LPE, a company with close links to the development of Epitaxial Technologies.
The late 1960s and early 1970s were crucial times in the development of modern computer technologies. LPE was founded in Milan, Italy during this essential period and began designing and producing Epitaxial Reactors.
LPE’s initial output involved horizontal type reactors for 1.5-2’’ wafers. The wafers were subsequently increased to their current size of 8’’.
During the mid 1970s, we began production of dual station barrel reactors with high frequency induction heating.
These reactors were state-of-the-art products at the time and have been continually updated over the years. This process has resulted in the excellent reliability and productivity which have made LPE one of the world’s leading Epitaxial Technology Companies.
We attribute our outstanding success to the close working relationship which we have endeavored to develop with leader firms in the sector. This on-going collaboration has resulted in extraordinary progress in an area which underpins computing worldwide.
LPE is currently offering two families of reactors with medium frequency heating: the first family consists of Barrel reactors including the PE 2061 S Batch reactor; the second family includes the PE 3061 reactor with automatic wafer loading.
LPE’s production strategy concentrates on reactors dedicated to severe applications such as Schottky, Power Transistor, PowerMos, Rectifier, very thick epi layers for IGBT devices grown in a single process; NPN, patterned wafers and others on arsenic doped substrates, CMOS, Buried Layers on Sb doped substrates and Mixed Technology.
These two reactors families are capable of covering the whole range of products mentioned above, including large wafers.
Our philosophy involves building up a partnership relationship with our customers to ensure that each one receives an efficient yet highly personalized service, this in turn leads to:
- long term co-operation on products;
- protection of investments over time;
- direct assistance and support;
- easily available spare parts even for machines which are no longer in production.
In order to achieve these aims, LPE has created a network of local service centers throughout Asia and Europe. These are staffed by qualified personnel and offer a consistent spare parts service.
In October 2022, LPE was acquired by ASM – a leading global supplier of products, services, and materials for semiconductor processing. ASM is on the cutting edge in semiconductor innovation as we push the development of advanced computer-chip technology. Its work is crucial in trends such as 5G, biotechnology, cloud computing, and AI. With LPE, ASM is set to leap into the high-growth silicon carbide epitaxy equipment business.