6 April 2010


Riber sells production MBE reactor to Russia’s Connector Optics

Riber S.A. of Bezons, France, which makes molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and effusion cells, has sold an MBE49 production system to optical component maker Connector Optics LLC of St Petersburg, Russia.

Connector Optics was established in 2009 and owns intellectual property rights for the production of 850/980nm ultra-high-speed (up to 40Gb/s) vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and photodetectors for data transmission via local-area networks (LAN), storage-area networks (SAN), active optical cables (AOC), supercomputers, and optical interconnects (USB 3.0, 4.0).

The MBE49 reactor acquired by Connector Optics will be installed in a new facility in St Petersburg, and dedicated to making vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and photodetectors for optical data communications.

Riber says that its systems provide great flexibility in processing large-size substrates (multiple 4-inch and multiple 6-inch wafers) for growing III-V semiconductor based nanostructures. In particular, due to its unique deposition quality, mono-atomic precision and high purity level, the MBE49 is by far the system most adapted to the production of highly demanding nitride-based optical components, the firm adds.

“We were impressed by the performance of the Riber MBE machines and by the quality of the optical device structures obtained using the MBE49,” says Connector Optics’ CEO Leonid Karachinsky. “The reputation of Riber and the total installed base of Riber production machines around the world illustrate its foremost expertise in the nanotechnology industry,” he adds. More than 180 production systems have been installed worldwide (dedicated to optical component design and to the mass production of radio-frequency components).

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