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Soitec, IntelliEPI join forces to address GaAs market

Posted: 17 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Soitec  IntelliEPI  GaAs market  indium phosphide  gallium arsenide 

Soitec, a semiconductor materials manufacturer, has entered a collaborative agreement with Intelligent Epitaxy Technology Inc. (IntelliEPI) to better serve the GaAs market. The partnership is geared to address the market requirements for a reliable second source, while also extending the leadership position of both companies in the GaAs market as well as delivering the best product at the lowest cost for the customers, the firms indicated.

IntelliEPI claims to be a leader in providing indium phosphide (InP), gallium arsenide (GaAs) and gallium antimonide (GaSb) epitaxial wafers to the electronics and optoelectronics industries. The agreement includes a technology license granted by Soitec to IntelliEPI, which may be extended to address future business opportunities in the GaAs market, including equipment transfer.

"We are delighted to announce the license of our technology leading to a second source for our products for our key GaAs customers," said Bernard Aspar, SVP and Soitec's communication & power business unit GM.

"This collaborative agreement will reinforce our GaAs technology and product know-how while, at the same time, offering Soitec's customers supply-chain security," said Yung-Chung Kao, IntelliEPI president and CEO.

GaAs is a III-V semiconductor used in the manufacture of devices such as microwave frequency ICs, monolithic microwave integrated circuits, infrared LEDs, laser diodes, solar cells and optical windows. GaAs is often used as a substrate material for the epitaxial growth of other III-V semiconductors including InGaAs and GaInNAs.

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times Europe





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