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II-VI Incorporated Announces Availability of Full Product Line of High-Power Semiconductor Lasers on 6-inch GaAs Platform

/EIN News/ -- PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- II‐VI Incorporated (Nasdaq: IIVI), a leader in gallium arsenide (GaAs) optoelectronics, today announced that its full product line of high-power semiconductor lasers is now available on its 6-inch GaAs platform.

The intensifying competition and anticipated increase in demand in the laser systems market, including for industry 4.0, medical diagnostics and surgery, and aerospace and defense, is favoring semiconductor laser diode suppliers who can deliver reliably in volume while driving economies of scale. II-VI is now in volume production on its 6-inch GaAs platform for high-power edge-emitting diodes to meet the growing demand for fiber laser pump chips. II-VI achieved this milestone by leveraging decades of expertise in manufacturing highly reliable high-power GaAs edge-emitting pump lasers, and by building on its momentum in deploying 6-inch GaAs optoelectronics platforms for 3D sensing and high-speed datacom applications.

“While there are very few 6-inch GaAs technology platforms for optoelectronics in the world, II-VI already operates several at scale, in three locations globally, including two in the U.S. and one in Switzerland,” said Dr. Karlheinz Gulden, Senior Vice President, Laser Devices and Systems Business Unit. “To our knowledge, we are the first in the world to produce reliable high-power pump laser diodes and bars on such a scalable platform. By achieving this milestone, II-VI is once again validating the long-term strategic benefit of developing vertically integrated technology platforms in-house, which is the ability to leverage those investments over time across multiple applications.”

II-VI’s high-power semiconductor pump lasers are offered as bare dies and mounted chips. II-VI’s broad portfolio of components for laser systems includes seed lasers, acousto-optic modulators, fiber Bragg gratings, and kilowatt pump and signal combiners, as well as ion beam sputtering (IBS) coated laser optics and micro-optics for high-power isolators.

In addition to its 6-inch GaAs technology platform for optoelectronics, II-VI has established 6-inch GaAs and GaN-on-SiC (gallium nitride on silicon carbide) technology platforms for RF electronics. II-VI has announced plans to establish a 6-inch SiC vertically integrated platform for power electronics and recently joined the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association.

About II-VI Incorporated

II-VI Incorporated, a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components, is a vertically integrated manufacturing company that develops innovative products for diversified applications in communications, materials processing, aerospace and defense, semiconductor capital equipment, life sciences, consumer electronics, and automotive markets. Headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, the Company has research and development, manufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facilities worldwide. The Company produces a wide variety of application-specific photonic and electronic materials and components, and deploys them in various forms, including integrated with advanced software to support our customers. For more information, please visit us at

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