Kulicke & Soffa and the American company Rohinni have received the preliminary orders for Pixalux, their new generation of mini and micro LED placement machines. According to Kulicke & Soffa, this machine, which was largely designed at the Eindhoven branch (the former Assembléon) of the Singaporean company, is expected to be available sooner rather than later. In fact, the semicon company expects to supply several systems within the current fiscal quarter and is counting on greater market acceptance by 2020.
Expectation are high for the Pixalux, as K&S and Rohinni have positioned their solution for cost-effective mass production of LED technology, enabling new forms of backlighting and direct-view LED screens. With a combination of high throughput and accuracy for small-die applications, Pixalux is an attractive and highly competitive solution to achieve this next evolution of LED technology, the developers say.
The Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association has already awarded the placement machine with an Equipment of the Year Award. “This recognition, our initial shipments and ongoing customer interest, highlight the unique value that Pixalux is capable of delivering to the broad display market. We remain focused on accelerating customer adoption as we prepare to ramp production to high volume,” Chan Pin Chong, Senior Vice President of K&S.
Pixalux customer assessments started last fall with test systems at various production locations. With the nearly 250 million square meters of flat panel displays produced annually, the growth potential of emerging mini and micro led placement technologies is promising.