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4 October 2010


CSTG completes qualification of Hamilton wafer fab

Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CSTG) has completed qualification of its wafer fabrication plant in Hamilton Technology Park (near Glasgow), Scotland, UK.

CSTG was formed in 1999 by the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow together with Scottish Enterprise, and is a ‘pure play’ foundry supplier specializing in the design, development and manufacture of discrete and integrated III-V optoelectronic wafers and chips with clients in the communications, defense, medical, energy and instrumentation markets.

The firm acquired the Hamilton plant in January from Intense Ltd, which makes single- and multi-mode monolithic laser array products and high-power laser diodes.

In addition to providing continuity of supply of all high-power laser products to Intense throughout the qualification period, transfer of all products from the former facility on the West of Scotland Science Park was completed at the end of September.

The Hamilton facility is now engaged in the manufacture of a range of gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium phosphide (InP) foundry products including high-power 650–1600nm lasers, 1310–1550nm single-mode lasers and gain elements, semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs), superluminescent LEDs (SLEDs), quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) detectors and custom monolithic chip solutions.

“We set ourselves a very aggressive timetable of an exit from the former facility within six months, which included equipment transfer and staff consolidation,” says CEO Neil Martin. “The Hamilton acquisition will fulfil its aim in allowing us to continue our expansion with both enhanced capacity and capability to service growth in all sectors of the compound semiconductor markets,” he adds.

CSTG’s engineering focus is now shifting to expanding the portfolio of foundry processes into materials technologies such as gallium nitride and antimonides, and device technologies such as QCLs, VCSELs (vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) and high-speed edge-emitting lasers.

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