Apple awards Finisar $390M from Advanced Manufacturing Fund
“The award will enable Finisar to exponentially increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.
Apple says that Finisar is going to work on both research & development and high-volume production of optical communications components. The most complicated components are the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) used in the iPhone X for Face ID, Animoji, Portrait mode and other face-mapping technologies.
But Finisar also works on proximity sensors including the ones in the AirPods.
And it’s quite easy to understand why Apple is investing in Finisar. There are simply not enough suppliers in this field today. In the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, the company will purchase 10 times more VCSEL wafers than the entire VCSEL production in the world during the fourth quarter of 2016. So Apple needs to foster production.
VCSELs power some of Apple’s most popular new features, including Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies made possible with the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, as well as the proximity-sensing capabilities of AirPods,” Apple said in a press release.
It added that Finisar will transform a 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas, into the “high-tech VCSEL capital of the US.”
Apple’s award will create more than 500 high-skill jobs at the Sherman facility.
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