Asia-based solar cell customer qualifies Intevac’s ion implant tool

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Specialist PV equipment manufacturer, Intevac said it had successfully qualified its 'ENERGi' ion implantation production system that was announced and shipped in the first quarter of 2013 to an unidentified large solar cell manufacturer based in Asia.

The company said that with the tool receiving customer acceptance and qualification it had revised its revenue guidance range for the second quarter of 2013, from US$14.0 to US$16.5 million, to US$16.0 to US$16.5 million.

Chris Smith, executive vice president and general manager of solar equipment at Intervac said: “We expect this customer to add incremental cell production capacity, and we are well positioned to provide several additional systems as they expand capacity through 2014.”

The ENERGi ion implant system is said to employ a continuous flux ion source system that offers a replacement for diffusion based POCl3 doping systems, while providing doping for improved emitter profiles boosting cell efficiencies.

The tool is said to have a throughput of 2400 wafers per hour for both P- and N-type wafers. 

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