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POET To Expand R&D In Singapore

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Planned initiatives to provide base for compound semiconductor and photonics growth in the region

POET Technologies, a developer of opto-electronics processes, has entered into an agreement with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to expand POET's R&D operations in Singapore.

POET will establish an Integrated Photonics Centre within its current operations to further develop and commercialise differentiated photonics and opto-electronic products. This is expected to increase market penetration and enhance market acceptance of the POET portfolio as it is introduced.

Under the agreement, POET is eligible to receive support up to a maximum of 10,699,000 Singapore dollars (around $7.7 million) over five years pursuant to the EDB letter of offer, subject to headcount and expenditure thresholds. 

The Singapore operations will further the development and production of POET's key technologies, including those developed with the joint program POET established with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore earlier this year. The planned initiatives are expected to gradually add up to 30 engineers and scientists to POET, as the R&D centre is established.

"EDB's support will be instrumental in helping us drive the growth of intellectual property, talent and operations in Singapore, thus providing a foundation for compound semiconductor and photonics growth in the region", said chairman Ajit Manocha.

He added: "I have been engaged with Singapore for much of my career and value the nurturing and enduring partnerships with the EDB throughout. We chose Singapore because of EDB's initiative to grow the compound semiconductor and photonics ecosystem in the region, and we are thankful to the EDB for supporting our Integrated Photonics Centre of Excellence in Singapore. The country's business-friendly climate and support from government agencies truly set it apart. We look forward to continuing to work with the EDB as we accelerate the commercialisation of our highly differentiated technologies serving a variety of applications and markets."

"This support from the EDB could potentially allow POET and its subsidiaries, DenseLight and BB Photonics, to accelerate product and revenue growth by leveraging Singapore's R&D efficiencies, infrastructure, learning institutions and human capital and its strong high-technology manufacturing base", said CEO Suresh Venkatesan.  

"Current projects in Singapore include the research and development of the POET Platform for Display applications, as well as the commercialisation of POET, DenseLight and BB Photonics Intellectual Property in the fast growing Data Communications and Sensing markets."

"EDB is committed to developing the compound semiconductor industry through partnerships with companies to perform critical R&D and manufacturing in Singapore. Innovations in compound semiconductor technology can enable the next generation of optical communication solutions needed for increasing requirements in datacentres. We are delighted to partner with POET Technologies to lead DenseLight, a company with a strong Singapore core of talent and activities, to greater heights", said Pee Beng Kong, director for electronics, EDB.



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