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IQE Enters into Multiyear Epiwafer Supply Agreement with Lumentum

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IQE plc, a supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced materials, signed a multiyear agreement with Lumentum for the supply of epiwafers supporting 3D sensing, lidar for automotive, and optical networking applications.

Effective immediately, the agreement is focused on high-volume production of epiwafers that will be used across Lumentum’s portfolio of laser products, in particular to enable lidar for autonomous vehicles, where IQE will be the epitaxy partner of choice for this technology.

IQE and Lumentum signed a multiyear agreement for the supply of epiwafers supporting 3D Sensing, lidar for automotive and optical networking applications. Courtesy of IQE.
IQE and Lumentum signed a multiyear agreement for the supply of epiwafers supporting 3D Sensing, lidar for automotive and optical networking applications. Courtesy of IQE.
The companies have collaborated previously, as both noted in a shared press release. “I am pleased to extend our fruitful partnership with IQE into the future,” Lumentum CEO Alan Lowe said, adding that IQE supported Lumentum’s ramp-up to high volumes in the consumer space, with a focus on large-scale VCSEL arrays. “As we start to ramp high volumes of differentiated solutions into even more demanding applications in the coming years in the automotive, extended reality, and industrial spaces, I’m sure our partnership will continue to flourish.”

Published: June 2022
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