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30 October 2014

IQE's Infrared Division wins its largest single purchase order for InSb products, worth $1.1m

Epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK has agreed a long-term supply contract for its infrared materials with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer.

Worth about $1.1m over the next 12 months, the new order represents the largest single purchase order for indium antimonide (InSb) products manufactured by IQE Infrared’s UK substrate manufacturing business unit.

IQE says that further details of the specific customer, product and application cannot be disclosed at this time due to confidentiality designed to protect the customer’s IP and retain its competitive advantage. However, the firm adds that InSb is the material of choice for a wide range of sensing devices employed in a growing number of consumer, defence, security, medical and industrial applications.

IQE Infrared is uniquely positioned as a global supplier of InSb materials, with IQE’s US (Galaxy) and UK (Wafer Technology) operations offering the largest antimonide wafer production capacity in the industry, using multiple production tools (crystal growth pullers), providing a secure, dual-sourced supply of InSb wafers.

“This is a significant new order for our world-leading InSb products from a significant industry player with whom we have enjoyed a long relationship,” comments IQE’s CEO Dr Drew Nelson. “The scale of the commitment is a result of IQE Infrared’s industry reputation for offering a high-quality, volume manufacturing capability for InSb materials,” he adds. “Our investment in state-of-the-art crystal growth, wafer production and polishing capabilities enables us to fully meet the growing antimonide product demands of our customers, both in terms of volume and quality, across a full 2-6” product range.”

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