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Zephyr’s facility is home to III-V MBE growth,e-beam lithography,automated wafer probing,wafer lapping,die attach and more


demands components that can tolerate high temperatures and process high 10 Gbit/s per channel data rates. Steding is certain Zephyr’s products will fit the bill. For example, its VCSELs feature strained InGaAs quantum well active regions for improved gain, while proprietary distributed Bragg reflector designs promise the necessary performance in harsh conditions.


“On board optical interconnects are going to be vital to high performance computing. Our high-temperature components can handle the energy densities and high temperatures of these systems,” he adds.


And as Steding’s colleague, Tim McAllister, vice president of business development highlights: “The whole silicon photonics market place is opening up. We are looking at partnerships with customers that are seeing an increasing demand for the high density [integration of] VCSELs to support these chips.”


But it’s not just high performance computing and data communications; the oil and gas, and mining industries are additional target markets. According to Steding, the company’s VCSEL designs enable interconnects that operate to 155 °C.


“This resilience to temperature and vibration... [means they are] suited to extreme heat conditions in down hole oil drilling applications,” he says.


And the company claims to be already seeing results. “Since we made this announcement, we’ve had calls from small companies that have been working at a university level but now need more fabrications,” claims McAllister. “There is quite a gap between the wafer processing capabilities a university provides and the services and equipment we have been able to put together following years of advanced photonics research.”


So 2013 looks like an interesting year for the Zephyr team. Steding asserts the foundry has a lot of spare capacity and its business is ready to ramp up activities to meet new demand.


Meanwhile McAllister has an eye on what he describes as numerous start-ups and other businesses working in high speed data applications, high-performance computing as well infrared applications for consumer electronics. “After years of development, we have a number of patents and more on the way that will help these companies cut their time to market.”


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