/Imec and CST Global Collaborate to Extend Silicon Photonics Portfolio with Hybrid Integrated InP Light Sources

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Imec and CST Global Collaborate to Extend Silicon Photonics Portfolio with Hybrid Integrated InP Light Sources

About imec

Imec is a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, energy and education.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together more than 4,000 brilliant minds from over 97 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, and offices in China, India and Japan. In 2018, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 583 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Government of Flanders), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.), imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.), imec India (Imec India Private Limited) and imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).

About CST Global

CST Global is a UK producer of III-V compound semiconductors for photonics products. The company provides custom designed foundry services and standard, high-volume, lasers for high-growth, worldwide markets.

CST Global’s optical communications devices enable cloud computing, PON, 5G Fronthaul, artificial intelligence and quantum markets. Its optical sensing devices enable autonomous vehicle, consumer bio, hazard, security and augmented reality markets and its optical wireless devices are used in free-space communications such as LiFi.

CST Global is a partner in the UK and European Technology Consortium Programmes. The company employs 70 staff, of which 14 have PhDs, at its site in Glasgow, Scotland. The company exports over 90% of its production output to US, Chinese and European markets.

CST Global is a critical supply partner and approved vendor to some of the largest companies in the world, receiving new and repeat orders from Fortune 100 companies in every one of its vertical markets.

CST Global produces compound semiconductor devices in DFB, VCSEL, QCL and FP lasers formats using InP, GaAs, GaSb and GaN – based material formats.