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French groups combine for opto, semis research

Posted: 08 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optoelectronic? semiconductors devices? transistors? circuits? infrared imaging?

French telecoms to defense groups Alcatel and Thales have formed a joint research laboratory that will focus on optoelectronic and semiconductors devices based on III-V process technologies.

The companies say the Alcatel-Thales III-V Lab will "re-enforce" their existing research into these areas, and initially employ about 100 people at two sites in France.

One site at Marcoussis, within Alcatel's French research center, will focus on optoelectronic components for communications applications while the other, in Palaiseau, on the campus of the Polytechnique Institute, where Thales' future research centre is located, will concentrate on components based on III-V technologies targeting space and defense applications.

The main fields of research will be optoelectronic and microelectronic components for optical fiber transmission (InP HBT circuits, laser sources, modulators and photodetectors), GaN-based high-frequency, high-power transistors and circuits, infrared imaging photodetectors and high-power laser diodes.

The companies will commercialize the results from the research separately with their respective industrial partners. Alcatel and Thales say the lab could also provide other companies with its technological expertise and knowledge. "The gathering of these two research units offers great synergy opportunities regarding research infrastructures and tools", said Niel Ransom, Alcatel's Chief Technology Officer. "Alcatel is the world leader in optical systems for telecommunications. It is essential for our future to preserve the mastery of technologies to be embedded in our future systems."

- John Walko

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