Champaign-based EpiWorks Inc. and POET Technologies Inc. recently announced a multiyear development and production supply agreement.
POET, based in the Silicon Valley, develops opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry. EpiWorks develops and manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers. Epiworks will make wafers for POET's opto-electronics process platform under the agreement.
"We are excited to be working closely with POET Technologies by offering manufacturing excellence and scalability for innovative opto-electronic devices," EpiWorks CEO Quesnell Hartmann said. "By establishing a development and supply agreement, our companies expect to be working closely together for several years, allowing the technology to continuously and rapidly improve long after it is scaled into production."
POET CEO Suresh Venkatesan said said partnership is POET's latest advance in its lab-to-fab commercialization initiative.