Phlux Ramps Up Production of InGaAs APDs

March 06, 2024

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Phlux Technology, a leading manufacturer of avalanche photodiode (APD) infrared sensors, has recently announced a significant milestone in their business journey. The company has secured a lucrative six-figure (GBP) value export contract and is now in the process of shipping production quantities of its cutting-edge 1550 nm InGaAs avalanche photodiode sensors.

According to Phlux CEO, Ben White, the company's innovative Noiseless InGaAs APDs have quickly gained traction in the market due to their compatibility as drop-in replacements for traditional IR photodetectors. White stated, "Unlike most semiconductor companies, we didn't need to win new design slots before generating sales. Our sensors are ideal for instant performance upgrades in laser rangefinders, LiDAR, and optical test equipment, leading to immediate demand, especially in regions like North America and Europe."

Dr. Amy Nommeots-Nomm, an Early-Stage Investor at Octopus Ventures, expressed her enthusiasm for Phlux's rapid success, stating, "Securing a significant contract shortly after their seed funding round is a testament to Phlux's technology, vision, and execution. They are on a promising trajectory to influence the future of LIDAR, communications, and sensing, and we look forward to their continued growth and innovation."

Phlux's latest product, the Aura 1550 nm APDs, introduced in January 2024, boast an impressive sensitivity that is 12 times higher than other leading InGaAs APDs. This advancement allows for an immediate extension of the operating range of IR-based systems by up to 50%, enhancing accuracy and environmental stability. Additionally, in new designs, the power requirements of the laser diode can be reduced, simplifying system optics and thermal management and ultimately reducing product size and cost.

The exceptional performance of Phlux's Noiseless InGaAs APDs is attributed to the incorporation of antimony alloy during the compound semiconductor fabrication process. This enhancement not only elevates the sensitivity of the diodes but also significantly improves their thermal stability, making them more resilient in various environmental conditions.

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