Founded in 1999, The Fox Group is a privately held US corporation that has a portfolio of proprietary IP relating to the growth of compound semiconductor crystals and crystal layers (both patents and know-how owned by Fox Group, plus patents rights and know-how licensed exclusively to Fox Group).
After proving its technologies in the areas of silicon carbide (SiC), aluminum nitride (AlN), gallium nitride (GaN), and aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN), as well as the hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) method of making both blue and ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diodes, Fox Group is now licensing rights to other companies.
The assets and IP rights acquired by Kyma pertain to nitride semiconductor hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) and light-emitting semiconductor materials and devices. Kyma and Fox have been in discussions over such a possible deal for the past two years.
Kyma expects the acquired resources to accelerate its advances in materials and processes, in both contract R&D and product development. “This deal adds significantly to our ability to improve certain products and to develop new products which will become important for several electronic and optoelectronic device applications,” believes Kyma’s president & CEO Dr Keith Evans.
“Fox engineers were able to produce certain (Al,Ga)N structures and certain p- and n-doped layers that are of immediate interest to both our current HVPE products and our new product development plans,” adds chief technology officer & VP of business development Dr Edward Preble.
“Fox Group is very pleased that our key equipment, patent rights, and know-how have been acquired by Kyma,” says Fox Group president & CEO Barney O’Meara. “Kyma has solid expertise and deep experience in HVPE processes, and these added assets should have a multiplier effect, to help accelerate Kyma to the next level,” he adds.