Spain launches III-V foundry for photonics

Spain launches III-V foundry for photonics

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By Peter Clarke

Sparc Foundry (Vigo, Spain) has been launched as a compound semiconductor foundry and photonics research center.

The company is led by Professor Francisco J. Diaz Otero and will include a 1,600 square meter clean room. The foundry is expected to become operational by late 2023.

The company aims to manufacture III-V semiconductors to address high-speed electronics and photonic opportunities across a range of markets including optical communications, displays, lighting, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, sensing, and quantum technologies.

Sparc Foundry is expected to cooperate with existing silicon photonics technologies at Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC), and with the hybrid integration processes at UPVfab pilot line in Valencia.

The company’s website does not yet provide any information about where funding is coming from or how much is being spent to establish the company.

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