IQE Qualifies VCSELs For Asian Company
Company announces device and module qualification for epi-wafers
IQE plc has announced the successful device and module qualification for VCSEL epi-wafers for a major Asian OEM. This represents an important development in the adoption of 3D sensing technology by Android smartphones, with production volumes anticipated in 2020.
VCSELs are a key component in multiple current and future 3D sensor systems, using both structured light and Time of Flight (ToF) technologies. Applications range from 3D Facial Identification (front facing) systems and world facing cameras on mobile handsets, to LiDAR and in cabin sensing for autonomous drive vehicles.
Production volumes are expected to ramp strongly over the next few years as adoption across multiple mobile platforms and other use cases proliferate. In anticipation of this strong growth, IQE has invested over the last two years in building the worlds' largest VCSEL epi-wafer facility in Newport, UK (IQE's Mega Epi Foundry).