IQE believes that this achievement of full product qualification status is the result of extensive quality and process audits by the customer and their end OEM, as well as its product qualification trials including full reliability testing.
The Newport Mega Foundry currently has 10 large-scale production MOCVD tools installed, with space for up to an additional 90 tools. The manufacturing facility also houses an extensive suite of highly advanced wafer characterisation tools to ensure world-class wafer quality.
In addition to this qualification, further VCSEL product qualifications are at advanced stages with more than 10 other customers, two of which are expected to reach a successful conclusion over the next few weeks.
Dr Drew Nelson, CEO and President of IQE, commented: “IQE is committed to leadership of this mass CS scaling, offering a unique range of wafer products and complementary technologies, enabling our customers to introduce disruptive products to the end marketplace. We have a powerful and extensive roadmap for VCSEL technology, which we believe will help the acceleration of the deployment of VCSELs across many end applications.”