GOLDEN, Colo.-- As planned several weeks ago, Isonics Corp. today announced it has begun shipping thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers. The Colorado company accelerated its entry into the SOI wafer market by striking an alliance with Silicon Quest International Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. (see Jan. 8 story).
Golden-based Isonics said it is currently focusing SOI wafers at microelectromechnical systems (MEMS) components for optical applications in networking and communications markets. The company said it expects to begin production of qualification wafers for a number of large volume users in February.
"The market for thick-film SOI wafers appears quite robust as evidenced by the number of customer inquiries in our first few weeks of marketing," said Stephen J. Burden, vice president of semiconductor materials for Isonics. Three weeks ago, the company predicted that it would begin shipping its first SOI wafers before the end of January.
Isonics also today named Hans Walitzki as vice president of advanced wafer technology. Walitzki was a co-founder of Silicon Evolution Inc., a supplier of SOI wafers based in Vancouver, Wash. The company had filed for bankruptcy in late 2001 after a second round of funding failed to materialize, and it is now in being liquidated, according to Isonics, which licensed SOI technology from ESI last fall (see Sept. 26 story).
Walitzki's first assignment is to implement SEI technology into the manufacturing process at Silicon Quest, said James E. Alexander chairman and CEO of Isonics.