CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – January 16, 2006 – Today, Illinois based EpiWorks, Inc., announced that it’s work has been included in the prestigious “Year in Science” issue of ‘Discover’ magazine that details the top 100 science stories of 2005. EpiWorks provided the epitaxial wafers used in ‘Discover’ Magazine’s #66 science story (Special Issue, January 2006 Volume 27, Number 1, page 41) for 2005, the Transistor Laser. EpiWorks developed novel epitaxial wafer processes based on the designs provided by the research groups of Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr. and Professor Milton Feng at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

“We have now demonstrated room-temperature laser action in a light emitting transistor, creating an entirely new device technology for optoelectronics,” said Prof. Feng. “Without EpiWorks’ significant contributions, achieving these results in this timeframe would not have been possible.”

“Working with Professor Holonyak and Feng is a great honor, and we really enjoy the interaction. We are very proud of EpiWorks’ involvement in this project, and are excited that Discover picked this technology as one of the top 100 Science Stories of 2005. At EpiWorks, we strive to produce revolutionary technology, and this recognition is validation of our capabilities.” Commented Dr. Quesnell Hartmann, EpiWorks’ President.

“This result also highlights EpiWorks’ business model to develop leading technology by interacting closely with our commercial and academic partners. In addition to the Transistor Laser, our accomplishments include the first demonstration of commercial InP HBTs by MOCVD, the first development of a 7×6” MOCVD InGaP HBT production capability, record setting transistor speed demonstrated with the University of Illinois, and demonstrating the world’s first viable III-V HBT on silicon with Motorola and Freescale.” Added Dr. David Ahmari, EpiWorks Executive Vice President.

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EpiWorks, Inc. develops and manufactures compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers for application in optical components, wireless devices and high-speed communication systems. The company’s products provide these applications additional performance, such as greater bandwidth, higher power efficiency and better reliability. EpiWorks’ business model includes high-level customer interaction and co-development to rapidly advanced its customers’ technology capability and product performance.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is well known for its research and development of III-V materials and devices. Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr. invented the first practical light emitting diode, and Professor Feng is credited with demonstrating the fastest bipolar transistor to date.