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Ligentec and VLC Photonics Offer Platform for Prototyping and Fabrication of Photonic ICs

Ligentec, a provider of manufacturing foundry services using silicon nitride, and VLC Photonics, a design house offering services for photonic circuit development, are jointly offering a generic platform for the prototyping and fabrication of photonic integrated circuits. Ligentec has developed and improved a proprietary silicon nitride process that can achieve …

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Plessey Semiconductor Now in Horticultural Lighting

Plessey Semiconductors, a private UK company that manufactures gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) LEDs, reported that it has signed an international and exclusive license agreement to produce and sell the LED-based horticultural lighting solutions from PhytoLux®. According to the terms of the agreement, PhytoLux will essentially become Plessey’s brand of horticultural lighting …

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WIN Semiconductors Offers New Optical Device Foundry Service

WIN Semiconductors Corp. of Taoyuan, Taiwan, a large pure-play compound semiconductor foundry, reported that its is now offering optical device foundry services for the production of high data rate optical devices. The company says it has added the ability to produce optical devices to its broad gallium arsenide and gallium …

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Imec Adds 300mm Cleanroom

The nanoelectronics research center Imec in Leuven, Belgium has announced the opening of its new 300mm wafer cleanroom. The addition of the 4000m2 new facility brings the total area of the facility’s research cleanrooms to 12,000m2. Imec is among the most advanced research facilities in the world dedicated to scaling …

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MOCVD Fabs can Now USE New k-Space Ex-situ Characterization Tool

k-Space Associates, Inc has introduced the kSA Emissometer. The Emissometer is an ex-situ tool that offers MOCVD fabs essential wafer carrier characterization, including emissivity, uniformity, and defect identification.   After bakes and between runs, traditional MOCVD fabs perform subjective human test inspections of the quality of wafer carriers. The fabs usually …

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TowerJazz Completes Acquisition of Maxim’s Fab Facility

TowerJazz of Migdal Haemek, Israel, reported that it completed its previously announced acquisition of a fabrication facility in San Antonio, Texas from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The Maxim facility produces 8-inch wafers. The acquisition will add about 28,000 wafers per month to TowerJazz’s current manufacturing capacity. The company said that …

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POET Technologies Signs Collaboration Agreement with BAE Systems

POET Technologies Inc. announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with BAE Systems Microelectronics and formed a “Technology Roadmap Advisory Board”. Under the terms of the contract, BAE Systems will provide non-exclusive third-party foundry services to support POET Technologies’ “Lab-to-Fab” transition plan. The companies will perform the current phase of …

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