10th May 2022
IQE announces strategic partnership with Porotech
- IQE enters into the microLED market
- Commercialisation of unique microLEDs for production at scale
- Broad range of applications including wearable devices and smart displays
IQE plc (AIM: IQE, "IQE" or the "Group"), the leading supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced material solutions to the global semiconductor industry, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Porotech, a pioneer in microLED and GaN-based semiconductor technology.
The focus of the partnership is to develop, scale and commercialise Porotech's unique wafer technology that achieves all three colours (RGB) on a single 200 or 300mm GaN-based wafer for ultra-high-density and efficient microLEDs, the applications for which include AR/MR/VR, wearable devices, smart displays and large-scale direct view displays.
The intention is for IQE to be Porotech's epitaxial wafer foundry partner, providing GaN MOCVD capacity for the volume production of Porotech's PoroGaN® microdisplay technology platforms. Together, the companies will develop and productionise 200mm manufacturing platforms as well as 300mm wafer formats.
Americo Lemos, Chief Executive Officer of IQE, commented:
"This partnership marks IQE's entrance into the microLED market with a unique platform. As we stated in March 2022, we believe the microLED market presents a significant opportunity for our business. IQE's proven heritage in GaN epitaxy and our industry-leading footprint in high volume wafer manufacturing combined with Porotech's PoroGaN® microdisplay technology platform, will create a compelling and differentiated product offering.''
Porotech, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Dr Tongtong Zhu, added:
"IQE's deep heritage and innovation in MOCVD epitaxial growth technologies, as well as its mass production capability, are optimised for very small high-brightness microLED pixels that match perfectly with Porotech's platform. We look forward to working together to commercialise this solution."
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IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced compound semiconductor wafers and materials solutions that enable a diverse range of applications across:
- handset devices
- global telecoms infrastructure
- connected devices
- 3D sensing
As a scaled global epitaxy wafer manufacturer, IQE is uniquely positioned in this market which has high barriers to entry. IQE supplies the whole market and is agnostic to the winners and losers at chip and OEM level. By leveraging the Group's intellectual property portfolio including know-how and patents, it produces epitaxy wafers of superior quality, yield and unit economics.
IQE is headquartered in Cardiff UK, with c. 685 employees across nine manufacturing locations in the UK, US, Taiwan and Singapore, and is listed on the AIM Stock Exchange in London.