Optical integration firm buys out its foundry

October 04, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Skorpios Technologies Inc. (Albuquerque, N.M.), a company pioneering the integration of active photonics into standard CMOS, has bought Novati Technologies LLC (Austin, Texas), a semiconductor integration company and wafer fab.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

Prior to the acquisition, Skorpios had developed its heterogeneous integration process in collaboration with Novati, and was building its ICs in Novati’s foundry. The acquisition improves Skorpios' ability to meet customer demand by giving control of heterogeneous manufacturing, decreasing fab cycle times, and allowing faster time to market.

"The ability to develop and commercialize products based on our proprietary heterogeneous integration process in our own foundry is the next logical step in the evolution of our company," said Stephen Krasulick, chairman, founder and CEO of Skorpios, in a statement.

Novati's fab has been used for 2.5D/3D integration of photonics, MEMS sensors, microfluidics. Skorpios said it intends to ramp up production of its 100Gbit/s CWDM4 product at the Texas wafer fab.

Skorpios was founded in July 2009 and is focused on commercializing monolithically integrated active photonics into wafer-scale standard CMOS processes. Skorpios' Template Assisted Bonding (STAB) allows III-V semiconductor materials to be overlaid on silicon wafers in a process called Composite-Semiconductor on Insulator (C-SOI). In this way the generation, detection, and modulation of light can be monolithically integrated with existing CMOS technologies on a single chip. Skorpios has received venture capital from Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Cottonwood Technology Fund, and Sun Mountain Capital.

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