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Asahi Kasei Microdevices of Japan Selects Veeco MBE Technology for Infrared Sensor Production

September, 29, 2015
Plainview, N.Y., September 29, 2015 – Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today that Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM), a leading electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has purchased a GEN200® Molecular Beam Epitaxy System and SUMO® Effusion Cells for production of infrared sensors at their Manufacturing Center in Japan.

“Veeco clearly demonstrated their expertise and their system’s superior process performance capability, making the choice to select their MBE technology an easy decision,” said Dr. Yoshihiko Shibata, General Manager, Fuji Manufacturing Center.   “The GEN200 provides us with superior heater performance and the SUMO Effusion Cells offer exceptional uniformity and process stability that are required to meet our demanding sensor production requirements.”

Based on customer feedback, the GEN200 MBE System delivers a compelling cost of ownership through long campaigns and excellent wafer quality in the production of GaAs and InP-based wafers for infrared sensors and laser diodes. The system also features a modular architecture that allows a significantly smaller footprint than comparable MBE systems and allows for up to two growth modules for greater throughput.  

“We are pleased that AKM, a highly regarded industry innovator, selected the GEN200 system to expand their production of high performance infrared sensors,” said Gerry Blumenstock, Vice President of Veeco’s MBE Operations.   “This win underscores Veeco’s market leadership in production MBE, proven technology and world-class service and support.”

 About Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM) traces its roots to the 1980s, when the Asahi Kasei Group began developing its semiconductor business.  Since then, they have continued to grow along with advances in the electronics industry by providing customers with optimum solutions based on a wide variety of sensing devices using compound semiconductor technology and IC products featuring analog/digital mixed-signal technology.  They develop unique new products that create value for their customers by combining circuit and material technology with package, software, test and implementation technology.  To learn more, visit
About Veeco 
Veeco’s process equipment solutions enable the manufacture of LEDs, flexible OLED displays, power electronics, compound semiconductors, hard drives, semiconductors, MEMS and wireless chips.  We are the leading supplier in MOCVD, MBE, Ion Beam, Wet Etch single wafer processing and other advanced thin film process technology equipment.  Our high performance systems drive innovation in energy efficiency, consumer electronics and network storage and allow our customers to maximize productivity and achieve lower cost of ownership.  For information on our company, products and worldwide service and support, please visit

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