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Oct 8th, 2010
JX to transfer InP epi business to Optrans and form InP joint venture
Tokyo-based JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corp says that it is to transfer the indium phosphide (InP) epitaxial wafer part of its compound semiconductor business to Optrans Corp of Kawasaki, Japan, which makes optoelectronic assemblies and components (including full-color LEDs and photodetectors), as it decides to focus on its compound semiconductor substrate manufacturing business (InP, CdTe and ZnTe) rather than epiwafers.
Founded in 1987 by president Katsuya Homma, in March 2009 Optrans acquired the operations and patented technology of the specialty microchip division of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Advanced Technology (NTT-AT) which, supported by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), had developed epitaxial crystal growth manufacturing technology as well as high-volume manufacturing of ultra-high-speed InP chips.
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