Volume Semicon Laser Manufacturing for Mass-Market LIDAR

II‐VI signed a strategic partnership agreement with Lite-on Technology to partner in the volume manufacturing and commercialization of packaged semiconductor lasers for mass-market light detection and ranging (lidar).

II-VI and Lite-on partner in the volume manufacturing and commercialization of packaged semiconductor lasers for mass-market lidar. (Source: II-VI)

The rapid proliferation of lidar in automotive, commercial, and industrial applications is driving the demand for low-cost semiconductor laser devices that can be manufactured in very high volumes. II-VI and Lite-on plan to leverage their respective high-volume manufacturing platforms for semiconductor lasers and optoelectronic packaging to jointly commercialize over time a broad portfolio of laser solutions spanning from near-infrared to shortwave infrared, with the first product to launch in midyear 2020.

“II-VI is an established leader in highly reliable semiconductor laser diodes that serves a diverse range of end markets including communications, materials processing, aerospace & defense, life sciences, and consumer electronics,” said  Sander Su, associate vice president, OPS SBG, Lite-on. “By leveraging our deep experience in low-cost packaging and high-volume manufacturing, as well as our sales channels in automotive, commercial, and industrial markets, we will be able to meet the window of opportunity for high-volume lidar applications.”

“Lite-on leverages its global manufacturing footprint and sales channels to ship billions of light-emitting diodes each year in automotive and consumer electronics, making them an ideal partner for II-VI,” said Dr. Karlheinz Gulden, vice president, laser devices & systems, II-VI. “We look forward to develop the most vertically integrated lidar laser sources on the market, driving our competitive leadership in terms of performance and value.”

II-VI, a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components, is a vertically integrated manufacturing company that develops innovative products for diversified applications in communications, materials processing, aerospace & defense, semiconductor capital equipment, life sciences, consumer electronics, and automotive markets.

Founded in 1975, Lite-on Technology is a worldwide leading provider of optoelectronics, information technology, and storage device components.

Links: LITE-ON Technology Corporation, Taipei City, TaiwanII-VI Incorporated, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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