Ltd.(Changelight) has chosen Veeco to be its main equipment provider as it
begins to produce gallium nitride (GaN)-based blue/green high brightness LEDs
for general lighting and displays. Changelight purchased multiple TurboDisc®
MaxBright® M™ GaN Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) systems
during the second quarter of 2014. Changelight also bought a TurboDisc
K475™ MOCVD system to expand its manufacturing of red, orange, and yellow
“In the past we have used competitive MOCVD equipment for the
majority of our production of ROY LEDs,” said Professor Wang
Xiangwu, general manager of Changelight. “As we make this important
move into the GaN-based lighting market, we decided to switch to Veeco’s
MaxBright M MOCVD system, which we believe will offer the best throughput and
cost of ownership to help enable our success and growth in the general
According to Veeco, the MaxBright M has a compact, modular design for
improved serviceability, and compared to the standard MaxBright MOCVD system it
has up to 15% increased footprint efficiency. The system reportedly has more
layout configuration options, which allow it to fit various fab spacing
requirements. Veeco says its sub-floor storage enables more wafer starts per
square foot for a lower cost of ownership.
“Changelight’s decision to purchase Veeco’s MOCVD
platform for its GaN LED production reflects our ability to develop innovative
manufacturing solutions with the best performance,” said Jim Jenson,
senior vice president and general manager of Veeco MOCVD. “We have
seen Changelight dominate the ROY market in China for some time and believe
that, with our technology and its knowledge of the industry, Changelight is
well positioned to successfully expand into the backlighting and general
Veeco Introduces Website for Buying and Selling of Pre-Owned Equipment
LIGHTimes News Staff
July 11, 2014...In a significant change to Veeco Intrument's business model, the company of
Plainview, New York USA has launched the Veeco MarketPlace website,
www.veecomarketplace.com. The website is an original equipment manufacturer
(OEM) brokerage that helps buyers and sellers determine fair prices for
pre-owned Veeco metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), Ion Beam Etch
(IBE), and physical vapor deposition (PVD) systems. The site will also offer
assets from Veeco Certified Partners, such as SurplusGLOBAL, Inc., a secondary
equipment supplier. All equipment posted on the website is eligible for Veeco's
exclusive pre-purchase assessments and logistical support.
The site allows potential buyers to see pre-owned equipment for sale and
determine whether to purchase it as-is or with Veeco services. Veeco also plans
to offer equipment checks, refurbish-and-repair programs, upgrades and
logistical and relocation services. Veeco says that sellers who post their
pre-owned equipment on the site can get advice and assistance from its sales
team to advertise and promote the equipment to a specific target market.
“The Veeco MarketPlace brings great value to both the buyer and
seller,” said Guy Shechter, vice president, Veeco Certified
Equipment and Services Marketing. “With this new site, sellers gain
access to their targeted customers through and with OEM support, and buyers can
make quick, informed decisions on prices and purchases. Once the buyer and
seller agree on the fair market value for the asset, Veeco can provide valuable
services and upgrades to extend the life and improve the productivity of the
Industry insiders have speculated that in addition to changing the Veeco's business model, the new website could potentially lower the costs for companies wanting to fabricate LED chips.
University of Tokyo Researchers Fabricate Red, Blue, and Green InGaN LEDs on Glass Substrates with Sputtering
LIGHTimes News Staff
June 26, 2014...Researchers from the University of Tokyo have used a sputtering
method transcribing GaN LEDs on glass substrates. The new
fabrication technique may eventually help reduce manufacturing costs
or help develop OLED light panels. The researchers have not yet
measured external quantum efficiency or luminous efficiency for any
single color. The team is currently testing the internal quantum
efficiency at low temperatures.
The researchers note that InGaN LEDs are limited to applications in
small devices because InGaN LED fabrication involves expensive metal
organic vapor phase epitaxy on single-crystal wafers. However, the
researchers successfully employed sputtering, a less expensive
epitaxial growth process, on large-area substrates to fabricate
large-area InGaN LED displays.
The use of multilayer graphene buffer layers allowed the growth of
highly c-axis-oriented GaN films even on amorphous substrates.
The team fabricated blue, red, and green InGaN LEDs. The
researchers believe that their method of sputtering to produce
full-color LEDs on amorphous substrates could be adapted to
fabricate large-area inorganic LED displays on glass substrates.
Already, sputtering is frequently used in the LCD industry.
The researchers point out that advances in the glass industry can
offer roll-to-roll processing of flexible glass foils. Furthermore,
the team contends that a combination of these methods may lead to
the development of large-area flexible inorganic devices.
Tawain LED Makers Account for More than 25% of All MOCVD Systems in Operation
LIGHTimes News Staff
June 12, 2014...Of the 1917 MOCVD systems in operation globally as of May
2014, Taiwan-based LED makers accounted for 28.6%. Japan-based LED
makers accounted for 23.8%, China-based makers 22.9%, and
South Korea-based makers 14.1%, according to Digitimes
Research. The MOCVD systems used to produce sapphire wafers
had a total monthly capacity of 888,290 4-inch wafers. Of the
sapphire wafer capacity, Taiwan-based makers accounted for 44.5%,
China-based makers 34.2% and South Korea-based makers 19%, Digitimes
Research noted. Digitimes Research found that Sapphire ingot
makers have a total monthly production capacity of 7.39
million mm in 2014, with 770,600mm that can be sliced into 4-inch
Comprel to Distribute Plessey GaN-on-Si LEDs
LIGHTimes News Staff
June 4, 2014...Comprel Srl, an Italian electronics distributor, has agreed to
distribute Plessey Semiconductor's gallium nitride-on-silicon
(GaN-on-Si) LEDs. Plessey reported the new distribution agreement
with Comprel, which is headquartered in Nova, Milanese.
Plessey says the agreement will help the company expand its
European distribution with coverage in the Italian market for
its GaN-on-Si LED products. Plessey’s MaGIC™ (Manufactured on
GaN-on-Si I/C) High Brightness LED (HBLED) technology is
renowned for its ability to cut LED lighting costs using standard
silicon manufacturing techniques.
Michele Busnelli, Commercial Managing Director of Comprel,
said, “Comprel is very happy to be a partner of Plessey
Semiconductors." Busnell added, "The GaN-on-Si technology
is going to be a revolution in the SSL market. I am sure
that with the innovative products of Plessey and our deep
knowledge of the market we are going to be very successful.”
David Owen, Plessey’s Regional Sales Director, said, “Comprel
has a dedicated team working in the Italian lighting market
place which will accelerate the time to market for Plessey
GaN-on-Si LEDs in this high growth region.”
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