The achievement of full product qualification status is the result of extensive quality and process audits by the customer and their end OEM, as well as exhaustive product qualification trials including full reliability testing at the mega foundry. Qualification of further tools is in progress and is expected to complete over the coming months.
In addition to the qualification with this first customer, further VCSEL product qualifications are at advanced stages with more than ten other customers, two of which are expected to reach a successful conclusion over the next few weeks, says the epi wafer manufacturer.
The Newport mega foundry is the largest outsource epi facility for advanced compound semiconductors globally and has been under construction for the last 18 months. It currently has ten large-scale production MOCVD tools installed, with space for up to an additional 90 tools. The manufacturing facility also houses an extensive suite of highly advanced wafer characterization tools to ensure outstanding, world-class wafer quality.
The first ten tools are dedicated to 6” VCSEL production for end applications that include 3D sensing, high-speed datacoms, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), LiDAR, proximity sensing and Time of Flight (ToF) systems.