OneChip’s PIC design enables the company to decouple epitaxial growth and wafer processing to allow outsourcing both functions to independent, pure-play commercial foundries. Under this fabless model, OneChip has been working with IQE for the production of its OneChip-designed 4-inch indium phosphide (InP)-based epitaxial wafers.
“The iron-doped, semi-insulating 4-inch InP substrates, and the metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) growth technique, required for OneChip’s epi-wafers, are the same as those used by IQE for its high-volume epitaxy products, so we have strong economies of scale in working together. IQE is recognized as a leading independent, pure-play epi-wafer foundry, which not only provides world-class services, but also perfectly fits into our fabless PIC manufacturing model,” said Valery Tolstikhin, Founder and CTO of OneChip Photonics.
“OneChip has developed some exciting new integrated photonics products for the high-volume, but cost-sensitive, optical communications markets," said Drew Nelson, President & CEO of IQE. "We are delighted to apply our unique high-volume manufacturing expertise in producing InP-based epi-wafers for OneChip’s innovative PIC technology. OneChip’s use of the fabless manufacturing approach further endorses IQE’s outsourcing business model in the field of photonic devices, and we look forward to helping OneChip continue to scale its business as it extends its unique PIC technology to new markets.”
IQE this week
Nelson last week joined a high-level industry group to advise the European Commission (EC) on the implementation of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) as the only UK representative amongst the group of 35 industrial leaders from across Europe. The formation of the group included an agreement between the European Investment Bank and the EC to support KETs.
Photonics is one of the areas the EC has identified that are essential for Europe to regain and maintain a global leadership in the face of intense competition from Asia and North America. Others include nanotechnology, micro- and nano-electronics, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing technologies.
“It is highly encouraging that the EC has recognized the global importance of Key Enabling Technologies in shaping the future of Europe in the face of stiff global competition," said Nelson. "EC initiatives included in ‘Horizon 2020’ aim to bridge the funding gap – often referred to as the ‘valley of death’ – that has held back EU countries from translating excellent R&D expertise into world leading products and services."
IQE has also had approval from the UK authorities this week for its $75m acquisition of the Kopin Wireless wafer business in the US. Kopin has a long standing arrangement with leading RF chip designer Skyworks to supply wafers.