Wafer supplier IQE plc (Cardiff, Wales) has said it has signed a multi-year supply agreement with a global consumer electronics leader based in Asia.
The deal with the unnamed customer includes the development of VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface emitting laser) technology for 3D sensing applications. This includes joint R&D for next-generation sensing and use cases.
VCSEL arrays are used for for dot projectors and flood illuminators for facial recognition to unlock smartphones and are in use for this purpose by Apple. Meanwhile Samsung has face-identification based on the user-facing camera.
Americo Lemos, CEO of IQE, commented: “This agreement marks the start of a long-term strategic relationship between two industry leaders. At IQE we have demonstrated our ability to deliver unparalleled levels of innovation, scale and quality over the history of our VCSEL production. To secure this partnership with a consumer electronics company of this calibre reaffirms our position as the leading global vendor of VCSEL products to the semiconductor industry.”
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