Bristol, UK Oxford Instruments' subsidiary, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, has acquired the assets of Thermo VG Semicon, a supplier of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment.
Based in East Grinstead, Sussex, VG Semicon has been working on MBE since the 1970s, and is a subsidiary of Thermo Electron which is headquartered in Waltham, MA.
The company's V100 is said to be the most widely used MBE system worldwide for the mass production of advanced, gallium arsenide-based electronic devices. It has more than 150 of its V80H research systems installed worldwide and its recently launched EpiStar CV200 (SiGe deposition technology) is enabling the production of the latest generation of advanced semiconductors.
Earlier this year, the company received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its V100 MBE system.
Jim Hutchins, managing director of Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, said, “We had previously identified MBE technology as an area that would offer an excellent strategic fit with our existing business. VG Semicon is also a recognised leader in its field and we believe we can achieve significant synergies in manufacturing, product development and sales and support operations, particularly since we already serve many of the same customers.”
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology already supplies the compound semiconductor market with etching (RIE, ICP and Ion Beam) and PECVD equipment.