Cardiff, UK-based IQE, reported that a supplier of Distributed Feedback (DFB) lasers for the telecoms industry has production qualified IQE’s proprietary NanoImprint Lithography (NIL) technology. NanoImprint Lithography (NIL) technology uses precise imprints that are similar to rubber stamps in their function. These imprints are used to produce precise copies of integrated circuit structures down to the nanoscale.
The DFB laser producer says it has received its first production order for US $ 250,000, and plans to begin immediately begin production.
DFB Laser Applications
According to IQE, DFB lasers are edge emitting (EE) lasers that are crucial enabling transmission components for high-speed data communications across the entire fiber optic network; including intercontinental communications, ultra-high speed transmission links in hyper-scale data center applications, as well as broadband Fiber To The Home and Premises. IQE forecasts that exponential future demand for DFBs in this sector will be driven by 5G connectivity and the adoption of Internet of Things (“IoT”). DFB lasers can also be used for sensing applications such as 3D sensing, environmental emissions and air quality monitoring, chemical weapons, and explosives detection, and disease diagnosis via breath and blood vessel monitoring.
Other Companies In Production Qualification Process for IQE NIL Technology
In addition to DFB applications, IQE is also currently involved in multiple other qualification programs using the company’s Nanoimprint Lithography technology across a range of wafer sizes and end applications.
Dr Rodney Pelzel, VP Global Technology for IQE commented, “This production qualification marks a significant milestone in the introduction of IQE’s proprietary NanoImprint Lithography technology into the mainstream telecoms industry.”
“Coupled with a wide range of new and exciting technologies such as crystalline Rare Earth Oxides (cREO™) and Quasi-Photonic Crystals, which are also manufactured using the NanoImprint Lithography technology, IQE’s IP portfolio is gaining significant traction, allowing the Company to offer new, disruptive technologies to the broad semiconductor marketplace,” Pelzel said.