IQE’s wireless business unit renews contract with major tier 1 customer

19 January 2015

Cardiff, UK, 19 January 2015 - IQE plc (AIM: IQE; “IQE”, the ”Group”) the leading manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafer products to the global semiconductor industry, announces that it has concluded successfully the renegotiation of a long-term supply contract with an existing tier 1 customer for the supply of wafer products used in wireless applications.   

The new supply contract guarantees IQE at least 75% of the customer's demand for epiwafers that are produced using its metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) platform.  It will also see  an expansion in terms of additional products from its molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) platforms.  This contract renewel underlines the strength of the long-term customer relationship that IQE has developed.  

Supply against the new contract will be fulfilled by IQE's Wireless Business Unit from its North American facilities in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, as well as its manufacturing site in Taiwan.  

The contract, worth an estimated US$50million plus,  covers epiwafer products for radio frequency (RF) applications including power amplifiers (PAs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs) and switches used in smartphones, tablets, PCs and other connected devices.  

Dr Drew Nelson, IQE CEO and President, said:  
"Wireless products continue to represent a key part of IQE's core business. The renewal of our long term supply contract with this important key tier 1 customer demonstrates a strong commitment to IQE.  It also confirms our position as the number one choice for advanced semiconductor products for wireless applications."  

Russ Wagner, Head of IQE’s Wireless Business Unit  added  
”This contract renewal, with additional market share, is a testament to the quality, and cost effectiveness of IQE’s wafer products, and to the best in class levels of service we are able to deliver to our customers. The size of the contract is also clearly indicative of the continuing robust demand for compound semiconductor solutions in the wireless industry, being further driven by the adoption of 4G/LTE and WiFi on a global scale.”  

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Note to Editors 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'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, 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 a number of manufacturing and R&D facilities facilities worldwide.