AES Semigas


6 December 2022

Vector fast-tracks PCSEL commercialization with all-Scottish prototype supply chain

Vector Photonics Ltd of Glasgow, Scotland, UK says that it is commercializing its all-semiconductor photonic-crystal surface-emitting lasers (PCSELs) using a prototype supply chain based entirely in Scotland’s photonics cluster (a capability claimed to be unique in the industry).

Each step of the supply chain is provided by a Scottish company that is established, profitable, independent and competing successfully in their own respective vertical markets. Also, each firm is a member of Technology Scotland, the industry association representing Scotland’s wider enabling technologies sectors.

“Prototype compound semiconductor lasers can be made entirely within the Scottish photonics cluster. This capability was identified by Vector Photonics whilst commercializing their PCSEL technology,” notes Technology Scotland’s CEO Dr Alastair McInroy, who visited Vector Photonics recently to discuss the supply chain capability further.

“The prototype supply chain provides epitaxy; front-end processing; resist, e-beam, etch and clean; overgrowth; post-overgrowth processing; back-end-of-line; and packaging – all from companies in Scotland’s central belt,” says Vector Photonics’ sales & marketing director Euan Livingston.

“All the companies in the supply chain are Technology Scotland members so, on their behalf, we are keen to raise awareness of this unique capability to government,” says McInroy. “Strategic funding and investment could enable the collaboration necessary to develop alpha and beta supply chains, with both individual and collective company benefits,” he adds. “Scotland’s place as a world-leader in compound semiconductor laser development and production would be secured, with high gross value-added (GVA) jobs created and wider positive implications for Scottish GDP.”

Tags: Laser diodes



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