28 September 2021
III-V Epi supplying epitaxial structures to Vector Photonics’
III-V Epi Ltd of Glasgow, Scotland, UK says that its fast-turnaround, low-volume supply service for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) epitaxial structures has helped Vector Photonics Ltd to expedite the commercialization of its hyperscale, data-center photonic-crystal surface-emitting lasers (PCSELs). Spun off from the University of Glasgow in March 2020, Vector Photonics is focused on developing low-cost, high-performance lasers.
“III-V Epi’s specialist, fast-turnaround, low-to-medium-volume compound semiconductor epitaxy production service has been needed in the photonics industry for some time,” comments Vector’s sales & marketing director Euan Livingston. “Major house-hold brands, with huge volume requirements, have been taking almost all available capacity. Fabless start-ups like Vector Photonics, which only require prototype and small-volume production runs, have been left struggling to secure supply and attain short lead times,” he adds. “III-V Epi solves this problem, making it an ideal partner as we commercialize our PCSELs.”
As well as Vector Photonics, others using III-V Epi’s low-volume, fast-turnaround service include universities, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and lower-volume telecoms, datacoms, additive manufacturing, light detection & ranging (LiDAR) and optical sensing manufacturers. III-V Epi says that they can also benefit from its wrap-around wafer design, product development, process optimization and complete range of test, metrology and characterization services.