IQE launches Germanium on Insulator (GeOI) wafers for high performance integrated circuits and devices

06 July 2009

Cardiff, July 6th 2009: IQE, the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services to the semiconductor industry, announces the launch of extremely high crystal quality germanium-on-insulator (GeOI) engineered substrates for high-performance devices.
Engineers at IQE’s Cardiff-based silicon epitaxy facility have developed innovative new manufacturing techniques to overcome long-standing challenges to produce GeOI material with extremely high crystalline quality.
The launch introduces production-ready Germanium on Insulator (GeOI) as the latest addition to IQE’s broad portfolio of advanced wafer products.
The new engineered GeOI substrate offers extremely high crystal quality and is available now, allowing device designers to look beyond the performance constraints imposed by existing silicon technologies.
Ali Hoy, Sales and Business Development Manager for IQE’s electronics products said:
“IQE already offers the broadest range of engineered wafer products and this addition of high-mobility GeOI material for next-generation processor, memory, MEMs and solar applications, shows our commitment to ensuring that our customers maintain their competitive advantage through rapid access to leading-edge technology solutions.”
GeOI development kits are available now in 4” (100mm) and 6” (150mm) diameter wafer sizes and the new addition to IQE’s diverse product range will be showcased at Semicon West, the semiconductor industry’s premier event, which will be held in San Francisco from 14th to 16th July 2009. 8” (200mm) wafers will be available later this year.

VISIT IQE at SEMICON WEST, July 14-16: South Hall, Booth #1013

TECHNICAL/SALES IQE plc (+44 29 2083 7500, Ali Hoy Rob Harper

PRESS / INVESTORS IQE plc (+44 29 2083 9400, Chris Meadows Drew Nelson
Noble & Company Limited (+ 44 20 7763 2200) John Llewellyn-Lloyd Sam Reynolds
College Hill (+44 20 7457 2020) Adrian Duffield Carl Franklin

Note to Editors 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's products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; optical communications, optical storage (CD, DVD), laser optical mouse, laser printers & photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, ultra high brightness LEDs, a variety of advanced silicon based systems and high efficiency concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells.
The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer costs and accelerate time to market.
IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customised materials for specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. The Group is also able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost of raw materials. In this way IQE's outsourced services, provide compelling benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby significantly reducing operating risk.
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.