Plessey partners with Axus Technology to deliver monolithic microLED displays
Published: 10 February 2020 - Rachael Morling
Embedded technologies developer, Plessey, has announced a partnership with Axus Technology (Axus) to bring high-performance GaN-on-Silicon monolithic microLED technology to the mass market.
Plessey continues to invest heavily in its manufacturing facility to boost their proprietary microLED display capabilities with the purchase of metal and oxide chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) and associated tools from Axus to enable the wafer-scale bonding of microLED wafers to high-performance CMOS backplanes.
A number of Axus CMP and Scrubber systems have been deployed to enable critical wafer planarisation and preparation for wafer-scale bonding. Wafer-level bonding poses significant technical challenges and even with the right equipment requires extensive know-how and refined processes. Shortly after installation of the systems in 2019, Plessey achieved the world’s first functional wafer-level bonded GaN-on-Si monolithic 1080p 0.7” diagonal 8-micron pixel-pitch microLED active-matrix display.
Plessey has further optimised these systems and processes to achieve a successful wafer to wafer bond of a much smaller monochrome native Green 1080p microLED display 0.26” diagonal to a 3-micron pixel-pitch backplane display system engineered by Compound Photonics, creating over two million individual electrical bonds.
The formation of the Plessey/Axus partnership has led to the development of critical CMP processes for various materials key to enabling Plessey’s proprietary monolithic GaN-on-Si technology.
Engineers from both companies have collaborated to successfully accomplish these objectives at both Axus’ CMP foundry located in Chandler, Arizona and Plessey’s semiconductor fabrication facility in the United Kingdom.
Going forward, the partnership will support scaling the technology for high-volume manufacture on the existing Axus equipment set and in the near future Axus’ new state-of-the-art, high flexibility/throughput Capstone CMP System, released to the market in late 2019.
Dan Trojan, President of Axus Technology, said: “We are honoured that Plessey has been able to achieve these key microLED technology advancements with the help of our tool platforms and process engineering capabilities and resources. We’ll be working closely with Plessey’s engineers for upgrades to their current tooling and subsequently scaling the technology on Capstone.”