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1 February 2016

IQE's Infrared business wins $3.7m order for InP materials

Epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK has received a new purchase order agreement from a leading global substrate manufacturer (an existing long-term customer) for indium phosphide (InP) materials worth $3.7m.

"The scale of this commitment reflects our status in the semiconductor industry for the supply of a diverse range of semiconductor materials in addition to substrates and epiwafers," says Dr Mark Furlong, VP of IQE's Infrared business unit. "We continue to see growing demand for products with optoelectronic properties and it also confirms our position as a technology leader for advanced semiconductor products for photonics applications."

Produced by IQE's Infrared business unit based in Milton Keynes, UK, high-purity InP is the source material for manufacturing InP wafers used in the production of high-performance photonic components for a wide range of applications in infrared sensing and telecommunications, with a particular trend towards high-definition imaging applications enabled by InP materials. 

Demand for photonics products is continuing to grow as new and emerging technologies increasingly rely on the properties of light for a growing range of technological applications, says IQE. InP is the material of choice due to its advantageous photonic properties particularly in the short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) range, complementing IQE's position in indium antimonide (InSb) and gallium antimonide (GaSb) substrate materials which form the key enabling technology base for multiple imaging technologies found in defence, security, medical and industrial applications.

IQE Infrared offers a range of IR materials, from substrates to epiwafers, with a secure, dual-sourced supply of InP, InSb and GaSb, with IQE's US (Galaxy) and UK (Wafer Technology) operations collectively meeting customer requirements.

See related items:

IQE sees increasing demand for Infrared products in Q1/2015

IQE's Wafer Technology substrate division wins new $3.25m order

IQE launches dedicated infrared products division

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