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POET Technologies and EpiWorks Announce Development and Supply Agreement

January 12th, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA, and CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL. (MARKETWIRED, January 12, 2016) – POET Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “POET”) (OTCQX: POETF; TSX Venture: PTK,) a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, and EpiWorks, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers, today announced a multi-year development and production supply agreement.

During this agreement, EpiWorks will manufacture wafers for POET’s Monolithic Optoelectronics process platform using its advanced Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) production toolset.

“This partnership is POET’s latest advance in its lab-to-fab commercialization initiative in calendar 2016. Utilizing high-performance, manufacturable epi-wafer technology is a key to this initiative, and we are happy to be working with EpiWorks for MOCVD-based development and production,” said POET Chief Executive Officer Dr. Suresh Venkatesan. “We are pleased with the early promising results EpiWorks demonstrated with MOCVD, which will provide a more manufacturable alternate path to Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) techniques and accelerate our technology maturity. To build on our recent successes working together, we formalized this supply agreement to enable further acceleration of our program.”

“We are excited to be working closely with POET Technologies by offering manufacturing excellence and scalability for innovative opto-electronic devices” said Quesnell Hartmann, Chief Executive Officer of EpiWorks. “By establishing a development and supply agreement, our companies expect to be working closely together for several years, allowing the technology to continuously and rapidly improve long after it is scaled into production.”

About POET Technologies Inc.

POET is a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes. POET believes that the 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 EpiWorks, Inc.

EpiWorks, Inc. develops and manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers for application in optical components, wireless devices and high-speed communication systems. The company’s products provide these applications additional performance, such as greater bandwidth, higher power efficiency and better reliability. To learn more about EpiWorks visit www.epiworks.com.

For further information:

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

For EpiWorks:
David Ahmari
EpiWorks
Tel.: (217) 373-1590
Email: dave.ahmari@epiworks.com

 

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michel Lafrance, Secretary

 

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