Wafer Fabs

Epistar to Spin-Off VCSEL Business; Spin-Off to Also Focus on GaN-on-Si Chips

Epistar has reported that its board has decided to spin off the company’s VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) epitaxial wafer foundry business. The company plans to transfer the VCSEL epitaxial wafer foundry business to a newly-established wholly-owned subsidiary, tentatively named Epistar Semiconductor. The company has scheduled the completion of the transfer …

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II-VI Opens New Facility to Produce Compoundsemi Epitaxial Wafers

II‐VI Incorporated of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reported that it has opened the company’s new compoundsemi material center of excellence in Champaign, Illinois. The company intends to produce compoundsemi epitaxial wafers at the new plant. II-VI notes that its products serve growing markets in applications such as 3D sensing, optical networking, wireless …

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Wolfspeed Amplifies its Industry-Leading GaN RF Technology and GaN-on-SiC Foundry Services at CSICS 2017

Wolfspeed, a Cree Company — a global leader in wide bandgap semiconductor technology and the premier provider of the most field-tested SiC power and GaN-on-SiC RF solutions in the world — is amplifying the state-of-the-art in RF amplifier technology, as well as showcasing the industry’s leading GaN-on-SiC commercial foundry services, …

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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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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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