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24 August 2015

POET enters into VCSEL manufacturing services agreement with Anadigics

POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Canada – which, through subsidiary OPEL Defense Integrated Systems (ODIS Inc) of Storrs, CT, USA, has developed the proprietary planar optoelectronic technology (POET) platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated III-V-based electronic and optical devices on a single semiconductor wafer – has entered into a manufacturing services agreement with broadband wireless and wireline communications component maker Anadigics Inc of Warren, NJ, USA for vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) process transfer and manufacturing.

POET says that the agreement accelerates the transition of its technology from lab-to-fab and enables prototype demonstrations in a mature and capable manufacturing environment. "Anadigics has proven manufacturing capabilities and a long track record of innovation," says POET's CEO Dr Suresh Venkatesan. "Their recent entry into foundry manufacturing for VCSELs was timely for POET," he adds.

Anadigics' custom VCSEL foundry services leverage its proven wafer manufacturing line and toolset to provide scalability. Combined with its test capabilities, the firm's wafer foundry services support the aggressive volume and cost requirements of new VCSEL applications, POET says. Anadigics' VCSEL foundry manufacturing and test capabilities were featured at May's 2015 Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology conference (CS ManTech) in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

"With the industry's first 6-inch VCSEL wafer fabrication line, ANADIGICS is able to offer manufacturing excellence and scalability, helping POET Technologies achieve its volume, quality, and reliability goals for the company's innovative optoelectronic devices," comments Anadigics' director of optical products Dr David Cheskis. 

POET intends to start transferring its proprietary technology to Anadigics' manufacturing operations in fourth-quarter 2015 and anticipates demonstrating integrated VCSEL prototypes in second-quarter 2016.

"The new management team, along with founder & chief scientific advisor Dr Geoff Taylor, have assessed both internal and outsourced fabrication of POET's disruptive technology and feels that the quickest path to our commercialization goal is through outsourcing,"  says executive co-chairman Ajit Manocha. "The board of directors has fully endorsed the company's strategy and the prospective path for lab-to-fab-to-commercialization." 

See related items:

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POET appoints GlobalFoundries' senior VP of technology development as its CEO

BAE Systems to provide foundry services for POET's Lab-to-Fab transition

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