Eco-friendly LED tech collaboration gets green light

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Nanoelectronics research institute IMEC and semiconductor company Taiyo Nippon Sanso (TNSC) have signed an agreement to jointly develop manufacturing technology for high efficiency LED (light-emitting diode) devices.

The agreement marks the first time Taiyo Nippon Sanso collaborates with an advanced research centre based in Europe.

There is an increasing demand to develop brighter green LEDs for future applications such as back light for high vision LCD television. Under the agreement, Taiyo Nippon Sanso and IMEC will develop high-efficiency green LED device manufacturing technology based on IMEC's compound semiconductors device technology. Research is mainly carried out at the IMEC facilities in Leuven, Belgium and builds on IMEC's expertise in strain engineering on large wafer diameter, supported by in-situ growth monitoring.