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II-VI launches High-Power Lasers on 6-inch GaAs Platform


Company now in volume production of high-power edge-emitting diodes to meet growing demand for fibre laser pump chips

II-VI has announced that its full product line of high-power semiconductor lasers is now available on its 6-inch GaAs platform.

The intensifying competition and anticipated increase in demand in the laser systems market, including for industry 4.0, medical diagnostics and surgery, and aerospace and defense, is favoring semiconductor laser diode suppliers who can deliver reliably in volume while driving economies of scale.

II-VI is now in volume production on its 6-inch GaAs platform for high-power edge-emitting diodes to meet the growing demand for fibre laser pump chips.

"While there are very few 6-inch GaAs technology platforms for optoelectronics in the world, II-VI already operates several at scale, in three locations globally, including two in the US and one in Switzerland," said Karlheinz Gulden, SVP, Laser Devices and Systems Business Unit.

"To our knowledge, we are the first in the world to produce reliable high-power pump laser diodes and bars on such a scalable platform. By achieving this milestone, II-VI is once again validating the long-term strategic benefit of developing vertically integrated technology platforms in-house, which is the ability to leverage those investments over time across multiple applications."

II-VI˙s high-power semiconductor pump lasers are offered as bare dies and mounted chips. II-VI˙s broad portfolio of components for laser systems includes seed lasers, acousto-optic modulators, fiber Bragg gratings, and kilowatt pump and signal combiners, as well as ion beam sputtering (IBS) coated laser optics and micro-optics for high-power isolators.

In addition to its 6-inch GaAs technology platform for optoelectronics, II-VI has established 6-inch GaAs and GaN-on-SiC technology platforms for RF electronics. II-VI has announced plans to establish a 6-inch SiC vertically integrated platform for power electronics and recently joined the US Semiconductor Industry Association.

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