IQE in Wales has formed a partnership with South Korea’s SK Siltron for gallium nitride (GaN) wafers in Asia.
SK Siltron is also a wafer supplier but mainly of silicon for such applications as memories, logic, image sensors and power devices. The agreement formalises a strategic agreement to combine SK Siltron’s significant substrate expertise with IQE’s market-leading epitaxy capabilities.
IQE and SK Siltron will focus on developing and delivering GaN on silicon carbide epiwafers for radio frequency applications in the wireless communications market and GaN-on-Silicon for power electronics applications across a range of markets. Combined, these markets represent a multi-billion dollar opportunity for GaN devices and are forecast for strong growth in consumer, telecom and automotive applications.
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“There are tremendous synergies between IQE’s GaN pedigree and SK Siltron’s substrate offerings, and we will leverage these to bring innovative solutions to market. Expansion in Asia is a key focus for IQE and we are excited to be partnering with a globally-recognised leader in advanced materials,” said Americo Lemos, CEO of IQE.
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