6 October 2020
II-VI completes Ascatron and INNOViON acquisitions, and joins SIA
Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA – which manufactures silicon carbide (SiC) substrates – says that Sohail Khan has joined it as executive VP of New Ventures & Wide-Bandgap Electronics Technologies.
II-VI has also closed the acquisition of Ascatron AB of Kista, Stockholm, Sweden, and completed the acquisition of the outstanding interests of the owners of the parent firm of INNOViON Corp of Colorado Springs, CO, USA. It has also joined the US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Spun out of research institute Acreo in 2011, Ascatron produces SiC epitaxial wafers and devices that enable a wide range of high-voltage power electronics applications.
INNOViON is said to be the world’s largest provider of ion implantation services, with 30 implanters across a global footprint supporting capabilities in semiconductor materials processing for up to 300mm wafers. The firm’s processes enable doping in a wide range of semiconductors, including silicon carbide, gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and silicon.
The New Ventures & Wide-Bandgap Electronics Technologies organization will consolidate II-VI’s technology expertise in SiC substrates, wide-bandgap epitaxy, device fabrication, and module design.
“Sohail Khan has my utmost respect as an integrated circuits and optoelectronics technologist, a visionary, and an accomplished business leader,” comments II-VI’s CEO Dr Vincent D. Mattera Jr. “Guided by Sohail’s leadership and the benefits of our platforms built by our innovations of the last 20 years, we will continue to invest in efficient energy-conversion technology,” he adds.
“Using our in-house knowledge and the technology recently licensed from General Electric, we will establish within II-VI a vertically integrated 150mm SiC technology platform that we expect will produce the world’s most advanced SiC devices for power electronics,” says Khan. “We will also support the SIA’s effort to encourage US policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business, and drive international competition.”
For the past two years, Sohail was the managing partner for K5 Innovations. His prior positions include: CEO at UHD video solutions semiconductor company ViXS Systems, CEO of fuel-cell company Lilliputian Systems, CEO of SiGe Semiconductor and executive VP of the Infrastructure Group at Agere Systems; and president of the IC Division of Lucent Microelectronics. He has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BSEE from the University of Engineering, Lahore.