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IQE teams with SK Siltron for GaN wafers

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By Peter Clarke


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.

“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.

www.iqep.com; www.sksiltron.com

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