WTC is pleased to welcome American Semiconductor, Voxtel, and NanoString Technologies as new industrial users to the Microfabrication Laboratory.
American Semiconductor, Inc., Boise, Idaho
American Semiconductor (ASI) recently developed a collaborative relationship with the Washington Technology Center for use of the WTC Microfabrication Laboratory and its equipment. American Semiconductor is a fabless developer of semiconductor process solutions for low-power, RF, analog and digital integrated circuits resolving CMOS technology limitations for next generation scaling of advanced microelectronics. As a pure-play foundry for wafer fabrication and advanced process development, ASI’s focus is on foundry and custom process development support for fabless and IDM commercial organizations and research institutions. In addition to foundry services, American Semiconductor is active in advanced technology research supported by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense. ASI utilizes the Microfab Lab process tools for a number of development projects including photo diode and biosensor fabrication. ASI recently completed a major milestone in the development of the patent pending Flexfet™ silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS technology with an impressive prototype demonstration.
NanoString Technologies, Seattle, WA
NanoString™ Technologies is developing a patent-pending nanotechnology-based platform for high speed, completely automated, robust, highly multiplexed, single molecule identification and digital quantification. This breakthrough has the potential to become a biological operating system on which any biomolecular analysis application can be developed. The NanoString™ system uniquely barcodes each individual target molecule, scans them, and delivers a literal inventory of single molecules in the biological sample. Applications include gene expression analysis, genotyping, proteomics, clinical diagnostics and, in the future, predictive, preventative, and personalized medicine. Nanostring will be using the Microfab Lab to prototype microfluidic devices in a variety of materials.
Voxtel, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon
Voxtel is a global leader in photonic devices and systems. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, the company specializes in developing and commercializing advanced detectors, imaging devices, and electro-optical systems including avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and photon counting modules, high speed, radiation hardened CMOS imaging sensors, laser radar receivers and systems, multi-spectral imaging systems, wavefront sensors, and infrared radiometric imaging systems. Voxtel is using the Microfab Lab’s low-stress PECVD silicon nitride process for mesa APD sidewall passivation.
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