Osram signs power substrate deal with HexaTech

February 16, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Osram has signed a strategic deal to use single crystal aluminium nitride (AlN) wafers as the substrate for ultraviolet LEDs and power devices.

The deal between HexaTech in the US and Osram Opto Semiconductors of Regensburg, Germany includes a long term supply commitment for HexaTech’s AlN substrates, direct support of HexaTech’s 2in diameter substrate development program, as well as licensing some HexaTech intellectual property (IP).

HexaTech is a leading commercial supplier of single crystal AlN substrates used for optoelectronics, high power for smart grid and efficient power conversion and RF applications. “We view this collaborative partnership with OSRAM as truly a win-win for both companies,” said John Goehrke, CEO of HexaTech. “By licensing our technology, OSRAM is able to accelerate their UV-C LED device development based on HexaTech’s material, and we are able to focus on our core competency, supplying world-class AlN substrates.” 

“Through OSRAM’s strategy of actively expanding our non-visible optoelectronic product portfolio into the UV-C wavelength range, we are poised to capitalize on this rapidly growing market segment," said Hans-Juergen Lugauer, Head of UV-LED Research and Development at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. "Establishing a long-term strategic relationship with HexaTech, a recognized industry leader in the field of AlN, will allow us to develop highly efficient and reliable deep UV devices, positioning OSRAM as the dominant high performance optoelectronic technology provider from the deep ultraviolet through infrared wavelengths.”

The single crystal AlN substrate is enabling long life UV-C LEDs in the 200 nm to 280 nm band. UV-C light near 265 nm efficiently breaks up DNA and de-activates bacteria and viruses in water and on surfaces for disinfection applications, deep UV lasers for biological threat detection. HexaTech’s current product lines include single crystal and polycrystalline AlN substrates, with advanced device technologies based on AlN substrates also in development.

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