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19 March 2014

EpiWorks expanding MOCVD production capacity

EpiWorks Inc of Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA, which manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers for applications in optical components, wireless devices and high-speed communication systems, has announced a major multi-faceted expansion of its production capacity.

“A clear migration toward applications that require significantly higher volumes, particularly in the area of optical materials and photonics, is underway,” says director of sales & marketing Nick Kolarich. “The markets include consumer electronics, sensors and displays, digital projection, and data communications,” he adds. EpiWorks’ latest expansion is part of an “aggressive, long-term production capacity roadmap to satisfy increasing demand from photonic and RF customers”.

The expansion increases the firm’s ability to produce high volumes of 4-inch and 6-inch wafers for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), edge-emitting lasers, detectors and photovoltaics with what is claimed to be an industry-leading cost structure. The new capacity includes upgrades to existing tools and the latest Aixtron 2800 G4 metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technology, allowing EpiWorks to quickly meet demand while providing greater flexibility for new product development.

“For many years EpiWorks has been the leading US-based manufacturing and development partner for novel and advanced photonic and optical devices,” claims CEO Quesnell Hartmann. “Customers have leveraged our development expertise to commercialize numerous complex advanced technologies from the lab into next-generation photonic products,” he adds.

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