IQE buys RFMD's epi-wafer plant
June 11, 2012 // Peter Clarke
Wafer supplier IQE plc (Cardiff, Wales) has agreed to acquire the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) epitaxial wafer growth manufacturing unit of RF Micro Devices Inc. (Greensboro, North Carolina).
RFMD's GaAs semiconductor products incorporate transistor layers grown on either an MBE or metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process. RFMD already outsources all MOCVD-based starting material, and RFMD will outsource MBE-based starting material with the completion of the transfer to IQE.
The value of assets to be transferred to IQE, including a building in Greensboro, North Carolina, is estimated to be worth $27 million. However, IQE is not paying directly for the assets but through a discount-priced exclusive wafer supply agreement. This includes the supply of $55 million in wafers minimum order in the first two years.
RFMD will continue to own and operate wafer fabs for RF components in Greensboro, and Newton Aycliffe, England.
The assets being transferred to IQE include a fully fitted clean room of over 90,000 square feet and 16 MBE tools housed in a 135,000 square foot stand-alone building in Greensboro, North Carolina. The local management and employees for the unit, consisting of 70 people, will also transfer directly to IQE.
IQE said that it intends to use unallocated capacity from the Greensboro facility to increase its supply of wafers for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells in respect of an agreement with Solar Junction Inc. (San Jose, Calif.).
The agreement with RFMD is expected to allow IQE to expand its supply of wafers for solar to a value of $35 million annually without the need for significant capital expenditure.
"The deal secures IQE world class epi-wafer production assets and staff, together with a long term wafer supply agreement, further strengthening our leadership position in the supply of wafers to the global wireless industry," said Drew Nelson, president and CEO of IQE, in a statement.
Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, said: "We believe this is a mutually beneficial transaction for both RFMD and IQE. Of note, we expect this transaction will provide RFMD with lower MBE and MOCVD pricing, higher return on invested capital (ROIC), and more predictable operating results."
Update yourself on anti-counterfeiting measures at Mouser
July 28, 2014
Global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components Mouser Electronics has unveiled a new Anti-Counterfeiting ...
60 GHz startup targets mobile
Dual 13A or single 26A μModule regulator integrates digital power system management
What's that smell? An app for that soon, says Sensirion
GE phosphor powder creates more vibrant LED displays
Sensor manufacturer extends software capabilities
July 25, 2014
Swiss sensor manufacturer Sensirion has developed the smallest sensor for humidity and temperature and integrated it - a ...
Foremost Electronics to distribute NKK's switches in the UK
Traffic light switches to smart mode
Sony investing in stacked image sensor manufacturing capacity
- Testing GPS with a Simulator
- DSM presents: Select the best plastic for DDR4
- Dual 13A μModule Regulator with Digital Interface for Remote Monitoring & Control of Power
- Exploring the Business Model Evolution of High-Tech Equipment Manufacturers
InterviewCEO interview: China, not Apple, is way to go, says mCube CEO
Ben Lee, CEO of MEMS startup mCube, explains why he wants to spend $37 million on being a supplier of sensors to Chinese ODMs and avoiding a design win with Apple or Samsung.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Altium Ltd is offering EETimes Europe's readers the chance to win one TASKING VX-Toolset for ARM Cortex-M Premium Edition, normally licensed for 2.395 Euros, for ultra-rapid prototyping and code development around ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers.
The VX-toolset for ARM is the first TASKING compiler suite to receive the Software Platform technology, which is seamlessly...Read more
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.