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Posted: November 27, 2008
El-Mul's E-Beam On-A-Chip Technology Wins Outstanding Technology Innovation Award
(Nanowerk News) El-Mul Technologies has been awarded
Frost & Sullivan’s European Technology Innovation of the Year Award for its
E-Beam On-a-Chip™ platform, which uses vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes
(CNTs) as electron sources for a variety of applications.
The 2008 Frost & Sullivan Award spotlights E-Beam On-a-Chip™ as cold field
emission sources for SEM, TEM and FIB instruments used in analytical labs and
semiconductor manufacturing. El-Mul is testing a prototype device, expected to
result in a paradigm shift for the industrial manufacture of electron sources.
“El-Mul’s patented approach combines high E-beam brightness with a
narrower energy spread for near-laminar results,” cites Frost & Sullivan senior
research analyst Krishnakumar Srinivasan. “E-Beam On-a-Chip™ is especially
attractive as a way to dramatically reduce energy consumption in many devices
that currently use E-beams.”
“We’re very pleased and grateful for Frost & Sullivan’s recognition of our unique
success in engineering CNT-based electron sources,” said El-Mul Technologies
CEO, Silviu Reinhorn. “This Award further strengthens our position as the
technology leader in a challenging field. Our researchers and engineers have
worked hard to bring E-Beam On-a-Chip™ to testing stages, and we thank them
for a job well done. We’ve now got an outstanding opportunity to bring this
platform to even broader applications and markets.”
“The actual potential of the technology is well beyond the currently cited electron
microscope sector,” Srinivasan adds. “There is a huge market potential for this
E-Beam On-a-Chip™ utilizes the unique electrical and mechanical properties of
CNTs, which make excellent cold field emission electron sources. El-Mul’s
platform is a low-energy electron generator of well-characterized fine beams as
well as high-current broad beams. It is aimed at bringing new capabilities to
electron microscopy, gas ionization and X-ray tools, sensors, LEDs, flat
panel displays and other applications.
Srinivasan notes, “Over the long term, a growing market for El-Mul’s devices will
be found either in distinct, off-the-shelf solutions for chosen application domains,
or a generic line of E-Beam system-on-chip devices that can be customized
directly by a customer to meet the needs of a specific application.”
More information can be found at: http://www.el-mul.com.
About the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award
Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Award is bestowed upon a company or individual that has carried
out new research, which has resulted in innovation(s) that have or are expected to bring significant
contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. This award recognizes
the quality and depth of a company’s research and development program as well as the vision and risk-taking
that enabled it to undertake such an endeavor. More information: http://awards.frost.com.
About El-Mul Technologies
El-Mul Technologies is recognized today as a leading solutions provider for nanotechnology toolmakers, and
has pioneered nanoscale devices since 1999 with its E Beam On a Chip™ next generation carbon nanotubebased
electron beam source platform. El-Mul designs, integrates and manufactures electron and ion
detection solutions for a wide variety of industries and research environments. Privately-held, El-Mul was
founded in 1992 and maintains its headquarters in Yavne, Israel. More information: http://www.el-mul.com.