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September 21, 2009

LDK Solar Certifies Applied Materials’ HCT MaxEdge Wire Saws for High Volume Production of Solar Wafers

Filed under: AMAT, LDK — Tags: , , , , — Jason @ 3:15 am

Monday September 21, 2009, 3:15 am EDT

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — LDK Solar Co., Ltd . (LDK), a leading manufacturer of solar wafers, has qualified Applied Materials’ (AMAT) HCT MaxEdge(TM) wire saws for volume production, certifying that the system has met all performance and quality specifications. The successful completion of this factory acceptance testing (FAT) is part of the installation of more than 50 MaxEdge systems at LDK Solar that is due to be finished next month.

“We selected Applied’s MaxEdge wafering systems because of their industry-leading productivity and capability to produce advanced solar wafers in very high volumes,” stated Dr. Yuepeng Wan, CTO of LDK Solar. “This new generation of Applied’s HCT wire saws has now proven it can deliver the repeatable high yields necessary to deliver superior quality, cost-effective wafers to our customers. In addition, LDK has received excellent on-site support from Applied’s engineers during our aggressive ramp.”

“We are very pleased that the MaxEdge system has passed this important milestone at LDK Solar,” said Dr. Mark Pinto, senior vice president, corporate CTO and general manager of Applied’s Energy and Environmental Solutions group. “LDK Solar is known for its advanced wafer production capability and Applied Materials is committed to providing leading-edge technology and service to meet the most critical performance, yield and uptime requirements to drive down the cost per watt of solar electricity.”

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