Plainview-based Veeco Instruments Inc. has a new “multi-unit” order from a Chinese company for its latest generation of LED-making tools.
Veeco’s new TurboDisc K465i light-emitting diode machines produce five times as many energy-efficient LEDs as its previous generation of tools, the company says.
The machines use the metal organic chemical vapor deposition, or MOCVD, method, which incrementally builds up microchips or LEDs using layer upon layer of hardened gases.
Veeco did not disclose the price of each tool, though the previous generation of LED-making machines sold for about $2.5 million each. Veeco also did not disclose the number of units it sold.
The buyer, United LED Shan Dong Corp., is a China-based joint venture between United Microelectronics Corp. and Epistar.
The systems will be installed at United LED’s high brightness light emitting diode (known by the acronym HB LED) division in Jining City, China.
Light-emitting diodes use less energy and produce less heat than incandescent devices -- and their greater efficiency extends battery use for cell phone and laptop screens. They are also in high demand for PC monitors and flat-screen TVs.
Moreover, China and other industrial nations are aggressively pushing toward LED technology to replace incandescent lighting in energy-intensive uses such as homes, factories and streetlights.
Photo: Veeco equipment for making LEDs.