IQE signs strategic supply agreement for laser wafers

IQE signs strategic supply agreement for laser wafers

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By Nick Flaherty

IQE in Wales has signed a multi-year agreement with photonics giant Lumentum for the supply of epiwafers supporting 3D sensing, LiDAR for automotive and optical networking applications.

Lumentum has been a long-term partner of IQE and the deal is focused on high volume production of epiwafers which will be used across Lumentum’s portfolio of innovative laser products, in particular to enable LiDAR for autonomous vehicles.

The deal will also extend to biometric security, data communications, and extended reality (XR). There is also further provision for multi-year joint research and development initiatives.

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“Our partnership with Lumentum is in alignment with our strategy to strengthen our customer relationships and to enter into long-term agreements securing wafer supply. Lumentum and IQE are industry leaders in the 3D Sensing space, and this partnership is underpinned by IQE’s unrivalled technology portfolio. We look forward to our continued collaboration and expansion of our business relationship into new market segments,” said Americo Lemos, Chief Executive Officer of IQE.

“I am pleased to extend our fruitful partnership with IQE into the future. They supported our ramp to high volumes in the consumer space, where we have shipped more than 1 billion large scale VCSEL arrays,” said Alan Lowe, Chief Executive Officer of Lumentum. “As we start to ramp high volumes of differentiated solutions into even more demanding applications in the coming years in the automotive, extended reality, and industrial spaces, I’m sure our partnership will continue to flourish.”;

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