20 March 2012

GaN-on-Si epi firm AZZURRO appoints Sumitomo Taiwan as exclusive local distributor

AZZURRO Semiconductors AG of Magdeburg, Germany, which manufactures gallium nitride (GaN) epitaxial wafers based on large-area silicon substrates, has appointed Sumitomo Corp Taiwan Ltd as its sole distributor partner in Taiwan.

AZZURRO says that, capitalizing on its customer traction, it has stepped up its customer support by opening its Regional Office Asia in Taipei, Taiwan in August and is now expanding its support.

The firm adds that acceptance of its products in the power semiconductor and LED markets continues to rise. As the production ramp up is currently underway, it is important to have a smooth supply chain and be very reactive to customer and logistic market requirements, the firm continues.

AZZURRO enables the use of GaN wafers in standard silicon processing lines by using its proprietary strain-engineering technology to grow GaN on large-area silicon substrates. As this step can slash costs for LEDs and power semiconductors, AZZURRO aims to become a global player in GaN markets. Accordingly, establishing an agile support structure for its Asian business partners through its own local facility in Taiwan (with direct access to all design and engineering as well as corporate functions in Germany) was of great importance, says AZZURRO. This pivotal bridge function is intended to ensure smooth implementation at customers, with product roadmap support for customer, technical product optimization, adaptation to technical customer requirements, and effective communication of the latest market trends and suitable AZZURRO products.

“The agreement will considerably contribute to establish AZZURRO further in the pivotal Asian markets, where Taiwan is in the spearhead position,” says Erwin Ysewijn, VP marketing & sales. “We see Sumitomo as a well established player in the market, close to customers... and able to fulfil regional business requirements. This agreement will ensure that our customers will receive optimum care and service,” he adds.

“We welcome the innovative product line from AZZURRO to our line-up of products to serve the emerging markets for next-generation LED and power semiconductor devices,” says Sumitomo Taiwan’s managing director Shin Udatsu.

Tags: AZZURRO GaN epiwafers

Visit: www.azzurro-semiconductors.com

Visit: www.sumitomocorp.com.tw

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