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Veeco gets US government funding for LED manufacturing equipment

13 June 2011 | By Mark Osborne | News > Wafer Processing

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“This new project has been launched in our Plainview, NY R&D site where we are specialists in depositing novel materials and designing equipment that provides our customers with tools that enable the lowest cost-of-ownership,” noted Robert Oates, Executive Vice President of Veeco. “Veeco’s R&D efforts are focused on dramatically reducing the cost of LEDs and accelerating their adoption into the general lighting market.”

Kyma Technologies, a provider of crystalline nitride semiconductor materials based in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be supplying material and services to Veeco as part of this development project.

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