Vector Photonics is a spin-out company from the University of Glasgow and is based in Glasgow, Scotland, one of the UK and world’s Optical and Photonics centres of excellence.
Vector Photonics has proven its revolutionary, proprietary, PCSEL technology in both an R&D, laboratory environment and in commercial fabs. The company is now transferring key design and process knowledge into an industrial environment, for high-volume manufacture.
Vector Photonics operates a ‘Fabless’ production model, outsourcing fabrication to semiconductor foundry partners. This is a high-volume, fully scalable approach enabling rapid expansion by utilising existing photonics equipment and capacity.
The Vector Photonics team has unrivalled, technical capability and commercial experience. Our technical capability includes the inventors of the all-semiconductor, PCSEL technology itself. The commercial team has detailed knowledge of the entire photonics supply chain, with direct access to customers and their specific product requirements.
Vector Photonics produces its PCSEL laser technology, under exclusive license, from the University of Glasgow; which is also a shareholder in the company. The technology, protected by our patents, was invented and developed by Dr. Richard Taylor, Dr. David Childs and Prof. Richard Hogg, who are the leaders of the Vector Photonics technical team.
Our proud development history
Vector Photonics was formed as a separate company in March 2020. It is a spin-out from one of the world’s leading academic groups in Photonics at the University of Glasgow.
Produced the world’s first ‘all-semiconductor’ PCSEL, demonstrating the underlying technology.
Produced a PCSEL to demonstrate simultaneous high-power, coherence and phase control in one device.
Demonstrated the PCSELs ability for 2D, optical beam shaping and steering
Produced the world’s first 1550nm PCSEL to demonstrate its telecoms potential.
Produced PCSELs in a commercial fab to confirm volume-production readiness.
£2.4m of UK Government grants awarded.
£1.6m equity investment to commercialize PCSELs.
Successful grants and awards
During its development, Vector Photonics has received IET, ICU, EPSRC, RAE and TEC grants and funding. The company has also been successful in IECT, CC Kickstart, Converge and RBS Entrepreneur Accelerator awards, in recognition of its revolutionary new technology.
A University of Glasgow spin-out
Vector Photonics joins an extensive list of companies successfully spun-out of the University of Glasgow.
Neil Martin, CEO of Vector Photonics, was previously CEO of CST Global, a semiconductor fab based in Blantyre, Glasgow. CST Global was itself a University of Glasgow spin-out which merged with Intense Ltd, another University of Glasgow spin-out, before being successfully acquired by Sivers Semiconductors in 2017.
Our Focus in the Global Semiconductor Market
By 2024, Yole Développement predicts the combined semiconductor laser market to be worth $8.9bn across consumer, automotive, telecoms, medical, industrial, defence and aerospace markets. This figure comprises the EEL market, valued at $5.1bn, and the VCSEL market, valued at $3.8bn. Since PCSELs offer significant advantages over both EELs and VCSELs, the entire, combined market is an opportunity for PCSELs.
Vector Photonics is at the forefront of the new and developing, PCSEL laser technology. The company will continue to develop and improve manufacturing techniques and broaden its range of applications. The initial focus is on datacoms, where PCSELs look set to be the only technology capable of meeting the requirements of next generation, high data rate lasers. However, the company is already looking at plastic and metal printing applications with LiDAR, mobile consumer and sensing applications close behind.
Key Partners and Suppliers
Vector Photonics has close relationships with key partners and suppliers in the UK and internationally, established during the development of our proprietary technology. These key partners form the basis of our supply chain.