Kris, it has been mostly GaN on Sapphire so far because the epitaxy buffer layer AlN and the active layer InGaN have so far been processed mostly on Sapphire. That is not the only substrate of choice, there is bulk GaN, SiC (early Cree versions), Si and composites.
If yield issues are proven, it makes sense to move away from Sapphire. Ideally, the LED industry has to work toward vertical designs with backside contact which can result in smaller chips. It is not clear if moving to Si substrate achieves that.
It is ironic, Toshiba on one end announced cut in its NAND Flash production by 30%.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.