Australian semiconductor technology developer, BluGlass Limited (ASX:BLG) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $250,000 matched-funding innovation grant with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to manufacture smarter, more efficient plasma deposition sources for the Company’s 300 series RPCVD manufacturing platforms.

Key Points:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has awarded BluGlass a $250k co-funded innovation grant

[if !supportLists]· [endif]The project seeks to manufacture smarter, more efficient plasma deposition sources

[if !supportLists]· [endif]BluGlass is collaborating with AKELA Laser and Objective 3D to complete the project

A view inside an RPCVD chamber during growth

The project aims to design and produce a high-density, large-scale plasma source to produce ultra-precision uniformity for the deposition of high-value semiconductor devices such as laser diodes and next-generation LEDs. The unique distributed plasma source design will provide a scalable, uniform platform suitable for retrofit of even the largest industrial machines, accommodating up to multiple 8-inch wafers. The grant project will specifically focus on a new plasma source for the BLG-300 system to upgrade its capability to uniform deposition on a single 12-inch wafer or multiple 4-inch wafers. The 4-inch wafer size will be important for the Company’s laser diode product roadmap.

Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of AMGC said, “BluGlass is a great example of an Australian manufacturer embracing the competitive advantages borne from a commitment to deep research and development. Its technology promises laser diodes that are higher performing and more efficient. It’s a game-changing development that delivers better value products to the market.”

BluGlass is collaborating with several industry partners and organisations including AKELA Laser on laser diodes device packaging and testing and Objective 3D on metal 3D design, testing and rapid prototyping of critical plasma source components for the successful delivery of the project.

BluGlass Chief Technology Officer, Dr Ian Mann said “This exciting project aims to give RPCVD a number of new competitive edges for commercialisation. The new design will also support scalability on virtually any MOCVD platform in the industry and be capable of hybrid (both MOCVD and RPCVD growth) in a single deposition chamber, enabling for the first time, the advantages of each growth technique in a single platform”.

The project is expected to improve advanced manufacturing capabilities in Australia and help facilitate the revenue growth of BluGlass’ direct-to-market laser diode business.

AMGC and BluGlass have each pledged $250,000 to fund the project.

This announcement has been approved for release by the board.

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