II-VI and LITE-ON partner for volume manufacturing and marketing of semiconductor lasers for mass-market LiDAR

Created September 12, 2019
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Semiconductor laser manufacturer II‐VI and optoelectronic component maker LITE-ON have partnered in the volume manufacturing and commercialisation of packaged semiconductor lasers for mass-market light detection and ranging (LiDAR).

The rapid proliferation of LiDAR in automotive, commercial, and industrial applications is driving the demand for low-cost semiconductor laser devices that can be manufactured in very high volumes. II-VI and LITE-ON will leverage their respective high-volume manufacturing platforms for semiconductor lasers and optoelectronic packaging to jointly commercialise over time a broad portfolio of laser solutions spanning from near-infrared (NIR) to shortwave infrared (SWIR), with the first product to launch in midyear 2020.

“II-VI is an established leader in highly reliable semiconductor laser diodes that serves a diverse range of end markets including communications, materials processing, aerospace and defence, life sciences, and consumer electronics,” said Mr. Sander Su, Associate Vice President, OPS SBG, LITE-ON Technology Corporation. “By leveraging our deep experience in low-cost packaging and high-volume manufacturing, as well as our sales channels in automotive, commercial, and industrial markets, we will be able to meet the window of opportunity for high-volume LiDAR applications.”

“LITE-ON leverages its global manufacturing footprint and sales channels to ship billions of light-emitting diodes each year in automotive and consumer electronics, making them an ideal partner for II-VI,” said Dr. Karlheinz Gulden, Vice President, Laser Devices & Systems Business Unit, II-VI Incorporated (pictured). “We look forward to develop the most vertically integrated LiDAR laser sources on the market, driving our competitive leadership in terms of performance and value.”

II-VI’s broad portfolio of products for LiDAR includes laser sources, filters, mirrors, lenses, windows, and thermoelectric coolers.

For more information, visit www.ii-vi.com

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.