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IQE announces multi-year supply agreement with AWSC

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Three year supply agreement covers epi wafers spanning a range of AWSC’s wireless products

Compound semiconductor wafer firm IQE has signed a multi-year agreement with long term partner Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) for the supply of epiwafers for wireless applications.

AWSC, a Taiwanese compound semiconductor wafer fabrication company, offers GaAs HBT, pHEMT and BiHEMT technologies for wireless 4G, 5G, and satellite applications as well as optoelectronic device (VCSEL) fabrication services for AR/VR, LiDAR, 3D sensing, automotive, and optical communication applications. It has been a partner of IQE for over twenty years.

This new three-year supply agreement covers epitaxial wafers spanning a range of AWSC’s wireless products, including those which enable 4G and 5G mobile handsets and WiFi products.The agreement provides IQE with diversification opportunities into mass market power amplifier products. IQE and AWSC will also partner in the design and development of solutions for next-generation wireless applications.

Americo Lemos, CEO of IQE, commented: “This strategic partnership agreement, our first with AWSC, represents IQE’s new approach to business. AWSC and IQE are building upon our longstanding relationship to accelerate innovation by bringing new solutions to serve the growing markets of smart connected devices and automotive. We are very excited about the great opportunities ahead of us in the market.”

Eric Huang, president of AWSC, commented: “At AWSC, we continuously work on process improvement and new technology development to meet our customers’ requirements. Our partnership with IQE enables us to create leading-edge solutions and to transition them seamlessly to volume production. We are happy to extend and expand our relationship with IQE.”

Pictured from left to right: Simon Dann, IQE Taiwan GM; Kevin Huang, IQE APAC sales VP; Kooky Xue, AWSC sales and marketing manager; Americo Lemos, IQE CEO; Eric Huang, AWSC president; Chi Hsieh, IQE Taiwan chairman; and Wesley Huang, IQE Taiwan senior advisor.

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