24 February 2010


Kopin appoints Dr Wayne Johnson to direct III-V product line development

GaAs epiwafer foundry Kopin Corp of Taunton, MA, USA, which makes III-V epiwafers and CyberDisplay LCDs, has appointed Dr Wayne Johnson as director of New Business and Product Development for the firm’s III-V product line.

Kopin says that Johnson’s hiring provides additional resources to take advantage of opportunities arising from the surging demand and enhanced performance requirements for 3G and 4G wireless devices such as smartphones and MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices).

“Dr Johnson brings a wonderful complement of experience and background in III-V materials, processing and devices to our existing technology staff,” said Daily Hill, Kopin’s senior vice president and general manager of the III-V Group. “Historically, Kopin’s III-V focus has been on manufacturing the world’s highest performance and most reliable HBT wafers. With our extensive development over the past two years to stay ahead of the market’s enhanced performance requirements, we have added HEMT (High Electron Mobility Transistor) and BiHEMT (Bipolar-High Electron Mobility Transistor) to our production portfolio. Dr. Johnson has spent the past eight years developing new products for the III-V industry, and we are excited to leverage his talent to our existing and new III-V products.”

Prior to joining Kopin, Johnson was with Nitronex Corporation, where he was responsible for developing GaN HEMT and MMIC devices for military and commercial wireless applications. Previously, he spent time developing GaN HEMT processing techniques at Sandia National Laboratories and optimizing MOCVD growth of thin film optical interference filters at Deposition Sciences Inc. Johnson’s work has led to several novel III-V device demonstrations, including GaN-based MOSFETs, HEMTs, diodes, and sensors for applications including wireless communications, power management, and biological detection, says Kopin. He has co-authored more than 100 technical publications in the field of III-V semiconductors and holds six US patents.

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