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Jenoptik Sells TLS-Dicing® Laser Technology to 3D-Micromac AG

The Lasers & Material Processing division of Jenoptik is selling its thermal laser separation technology. It is used for various applications such as the separation of microchips in semiconductor manufacturing.

As of 1 January 2014, Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division has sold patents, know-how and development results in the field of thermal laser separation (TLS-Dicing®) to the company 3D-Micromac AG. As far as the purchase price is concerned, the parties have agreed to maintain silence. The transfer enables the company based in Chemnitz, Germany, to broaden its portfolio of laser systems in the field of semiconductor technology and also to directly market this laser technology. In the future, Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division will continue to focus on the 3D processing of plastics and metals, e.g. in the automotive industry.

By way of TLS-Dicing®, brittle materials can be separated ensuring high quality, preventing the loss of material, and working at high speeds. For example, the process is applied in the separation of components made of semiconductor wafers. The material is heated up locally by laser and then cooled down quickly by means of a cooling water jet. That causes high tensions in the material, forming a defined facture along the course of the laser beam.

In contrast to customary separating technologies, TLS-Dicing® is characterized by clean edges without microcracks and, consequentially, by higher bending strength. Process speeds of 200 up to 300 mm/s are possible and normally result in the multiplication of the output while costs are reduced.

About Lasers & Material Processing division of Jenoptik

With its Lasers & Material Processing division, Jenoptik is one of the leading providers of laser technology and provides products and solutions along the entire value-added chain of laser material processing – from components up to complete laser systems. In the Lasers business unit, the company has specialized in high-quality semiconductor lasers, reliable diode lasers as modules or systems as well as innovative solid-state lasers such as disk and fiber lasers. This product portfolio makes Jenoptik the ideal partner for the entire pulse width range, from cw to fs. In the field of high-power diode lasers, the company is acknowledged as a worldwide quality leader.

In the Laser Processing Systems business unit, Jenoptik develops and manufactures laser machines which are integrated into its customers’ production lines as a part of their process optimization and automation. They serve for the processing of plastics, metals and glass in connection with the processing of thin films. Jenoptik laser systems ensure processing at maximum efficiency, precision and safety. In addition, customers can try out various laser sources and machines at the Application Centers, thus finding the optimal solution for their application. The product portfolio is rounded off with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly exhaust cleaning systems for residue-free removal of pollutants during laser processing and other industrial processes.

About 3D-Micromac AG

Since its foundation in the year 2002, 3D-Micromac AG has been establishing itself as one of the leading suppliers of highly efficient laser-based micro processing systems and innovative coating and printing technologies in the international market. Be it stand-alone systems or entire production lines - 3D-Micromac systems are applied in many fields such as medical engineering, semiconductor manufacturing, in the photovoltaic industry, or in the production of flexible electronic components. Moreover, 3D-Micromac assists its customers as a competent partner in the development of new technologies and processes or customized systems.