Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Levitech BV sells ALD system to another Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer

ALMERE, The Netherlands – August 20, 2014 – Levitech BV announces the sale and shipment of a Levitrack® ALD system to a new Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer. This system plays a central role in the development and manufacturing of high-efficiency solar cells on both mono- and multi-crystalline silicon.

In recent years Levitech has supplied a number of Levitrack spatial ALD systems, which deposit aluminum oxide (Al2O3) passivation layers on both p and n-type solar cells, to high-efficiency solar cell manufacturers in Asia. This order marks another step in the market growth and penetration of the aluminum oxide (Al2O3) surface passivation technology and the expansion of Levitech's sales activities.

The Levitrack’s unique spatial ALD process and high throughput result in a superior cost-of-ownership of the overall passivation process flow and helps any client to address current and future technology needs.

About the Levitrack

The Levitrack ALD system is based on the innovative concept of spatial precursor separation, instead of precursor separation in time, and works in combination with the unique floating wafer and conductive heating technology used in the Levitech’s Levitor® RTP products. In the Levitrack, substrates float in a linear gas track and are heated to the required process temperature within a matter of seconds. Once heated, the substrates continue to float through a series of ALD deposition cells. Each cell consists of two precursor ‘curtains’, which are separated by a nitrogen purge ‘curtain’. The unique design of the ALD deposition cells allows for single-side ALD growth. As each ALD deposition cell is optimized for a fast linear motion of the substrates, a high throughput and low cost-of-ownership is guaranteed.

About Levitech

Levitech is a global player in production solutions for the IC and photovoltaic industries. A spin-off of ASM International, Levitech was established in 2009 around its core product, the Levitor® system. This system is based on a revolutionary patented technology and used in the semiconductor industry for Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP). The Levitrack™ ALD system is a state-of-the-art production solution for the solar industry and is based on the innovative concept of precursor separation in space, instead of time, in combination with the unique floating wafer and conductive heating technology used in the Levitor RTP products. For more information, visit Levitech's web site at www.levitech.nl.