Canadian Manufacturing

Toronto tech firm signs R&D deal with BAE Systems

The collaboration includes process transfer, prototype builds and design enabling kit development



TORONTO and STORRS, Conn.—Toronto-based POET Technologies Inc. has signed a collaboration agreement with multinational defence and technology corporation BAE Systems Microelectronics.

POET develops planar opto-electronic technology (POET) for fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor wafer.

The contract with BAE Systems will see BAE provide non-exclusive third-party foundry services in support of POET’s commercialization plan. The current phase of the work will be performed between March 2015 and August 2015.

The collaboration includes process transfer, prototype builds and design enablement kit development. Using BAE Systems’ ISO Certified manufacturing facility will ensure POET improves the quality, process control and analytical capacity of prototype builds. The result will be both a more manufacturable process and improved optimization of the device structures included in the POET technology.

Initial phases of the program will be performed using 3-inch wafers but from the onset the program will work towards the objective of achieving the full process flow on 6-inch wafers.

“The POET technology incorporates silicon processes into GaAs integrated circuits, producing multifunction chips such as photonics and electronics that will provide enhanced commercial and military products,” said Dr. P.C. Chao, technical director at BAE Systems.

POET Technologies designs III-V semiconductor devices for military, industrial and commercial applications, including infrared sensor arrays and ultra-low-power random access memory.

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