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May 14th, 2010
IQE announces 6" wafer capability for CPV applications
Epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, UK has developed epitaxial processes for producing high-efficiency, triple-junction concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells with comparable results on both 6 inch diameter germanium (Ge) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) substrates.
IQE has been supplying the global chip industry as a pure-play contract manufacturer for more than two decades and is established in GaAs-based epiwafer products for wireless applications including RF components for mobile phone handsets. The group, which has manufacturing sites across Europe (Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Bath in the UK), Asia (Singapore) and the USA (Bethlehem, PA and Somerset, NJ), has been working with key partners during the last two years to develop multi-junction solar technologies for the provision of large-scale renewable energy.
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