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Posted: Jun 29, 2011
Advanced Diamond Technologies Wins Third Prestigious R+D 100 Award
(Nanowerk News) Advanced Diamond Technologies (ADT), the world leader in developing diamond films for industrial, electronic, and medical product applications, wins the prestigious R&D 100 Award for a third time. ADT's latest award is for its Integrated RF MEMS Switch/CMOS Device. Receiving this mark of excellence deems the Integrated RF MEMS Switch/CMOS Device as one of the, "most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year," by R&D Magazine.
"We've won R&D 100 Awards in three of the four years we've been shipping commercial products," said Dr. John Carlisle, ADT's co-founder and chief technical officer. "This is a great testimony to the caliber of our team and it's an honor to be recognized as an innovative company for our groundbreaking family of products."
"The R&D 100 Awards honor the latest technology developments that are designed to meet societal, scientific, or business challenges facing us today—and tomorrow," said Rita Peters, R&D Magazine's editorial director. Eventually these devices may find their way into phased-array radar and mobile communication applications.
"Historically, RF MEMS AC switches last only a few million switching cycles before failing. ADT's UNCD® technology greatly improves reliability while retaining the CMOS-compatibility of the overall process flow, exhibiting very low insertion loss, and lasting over ten billion switching cycles without failure," said Dr. Hongjun Zeng, ADT's lead scientist on this initiative. "This advancement enables the next generation of cell phone technology with faster data transfer rates while reducing the manufacturing costs through mass-production scaling."
ADT gratefully acknowledges the support of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and contributions from its co-awardees, including: Orlando Auciello and Anirudha V. Sumant, Argonne National Laboratory; Charles Goldsmith, MEMtronics Corporation; Chris Gudeman and Suresh Sampath, Innovative Micro Technology; and James Swonger, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation.
About Advanced Diamond Technologies
ADT develops products that are enabled by thin smooth diamond. ADT is a World Economic Forum 2007 Technology Pioneer, a recipient of a 2008 EuroAsia IC Award in the Materials Enabling category from EuroAsia Semiconductor, a 2008 R&D 100 Award winner for UNCD® Seals (mechanical seals for pumps), and a 2009 R&D 100 Award winner for NaDiaProbes® (AFM probes made entirely of diamond). For more information about ADT, visit www.thindiamond.com.