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Kateeva’s YIELDjet™ Platform

The YIELDjet platform is the world’s first inkjet printing manufacturing equipment solution developed from the ground up for flexible and large-scale OLEDs. With a novel architecture and breakthrough features, it tackles the volume-manufacturing hurdles that have made flexible and large-size OLEDs economically unviable. They include: Inferior device lifetime, unacceptable particle levels, inconsistent reliability, and poor uptime performance.

The YIELDjet platform addresses the obstacles with these advances:

World’s first production-worthy nitrogen printing environment

  • The most important device parameter for customers is lifetime (particularly for inkjet-printed OLED)
  • Nitrogen is well known to be superior to air (oxygen & water) as a lifetime-enabler. In fact, a nitrogen printing environment is regarded as the gold standard for device performance
  • Enclosing the printer in nitrogen using conventional techniques is extremely challenging, however. Production-worthy serviceability is complex, and post-maintenance recovery is protracted

The YIELDjet platform is designed from the ground up with patent-protected technologies to solve these problems.

  • Sharply reduced enclosure volume for fast post-maintenance recovery
  • Automated maintenance without air contamination
  • Closed-loop nitrogen recirculation operating at < 1 ppm O2/H2O

Industry-leading low-particle performance

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  • OLED displays are highly sensitive to particles. A mere few can kill the entire display
  • To achieve high yield, low particle performance is imperative

The YIELDjet platform applies semiconductor equipment design practices to inkjet for the first time.

  • Top-to-bottom minimization of particle generation
  • Detailed flow modeling to eliminate turbulence

Repeatable & reliable uniformity with ultra-wide process window

  • Nozzle-to-nozzle non-uniformity is the root cause of banding (“Mura”)
  • Some existing techniques attempt to address banding using droplets from multiple nozzles in an attempt to reduce mean non-uniformity

The YIELDjet platform offers a 5X wider process window for nozzle variation which enables a more robust and reliable production process.

  • The Kateeva approach combines innovations in process-control monitoring and printhead control algorithms
  • The figures presented below represent simulated and experimental results for films printed with: I. No control for nozzle-to-nozzle non-uniformity; II. Nozzles used to statistically reduce impact of nozzle-to-nozzle variation (N=5); III. Nozzles specifically selected in pre-planned manner to eliminate or substantially reduce aggregate volume non-uniformity (the Kateeva approach)