Innovation

An innovation strategy focused on breakthrough technologies

Innovation is the key to our success at Soitec – it is part of who we are. Our company was founded to develop and commercialize a breakthrough process, our Smart Cut™ technology. Next came another major advance, our Smart Stacking™ technology. More recently, we added the leading-edge Concentrix™ concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology to our portfolio. From the founding of our company to our latest technologies, market-changing innovation has always been the pathway to success at Soitec.

We invest around 10% of our revenue in R&D to develop and perfect breakthrough materials technologies, with a special emphasis on SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator), SOQ (Silicon On Quartz), and III-V composites.

Innovation is how we lead, grow and maximize value through incremental and breakthrough solutions for the electronics and energy industries.

Backed by a finely-honed ability to anticipate market needs, we have amassed a robust pool of industrial property, penetrated mass markets with a highly differentiated product lineup, and expanded into new markets like automotive electronics, imaging, photovoltaics, and lighting.

R&D in collaboration with manufacturers

Our R&D teams work closely with manufacturers, as well as with publicly-funded laboratories such as CEA-Leti and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. We also take full advantage of the high-tech resources available in and around all of our locations worldwide: Grenoble, France (our headquarters) is a major European center for microelectronics and is home to leaders in education, research, and industry; Freiburg, Germany, where we also have operations, is home to the Fraunhofer Institute; and Phoenix, Arizona is a center for advanced epitaxy research.