IQE's Wafer Technology division launches new 4" product range

04 February 2010

Milton Keynes, UK. February 2010: IQE plc (AIM: IQE, “IQE” or the “Group”), the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and wafer services to the semiconductor industry, is pleased to announce that its UK based wafer operation, Wafer Technology Ltd., is to extend its gallium antimonide (GaSb) product range to include 4” diameter wafers.
GaSb materials are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products including infrared laser diodes, detectors and thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells that can convert infrared (heat) energy into electrical power.
4” GaSb-Te wafers are now available and can be specified in the same way as for existing 2” and 3” GaSb products. High accuracy orientations (+/-0.1 deg.) and proprietary epitaxy ready finishes are offered to ensure consistent performance in epitaxial growth. Whole 4” wafer etch pit density (EPD) maps (69 points) are supplied to support yield maximisation in the manufacture of large area detector arrays.
The new product offering will be produced at the Group’s Wafer Technology facility in Milton Keynes, UK.
Dr. Mark J. Furlong, General Manager at Wafer Technology, commented:
“Delivering 4” GaSb product is an important milestone for Wafer Technology, especially at a time when the industry is looking to produce larger area epitaxially grown arrays.
“Our 4” GaSb wafers have been very well received by our first customers qualifying this product, so we are looking forward to satisfying new demands for large area GaSb wafers in 2010.”


Contacts:
IQE plc (+44 29 2083 9400) Chris Meadows
Wafer Technology Limited (+ 44 1908 210 444) Dr Mark Furlong


About IQE
IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative outsourced foundry services portfolio that allows the Group to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers.
IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology (epitaxy) to manufacture and supply bespoke semiconductor wafers ('epi-wafers') to the major chip manufacturing companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms.
IQE operates six manufacturing facilities located in Cardiff (two) and Milton Keynes in the UK; in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Somerset, New Jersey in the USA; and Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.

About Wafer Technology Ltd
Wafer Technology Ltd is a U.K. based producer of III-V materials and epi-ready substrates. Founded in 1957, the company has a long and well established history in the manufacture of III-V materials and offers the widest product range in the business.
Wafer Technology is a wholly owned subsidiary of IQE plc, the world’s leading MOCVD and MBE epitaxial wafer foundry. Close relationships with all Group member companies supports Wafer Technology’s thorough understanding of the latest material and device market trends which in turn are utilised by the company to develop new product types.
Wafer Technology’s unrivalled choice of material types and forms enables it to support almost any customer application.