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16 April 2008


Kopin extends Skyworks’ HBT purchase and supply agreement

Kopin Corp of Taunton, MA, USA has extended its GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) purchase and supply agreement with Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, which manufactures linear products, power amplifiers, front-end modules and radio solutions.

Under the agreement, Kopin will fulfill all the 4-inch-diameter and the vast majority of the 6-inch-diameter HBT wafer requirements of Skyworks through July 2010. The agreement applies to a wide range of III-V technologies, including multiple GaAs HBT products, Skyworks’ BiFET design and Kopin’s GAIN-HBT platform. It also facilitates the companies’ continued collaboration to improve yields to drive down costs and to expand into new products.

“The rapid growth of advanced multi-mode phones requiring multiple power amplifiers, combined with an increasing cell-phone user base, bodes well for healthy growth in HBT power amplifier markets,” says Kopin’s president and CEO, Dr John C.C. Fan.

“In the past few years, we have been collaborating to improve efficiency, quality and cost, all while implementing promising new technologies,” says Skyworks VP of worldwide operations, Bruce Freyman. “Our efforts have been very successful, and we presented Kopin with our Best Supplier Award last year.”

In 2006, to meet growing demand, Kopin installed three MOCVD systems at one of its two production facilities in Massachusetts, and these tools are now fully qualified and supplying production wafers. Kopin has also qualified its Taiwan-based affiliate, KTC, to supply additional wafers to Skyworks.

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