Word is going around that Intel is planning to buy advanced semiconductor wafer supplier IQE for £487 million (about $767 million). The chip giant reportedly wants to use IQE technology for its advanced process nodes.
IQE is now firmly established as a supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications. It supplies various processes, such HBT, BiFET, solar and others.
Last month, Intel and IQE week presented a joint paper on the development of InGaAs Quantum Well Field Effect Transistors (QWFETs) for low power logic applications. The paper detailed work carried out by scientists at Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group in Oregon and IQE’s epitaxial growth facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.