II-VI EpiWorks expansion to support datacenter, VCSEL, 5G wireless markets

The II-VI EpiWorks Division, which manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers, has begun construction of a new production facility.

The II-VI EpiWorks Division of II‐VI (NASDAQ:IIVI; Saxonburg, PA), which manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers, has begun construction of a new production facility in Champaign, IL. The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-2017 and will enable a quadrupling of capacity over the next three years. In addition to substantial epitaxial wafer production space, the new cleanroom will house a state-of-the-art wafer characterization and test laboratory.

To operate the new facility, EpiWorks is recruiting managers, engineers, and technicians to help expand EpiWorks’ position in the global compound semiconductor industry. Its products support the performance and volume requirements in markets such as InP and GaAs-based optoelectronic communication components for cloud computing and datacenters, VCSELs for 3D sensing, and wide bandgap devices for 5G wireless infrastructure.

Giovanni Barbarossa, Chief Technology Officer and President of the Laser Solutions Segment, said, “The new capacity will support our RF and photonics businesses, and we will have more resources to research and develop new materials and products.” Immediately after merging with II-VI in February, the company ordered three new MOCVD production tools and filled its existing cleanroom space.

Here are related articles on II-VI’s continued growth in photonics. It had acquired both EpiWorks and Anadigics in January and then Direct Photonics in October 2016.

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LightWorks Optical Systems now named II-VI Optical Systems

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Source: II-VI EpiWorks

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