A new semiconductor player has emerged for power electronics.
The New Ventures and Wide-Bandgap Electronics Technologies division of optics specialist II-VI has been formed from the completed acquisitions of wafer maker Ascatron and Innovion integrated with silicon carbide technology licensed from GE. The new division will be led by the former CEO of SiGe Semiconductor, Sohail Khan, as Executive Vice President.
The company has also joined the Semiconductor Industry Association (SiA), highlighting its intent to be a significant player in the semiconductor market.
“Sohail Khan has my utmost respect as an integrated circuits and optoelectronics technologist, a visionary, and an accomplished business leader,” said Dr. Vincent Mattera, Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh-based II-VI. “Guided by Sohail’s leadership and the benefits of our platforms built by our innovations of the last 20 years, we will continue to invest in efficient energy-conversion technology to lead in one of the most exciting markets of our century.”
“Using our in-house knowledge and the technology recently licensed from General Electric, we will establish within II-VI a vertically integrated 150 mm SiC technology platform that we expect will produce the world’s most advanced SiC devices for power electronics,” said Sohail Khan. “We will also support the SIA’s effort to encourage U.S. policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business, and drive international competition.”
For the past two years, Sohail was the Managing Partner for K5 Innovations, and his prior positions include CEO of Lilliputian Systems, a fuel-cell company; CEO of SiGe Semiconductor and EVP of the Infrastructure Group at Agere Systems and President of the IC Division of Lucent Microelectronics.
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