TCZ-1500B System Enables Transition to Larger Substrate Sizes for Advanced LCD and OLED Manufacturing
SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI), announced today that TCZ, its display equipment product division, has received a volume order for the TCZ-1500B, TCZ's new Gen 5.5 crystallization system, from a leading Asian flat panel display (FPD) manufacturer. This represents TCZ's second volume order in 2011 and fourth tool customer. The TCZ-1500B system is used for the production of advanced liquid crystal display (LCD) and next-generation organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays that are targeted for applications such as high-end smart phones and tablet computers.
Enabled by Cymer industry-leading light source technology, the TCZ-1500B incorporates a high-power laser for increased throughput, and the Gen 5.5 system allows for a three-time increase in substrate size compared to Gen 4 systems, reducing manufacturing costs for display makers.
Wider adoption of OLED displays has been challenged by the low yield and high costs of OLED technology, and this has limited the number of FPD manufacturers to enter into OLED production. TCZ has developed patented system improvements that use advanced laser beam controls to significantly improve the yield of OLED displays. The increased stability and improved yield of the TCZ-1500B is also expected to reduce the complexity of the manufacturing process, making it easier for new FPD manufacturers to enter the OLED market.
"The TCZ-1500B can effectively reduce the manufacturing cost and complexity to produce displays," said David Knowles, general manager of TCZ. "With this new Gen 5.5 system we are enabling increased substrate size over previous generations of tools, thereby increasing production capacity and providing a lower cost solution for FPD manufacturers."
"TCZ's laser crystallization system further broadens Cymer's product offering to meet the display industry need to transition to larger substrate sizes for LCD and OLED displays," said Ed Brown, president and chief operating officer of Cymer. "Our goal is to continue to help increase efficiencies, while reducing manufacturing costs for FPD makers."
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