BluGlass Commissions Laser Diode Test Facility in the US

Posted Jun 29, 2020 by BluGlass

Australian semiconductor technology developer, BluGlass Limited has released an update on its direct-to-market laser diode business unit, laser diode product development and the AIXTRON G4 retrofit.

Laser Diode Test Facility

BluGlass has now commissioned its laser diode test facility in New Hampshire, USA. The new facility was commissioned on time and is a key component of our product quality assurance activities. It will assess the quality, performance and characteristics of BluGlass laser diode products. The installed reliability ovens, burn-in rack and electro-optical, spectral and spatial characterisation capabilities will enable the accurate measurement of laser diode output power and lifetime performance.

The new facility is already being used for R&D testing during product development and will ultimately enable fully automated testing of commercial volumes of the laser diode products. BluGlass has hired an experienced laser diode characterisation and testing expert, based at the new facility, as the Company continues to enhance its people capabilities.

Product Development

BluGlass continues to develop and strengthen its global supply chain by working with and qualifying multiple partners on the fabrication of laser diode devices. The company’s laser diode product development efforts remain on track to deliver test products by the end of CY2020, with customer revenues anticipated to commence early CY2021 (as per the company roadmap).

BluGlass Laser Diode Product Suite

BluGlass is developing bespoke laser diodes across multiple market segments, including Industrial, Display and Biotech applications, which is being driven by specific customer needs within these industries. BluGlass’ unique technology advantages have the potential to offer high power, differentiated laser diode products by using novel designs that leverage low temperature remote plasma chemical vapour deposition (RPC VD) and active as grown (AAG) p-GaN technologies. Current product development covers a range of wavelengths from violet (395nm), blue and through to green (525nm) wavelengths for various customer applications including:

Discrete LD Chips and Chip-on-Submount (C-o-S) from 395nm-525nm in both Single-Mode (SM) and Multi-Mode (MM)

  • Industrial Markets (405nm, 450nm, 525nm) - Welding Cutting, Machine Vision & Sensing, 3D Printing, Printing
  • Display Markets (450nm, 525nm) - Applications: Pico Projector, Business/Cinema Projector, Heads-up-Display, AR/VR
  • Biotech/Life Sciences Markets (405nm, 420nm, 450nm, 490nm, 525nm) - Flow Cytometry, Medical Diagnostics, DNA Sequencing, Endoscopy, Bio-Fluorescence
  • Scientific Markets (405,420,450, 490,525) nm - Raman Spectroscopy, Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy, Quantum Computing, Optical Clocks, Forensics, Machine Vision
  • Lighting Markets (450 nm) - Automotive Headlamps, Spot-Light / Torch, General Lighting

AIXTRON 2800 G4 Retrofit

The AIXTRON 2800 G4 retrofit has now completed hardware assembly and is undergoing final commissioning, testing and software optimisation for RPCVD mode in collaboration with AIXTRON.