Sandia National Laboratories Orders Commercial Grade Gallium Nitride Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition System from MATHESON/TAIYO NIPPON SANSO

Basking Ridge, NJ, USA – MATHESON together with its parent company, TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPORATION (TNSC), announced today that the prestigious government institution, Sandia National Laboratories, has selected MATHESON/TNSC as the provider of a commercial grade Gallium Nitride (GaN) metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system for its continued compound semiconductor device developmental work with Aluminum Gallium Nitride (AlGaN) and Aluminum Nitride (AlN).  Sandia is scheduled to take delivery of the fully integrated SR-4000HT tool in the first quarter of 2015.  TNSC will build the tool at its production facilities in Japan, and MATHESON will be the U.S. provider of the system to Sandia.

"We evaluated several different supplier systems and platforms for our needs through our rigorous competitive bidding process and, in the end, we found that the SR-4000HT best met our technical specifications. Its capability to grow atmospheric AlGaN layers with a high growth rate will improve the efficiency of our device development efforts, as well as, we believe, produce higher quality materials," stated Jeffrey Fiegel, a member of the Sandia technical staff who participated in the selection process.

"We are delighted that Sandia chose our system. The unique design of the SR-4000HT is largely based on Sandia's research in early 2000 and the joint research between TNSC and Kyoto University in the late '90s.  Growing high aluminum content devices at high growth rates, while operating at higher than 40 kPa pressures and elevated temperatures will afford Sandia shorter fabrication turnaround times, better electrical properties, and unmatched reproducibility," stated Koh Matsumoto, Executive Corporate Officer at TNSC.

** About Sandia National Laboratories **

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major RD responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.


TAIYO NIPPON SANSO, based in Tokyo, Japan, was founded in 1910 and is a global supplier of industrial gases serving worldwide customers. In addition to the traditional industrial gas business, TAIYO NIPPON SANSO started its MOCVD business in 1983.

MATHESON is a single source for industrial, welding and safety supplies, medical, specialty and electronic gases, gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering and gas management services, and on-site gas generation with a mission to deliver innovative solutions for global customer requirements. MATHESON is the largest subsidiary of the TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPORATION Group, one of the five largest suppliers of industrial, specialty, and electronics gases in the world.

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