Imagine an optoelectronic component or assembly that can be fully designed, manufactured, tested and optimized to your company’s exact specifications, projects large or small, in as few as six weeks from prototype approvals? Hard to believe, isn’t it? It’s that very agility in R&D and customization that makes Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. a true industry trendsetter.
As a special contributor to Insights Success, industry expert, and author, Molly Bakewell Chamberlin, shares with our readers the unique journey of Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc.
What led to the inception of Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc.?
Marktech Optoelectronics was established in 1985 by Mr. Mark Campito to address a growing industry need for an independently owned and operated, world-class optoelectronics engineering, design, manufacturing, and test facility.
Throughout its history, Marktech’s business model has centered around the fact that LEDs and other optoelectronic devices are intrinsically different from Silicon-based components. The company understands that, when a customer designs a component or an integrated circuit (IC), it is possible for that customer to purchase from multiple sources, and yet still receive a product that meets all JEDEC specifications. Optoelectronics components and assemblies, on the other hand, do not as readily conform.
For example, an LED, IR emitter, or display can have different wavelengths, power outputs, lead frames, forward voltages, and performance characteristics. They can react differently when exposed to harsh environments. The need to account for such application nuances is among several reasons why Marktech offers certain optoelectronics design, R&D and test services, in addition to its products, which are not otherwise available in the industry.
From its very earliest days, Marktech has worked with some of the industry’s leading test equipment manufacturers to focus R&D efforts on product designs that feature best-practice optical characteristics, such as wavelength sorting and power output binning.
Today, the company’s Latham, New York-based corporate headquarters and R&D center is home to one of the industry’s most technically adept, stable, cohesive in-house optoelectronics engineering teams in the world. All of Marktech’s engineers and test technicians operate under the direction of the company’s highly experienced CTO, Mr. Vince Forte, who himself is also a founding member.
The stability and continuity of the Marktech R&D team give customers added trust and confidence that true industry experts are addressing their needs, all of whom have prior demonstrated success across hundreds of synergistic applications.
Since its founding, Marktech has continued to successfully build and sustain long-term customer relationships with leading OEM’s, universities and test laboratories all over the world. It has also forged long-term strategic alliances with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers of optoelectronic components and assemblies, particularly in the areas of customization and end of life (EOL) products. In 2019, following a lengthy application process, Marktech also achieved its U.S. Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) certification. It is the only known U.S. optoelectronics manufacturer having such a distinction.
That same commitment to excellence in design, engineering, manufacturing and testing is one of several reasons why Marktech was appointed as the exclusive Value-Added Distributor for Toshiba America in the early 1990s; and later, as an authorized Cree Solution Provider for high-brightness LEDs and materials.
Could you shed some light on the company’s mission and vision?
Marktech’s mission is, quite simply, to effectively apply 35 years of field-demonstrated R&D expertise for the benefit of its valued customers and the optoelectronics industry. To do so, the company provides timely, competitively priced solutions that can effectively address a diverse array of customer challenges.
Today, Marktech products are found in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, industrial automation, in-laboratory R&D, medical, robotics, sensors, wearables, and telecommunications (including 5G).
Describe Marktech Optoelectronics and its cutting-edge solutions?
Marktech designs and manufactures standard and custom optoelectronics components and assemblies, including UV, visible, near-infrared (NIR), and shortwave infrared (SWIR) emitters, detectors, InP epiwafers, and other materials. The company also has all of the required know-how to create a custom LED and detector components and assemblies to meet specific application requirements, in quantities from prototype to OEM volumes, with highly competitive lead times. Custom and hybrid designs may be typically produced in as few as 6-8 weeks from point of customer prototype approvals.
As a manufacturer, Marktech listens carefully to its customers and therefore lets their needs drive new product R&D. At the same time, the company continuously seeks to improve the quality, design and performance specifications of its existing product lines.
How do Marktech’s services differ from its Optoelectronics product line offerings?
Marktech has all of the necessary in-house capabilities to perform complete electrical and optical characteristics testing, as well as end-to-end examinations, of all optical components, from die level to finished product designs. All testing is performed at the company’s Latham, New York, USA-based R&D center and serves to further complement its product lines.
About the Founder & CEO
Mr. Campito has served as the CEO of Marktech since the company’s founding in 1985 and remains an active part of its day-to-day business operations. Following his graduation from Siena College and active U.S. Navy service, Mr. Campito focused his career exclusively in the optoelectronics field. Prior to founding Marktech, he held a progressive series of optoelectronics manufacturing leadership roles, in technical sales, marketing, and business development. Beyond Marktech, Mr. Campito was instrumental in the successful establishment of a variety of technical sales and marketing operations at optoelectronics manufacturers across North America, Europe, and Asia. He remains an active industry mentor and advocate.