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POET Partners with Wavetek, Cites Promising Initial Results

January 27th, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA, and HSINCHU SCIENCE PARK, TAIWAN, R.O.C. (MARKETWIRED, January 27, 2016) – POET Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “POET”) (OTCQX: POETF; TSX Venture: PTK) a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, today achieved a significant milestone in its lab-to-fab transition with the announcement of a manufacturing services agreement with Wavetek Microelectronics Corporation (the “Agreement”), a member of UMC’s New Business Group.

The POET platform transfer and manufacturing agreement with the Hsinchu Science Park based Gallium Arsenide foundry is an acceleration of POET’s ultimate objective of working with a “pure-play” foundry offering a wide range of dedicated, flexible and competitive foundry services.

POET reported that it is encouraged by the promising initial results of its wafers sourced from its epitaxial wafer partners processed in the Wavetek facility using POET’s proprietary technology, which has recently been transferred under a Nondisclosure Agreement between POET and Wavetek. The Agreement addresses all current manufacturing requirements (including Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs)) in POET’s ongoing commercialization initiative. A previously announced subsisting manufacturing services agreement was limited to prototype demonstration of VCSELs.

“Wavetek is respected internationally as a pure-play foundry,” said POET Chief Operations Officer Dr. Subhash Deshmukh. “Its manufacturing capabilities provide POET the foundry services we need to meet the high volume and cost requirements that are critical to our success in delivering low cost monolithically integrated opto-electronic transceivers.”

“We are extremely pleased to work with an innovative and disruptive technology leader like POET,” said Wavetek President C.G. Shih. “Wavetek is excited to provide the high-volume manufacturing capabilities POET needs to spark a rapid expansion of opto-electronics applications such as those enabled by the POET platform.”

About POET Technologies Inc.

POET is a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes. POET believes that its advanced opto-electronics fab processes platform enables substantial improvements in energy efficiency, component cost and size in the production of smart optical components, the engines driving applications ranging from data centers to consumer products. Silicon Valley-based POET’s patented module-on-a-chip process, which integrates digital, high-speed analog and optical devices on the same chip, is designed to serve as an industry standard for smart-system fabrication. More information may be obtained at www.poet-technologies.com.

About Wavetek

Wavetek Microelectronics Corporation is a member of UMC’s New Business Group. Wavetek is located at UMC Fab 6A in the Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, and was established as the science park’s first 6-inch GaAs (Gallium Arsenide) foundry. Wavetek owns the most highly advanced III-V manufacturing process and facility that leverages expansive scale to deliver competitive, value-added products and services for customers. More information may be obtained at www.wtkmicro.com.

For further information:

Robert Ferri
Robert Ferri Partners
Tel: (415) 575-1589
Email: Robert.ferri@robertferri.com

 

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michel Lafrance, Secretary

 

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