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Smit Ovens, SoLayTec focus on large area spatial ALD

18 Sep 2013

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Smit Ovens and SoLayTec partnership is expected to develop solutions with various applications, including buffer and barrier layers for thin-film PV and layers for improved TFT structures as needed for OLED displays.

The process development tool that will be integrated in the existing CIGS development line is part of the CIGS/CZTS Solliance programme. It will be used for development of alternative buffer layers, as well as other layers that can improve device structure and performance.

Under the deal, SoLayTec will focus on the injector head development in order to maximise the experience of their product in the c-Si PV market, InPassion ALD. Smit Ovens will take the role of machine integrator and act as contract partner to the customers.

"We are very excited about this cooperation since it allows us to achieve two strategic targets at the same time," says Wiro Zijlmans, CEO of Smit Ovens. "We are able to offer an advanced process solution for the buffer layer to our existing customers for CIGS crystallisation. On top of that, we are able to expand our market penetration in the display market, which we were already addressing with drying & sintering solutions."

"After having successfully launched our first products in the market for crystalline PV, we now are able to use the proven deposition technology for the next market opportunity," according to Huib Heezen, managing director of SoLayTec.




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