IQE plc - a wafer foundry

IQE was the world's first dedicated, outsourced compound semiconductor wafer foundry when it set up in 1988. Headquartered in Wales, the compound semiconductor wafers it produces are used by major global chip companies in applications including wireless comms, advanced solar power and high-efficiency LED lighting. The wafers are made in high-spec clean rooms, using sophisticated production tools and extensive intellectual property. Their customers make a wide variety of devices and systems from IQE's wafers.


SPTS Technologies - specialist wafer processing equipment

SPTS Technologies, a KLA company, designs and manufactures advanced wafer processing equipment used by the global semiconductor industry to manufacture integrated circuits. Its equipment enables manufacturers to deposit material with high uniformity onto the surface of a wafer, to etch material selectively and efficiently, and dice the wafer to create advanced electronic devices. Typical applications include MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems), advanced packaging, power semiconductors and LEDs.

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