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Posted: Nov 30, 2010
Cambridge NanoTech Awarded Grant From FlexTech Alliance to Develop High-Speed ALD System
(Nanowerk News) The FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics industry supply chain, announced today that it has awarded a contract to Cambridge NanoTech to develop a high-speed Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) system. When completed, the system will enable the manufacture of large-area and flexible substrates for use in organic electronics, solar cells, biomedical devices, and displays.
The high-speed ALD system is targeted to operate at the high volumes necessary for commercial roll-to-roll practices. ALD is an ideal coating technology because of its perfect, conformal, ultra-thin films that are scalable to large-area substrates. ALD simultaneously offers excellent thickness uniformity, film density, step coverage, interface quality, and low temperature processing, making ALD beneficial for both roll-to-roll flexible substrates and rigid substrates.
"We are honored to be selected by the FlexTech Alliance to industrialize ALD and bring it to the forefront of thin film technology," said Ray Ritter, COO of Cambridge NanoTech. "This exciting, new technology will advance the way flexible electronics, displays and other next-generation consumer devices are fabricated."
"The FlexTech Alliance supports the mission to help build a commercially viable industry around flexible and printed electronics," said Michael Ciesinski, CEO of FlexTech Alliance. "The high-speed ALD system that Cambridge NanoTech will develop with this award stands to play a key role in commercializing the flexible electronics market."
To accelerate the ALD process, the engineering team at Cambridge NanoTech is focusing on cycle time reduction by means of a unique high speed precursor delivery and extraction mechanism. The beta system will be installed at the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University in 2012. In addition to designing and building the high-speed ALD system, Cambridge NanoTech is developing film processes that are applicable to electronics and display manufacturers.
This week please visit Cambridge NanoTech at Booth #622 at the Material Research Society meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
About the FlexTech Alliance
The FlexTech Alliance is the only organization headquartered in North America exclusively devoted to fostering the growth, profitability and success of the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics supply chain. Leveraging its rich history in promoting the display industry as the U.S. Display Consortium, the FlexTech Alliance offers expanded collaboration between and among industry, academia, government, and research organizations for advancing displays and flexible, printed electronics from R&D to commercialization. To this end, the FlexTech Alliance, based in San Jose, Calif., will help foster development of the supply chain required to support a world-class, manufacturing capability for displays and flexible, printed electronics. More information about the FlexTech Alliance can be found at the industry portal: www.flextech.org.
About Cambridge NanoTech
Cambridge NanoTech delivers Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems capable of depositing ultra-thin films that are used in a wide variety of research and industrial applications. Our manufacturing ALD systems are used in the production of semiconductors, flat panel displays, and solid state lighting. Cambridge NanoTech research systems are used by world class scientists on five continents to study superior ALD film properties such as electrical, anti-bacterial, UV-blocking and anti-reflection. To learn more about Cambridge NanoTech, please visit www.cambridgenanotech.com.