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Plasma Processes for High Volume Manufacturing of VCSELs

While Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) have been used in data communications for over 20 years, there are a host of emerging applications that are boosting demand for VCSEL production and performance. These include less well-known applications such as infrared illumination/heating and atomic clocks, to better-known proximity sensing for automotive safety, high-resolution video display, and gesture/facial recognition. This article gives a broad overview of some of these applications driving demand for etch and deposition technologies used in the manufacturing of VCSEL structures on compound semiconductor wafers.

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Plasma Processes for High Volume Manufacturing of VCSELs

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£1.3M UK Funding For Semiconductor Process Development

The Welsh Government has announced a new £1.3 million project to develop world-leading process technologies for a range of applications, including autonomous vehicles, novel devices for clean energy, future mobility, artificial intelligence, advanced packaging, and biosensors and wearable sensors. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the ASSET project (Application Specific Semiconductor Etching Technology) is funded under the Welsh Government's SMARTExpertise programme and is an industrially driven, collaborative project with partners across south Wales, including: SPTS Technologies, IQE, the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), Biovici, BioMEMS, Swansea and Cardiff Universities, and Integrated Compound Semiconductors Ltd (Manchester).

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£1.3M UK Funding For Semiconductor Process Development

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200mm Cools Off, But not For long

Others see demand for different applications. “Our first-half demand was good for 200mm and smaller wafer sizes, notably on wide bandgap semiconductors for high-performance power devices,” said Kevin Crofton, president of SPTS Technologies and executive vice president at Orbotech. “For the second half, we are seeing a pick-up in all sectors, in particular, RF power amplifiers and filtering for 5G infrastructure, which are 200mm and 150mm wafer activities.” Recently, KLA completed its previously announced acquisition of SPTS/Orbotech. SPTS offers 200mm deposition and etch tools. “We never stopped building new process equipment for 200mm and smaller wafer sizes,” Crofton said. “MEMS, RF, photonics and power semis are made on silicon and other substrates based on 200mm, 150mm and 100mm.”

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200mm Cools Off, But not For long

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Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019

“iPhones and smartwatches are the building blocks of the future to pass data to our HMOs, but it has to be simple devices that monitor vital signs and blood chemistries that can be easily transmitted using RFID chips.” Find out what else Kevin Crofton, SPTS’ CEO has to say about technology megatrends and their impact on the semiconductor industry, as well as the human data experience that will take place when everything we do will have data associated with it.

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Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019

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£50m research centre with Bath Uni targets LEDs and radio technologies

A £50m project is aiming to be Europe’s leading centre for compound semiconductors such as gallium nitride and silicon carbide for LED, radio and power applications. The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult will be based in Newport, Wales, with support from the University of Bath. It is about to appoint a chief executive and create a technology campus.  

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£50m research centre with Bath Uni targets LEDs and radio technologies

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Acquisition sees boom time for semiconductor equipment

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Three years ago, US-Israeli printed circuit board inspection company Orbotech bought a semiconductor equipment maker in Wales in a surprise move. Today, SPTS retains its branding and is seeing a resurgence in LED manufacturing equipment and a range of opportunities for a new plasma dicing technology.

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Acquisition sees boom time for semiconductor equipment

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UK plans IMEC equivalent for compound semiconductors

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A £50m project in the UK is aiming to build the equivalent of the Belgian research company IMEC for compound semiconductors such as gallium nitride and silicon carbide for LED, RF and power applications.  

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UK plans IMEC equivalent for compound semiconductors

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Forging a bright future for IC and package quality

Vendors are taking a variety of approaches to boosting semiconductor quality and reducing time to market. Offerings range from instrument modules in PXI and LXI formats to complete test and related systems—and finally on to software that manages “data lakes,” applying AI/machine learning for analytics. Application areas are similarly varied—extending from analog to high-speed digital and on to RF, with wireless and IoT devices gaining considerable attention. SEMICON West, scheduled for July 11-13 in San Francisco, will provide companies an opportunity to highlight these products and technologies.

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Forging a bright future for IC and package quality

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Insider: Newport and Gwent Businesses Among Queen's Award Winners

Three companies in the Newport and Gwent area are among six in Wales to receive a Queen's Awards for Enterprise for their contribution to international trade and innovation. The awards are now in their 51st year with a total of 176 businesses winning in 2017. Among the Welsh winners is Newport-based SPTS Technologies Group, which won in the international trade category.

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Insider: Newport and Gwent Businesses Among Queen's Award Winners

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Businesses recognised for enterprise excellence on Queen's birthday

Business Secretary Greg Clark today named the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 91st birthday. This included six businesses from across Wales who have been recognised for their contribution to sustainable development, international trade and innovation - including SPTS Technologies Group Ltd.

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Businesses recognised for enterprise excellence on Queen's birthday

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Plasma Dicing: Strength in Numbers

The demand for smaller electronic products including burgeoning loT applications hos led to new focus on die size and wafer singulation. Richard Barnett, Etch Product Manager at SPTS Technologies explains how the benefits of plasma dicing grow as die continue to shrink.

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Gwent-based businesses score hat-trick at Welsh Business Awards

Three Gwent-based businesses triumphed at the Welsh Business Awards, organised by the South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce at the National Museum of Wales. Newport hi-tech firm SPTS Technologies was victorious in the Commitment to Skills and People Development category. Multiple training opportunities, high staff retention levels, apprenticeships, on-site chiropractic and massage appointments, as well as a profit-related bonus for staff worldwide, all contributed to SPTS Technologies’ victory.  

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