BluGlass completes GaNWorks acquisition, boosts semiconductor operations

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Global semiconductor developer BluGlass Limited announced the successful completion of its acquisition of GaNWorks Foundry, Inc, a prominent contract manufacturer.

The milestone comes after the seamless installation and validation of core gallium nitride (GaN) wafer processing equipment at BluGlass’ state-of-the-art laser production facility in Silicon Valley.

According to the ASX-listed company, testing procedures have verified that crucial components such as n-side wafer metalisation, wafer thinning, and bar cleave equipment are meeting GaNWorks’ operational benchmarks within BluGlass’ facilities.

Concurrently, the company has initiated the product validation phase for the new GaN lasers manufactured at its Silicon Valley fab.

BluGlass CEO Jim Haden expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition, emphasising the strategic advantages it brings to the company.

“Our acquisition of GaNWorks’ specialist wafer processing equipment, manufacturing process transfer, and experienced GaN engineers positions BluGlass for an expedited development and production cycle,” he noted.

“This move is poised to deliver significant cost savings over the long term,” Haden stated.

Having swiftly brought complex processes in-house, BluGlass has already completed process verification tests and commenced the validation of its first vertically integrated laser lots.

The CEO highlighted the immediate benefits of having all processes under the company’s operational control, enabling the identification of additional process optimisation opportunities.

“We are already seeing the benefits of having all processes in-house under our operational control, enabling us to quickly identify additional process optimisation opportunities, which are expected to significantly enhance production yield, reliability, and throughput,” he said.

“With our wafer fab vertical integration completed, we are continuing to refine processes across the manufacturing supply chain to further improve laser performance, reliability, and repeatability,” added Haden.