HexaTech, a US supplier of single crystal AlN substrates, has announced signing two strategic agreements with Osram Opto Semiconductors, of Regensburg, Germany.
The agreements include a long term supply commitment for HexaTech’s AlN substrates, direct support of HexaTech’s 2in diameter substrate development program, as well as licensing of certain HexaTech intellectual property (IP).
HexaTech has developed a valuable knowledge base for optoelectronic, high power and RF applications based on its proprietary AlN substrate material. The material is enabling long life UV-C LEDs for disinfection applications, deep UV lasers for biological threat detection, and high voltage power semiconductors for smart grid and efficient power conversion.
“We view this collaborative partnership with Osram as truly a win/win for both companies,” stated HexaTech CEO John Goehrke. “By licensing our technology, Osram is able to accelerate their UV-C LED device development based on HexaTech’s material, and we are able to focus on our core competency, supplying world-class AlN substrates.”
He further added: “We’re thrilled that Osram, a clear industry leader, recognises the tremendous value our IP and substrates provide for UV-C applications, which once again demonstrates our belief that the best substrate material yields the best device performance.”
Hans-Juergen Lugauer, head of UV-LED research and development at Osram Opto Semiconductors remarked: “Through Osram’s strategy of actively expanding our non-visible optoelectronic product portfolio into the UV-C wavelength range, we are poised to capitalise on this rapidly growing market segment."
He added: "Establishing a long-term strategic relationship with HexaTech, a recognised industry leader in the field of AlN, will allow us to develop highly efficient and reliable deep UV devices, positioning Osram as the dominant high performance optoelectronic technology provider from the deep ultraviolet through infrared wavelengths.”
HexaTech’s current product lines include single crystal and polycrystalline AlN substrates, with advanced device technologies based on AlN substrates also in development.