For Australian semiconductor developer BluGlass, it’s been nearly two decades since the launch of its full product set earlier this year.
The company is commercializing its semiconductor manufacturing technology, known as Remote Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition (RPCVD), which offers many advantages over existing gallium nitrite (GaN) semiconductors, and is used in defense, quantum and It has applications in biotech markets. Blu Glass was spun out of Macquarie University in 2005 with the acquisition of three core patents, based on 10 years of research in the field. The next decade was spent developing the RPCVD technology and moving into the commercialization phase.
In April last year, the company acquired a laser diode fabrication facility in Silicon Valley. Its journey so far culminated in February of this year when Blu Glass brought its first complete suite of GaN lasers to market.The ASX-listed Blu Glass now offers end-to-end laser diode design based on its RPCVD technologies.
The current design of these lasers suffers from large optical and resistivity losses, leading to low conversion efficiency. The Blu Glass approach offers many advantages, including low resistance and high efficiency, and can be made with custom wavelengths and flexible form factors.
Blu Glass GaN Lasers is a finalist in the Innovation 2023 Awards for Excellence in the Defense, Dual-Use Technology and Space category. You can reserve your tickets for the black-tie event here.The BluGlass now operates out of three semiconductor facilities, with its head office in Silver water, New South Wales. It has to be downstream manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley and Boston.
The pandemic emphasized the importance of autonomous capabilities and supply chain control, and prompted BluGlass to bring its downstream supply chain and operational talent in-house, acquire a laser fabrication facility and a specialized manufacturing team in Silicon Valley. .
GaN lasers have applications in semiconductor manufacturing, advanced material processing, robotics and artificial intelligence, among many others.Gallium nitride lasers are the fastest growing segment in the global $25 billion laser market, which is expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2025. New South Wales.The company has received approximately $92 million in investor capital, including research and development tax incentives, government grants and early-stage revenue.
BluGlass is also a member of the University of Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Electrical Energy Consortium, and has collaborated with Yale University as well as the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.It is also looking at incorporating the latest technologies into its processes, employing advanced robotics at its manufacturing facilities to enable vacuum-sealed process flow at every manufacturing stage.BluGlass is also looking at AI technologies to calculate stress management in laser diodes and predict reliability and potential points of failure.
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