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Wafer Production Plant Opens

Photonics Spectra
Mar 2005
Opto Diode Corp. has opened a domestic wafer fabrication facility in Newbury Park, Calif. The global supplier of visible and infrared LEDs has introduced a line of photodiodes and now offers silicon photodetectors and GaAlAs devices. The facility, which features a Class 1000 cleanroom and a 6-in.-wafer line, is designed to produce prototype photodiodes quickly. The company produces both 100- and 150-mm wafers, and offers high-volume production capabilities to its customers.

A cross-sectional slice cut from an ingot of either single-crystal, fused, polycrystalline or amorphous material that has refined surfaces either lapped or polished. Wafers are used either as substrates for electronic device manufacturing or as optics. Typically, they are made of silicon, quartz, gallium arsenide or indium phosphide.
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