Albuquerque, NM – ACME Advanced Materials, Inc. today announced the successful commercialization of its process to produce large quantities of low loss, electrically defect free (EDF) Silicon Carbide (SiC) wafers in a microgravity environment. This development creates a new grade of SiC wafer, S Grade, that are electrically defect free of the mid-gap states known to cause power loss and reliability issues in SiC devices by impeding current flow through these electrical scattering centers. The vastly improved electrical wafer characteristics means that device makers can expect superior performance from their Schottky Diodes, MOSFETs, and other high power switching technology enabled by these S Grade wafers. This technology is also expected to lead the way towards fabrication of very large scale devices such as microprocessors and ASICs on SiC.
“We’re very excited about these results on the most recent batch of 100 SiC wafers,” said ACME’s President Rich Glover, “it validates that our process works and more importantly, it demonstrates that we can produce these wafers consistently in commercially viable quantities.” Mr. Glover added, “We’re looking forward to working closely with industry over the next few months to build and test devices using our S Grade substrates.”
Mr. Glover continued, “Right now the emphasis and push for commercial space is focused on launch vehicles, that’s where the money is. While it is important that access to space continues to evolve and improve, the real bonanza will come from the materials and products that are manufacturable in microgravity with superior performance characteristics.”
“It’s hard to overstate the significance of this technology. Not only is ACME using a very unique approach to produce these wafers but the technology easily scales to larger diameter wafers – 6 and 8 inch wafers are just around the corner,” said David Blivin, Managing Partner of Cottonwood Technology Funds. “More importantly, their technology works with all WBG materials, with or without epi.”
According to Chris Erickson, General Partner, Pangaea Ventures, “This is quite extraordinary, ACME is doing what others didn’t even consider as a possibility and they are doing it in a way that is cost competitive with existing wafer producers and extremely profitable.”
About ACME Advanced Materials, Inc
ACME Advanced Materials, Inc. (A2M) was formed to exploit breakthrough technology that was developed and demonstrated by Masterson Industries, LLC. The Masterson merger with A2M was completed on January 27, 2014 and A2M is the sole surviving entity. A2M is the parent company to a family of wholly owned subsidiaries with each subsidiary established to further develop and commercialize unique A2M technologies. A2M is a privately owned corporation supported by funding from both US and International venture groups.
Contact: Rich Glover
About Cottonwood Technology Fund
Cottonwood Technology Fund is a seed and early-stage technology commercialization fund with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico and Enschede, Netherlands. It investments in technology-related (particularly chemistry/material sciences, photonics, biosciences and new energy related) businesses originating throughout the Southwest region generally bordered by Phoenix, Denver and Austin and including the Paso Del Norte region, running from Los Alamos, New Mexico to El Paso, Texas and Northern Europe. This region includes three national laboratories, over a dozen major research universities and several major research medical centers. Other current investments include Skorpios, FibeRio, xF Technologies (formerly Incitor), Respira, Trilumina and Exagen.
About Pangaea Ventures
Pangaea is the world leader in advanced materials venture capital. They invest in start-up companies with disruptive breakthrough innovation in chemistry and material science. Pangaea believes that breakthroughs in advanced materials are becoming increasingly important for companies to excel in almost any market. Advanced materials are solving fundamental problems necessary to make products more efficient and less expensive, two of the key attributes necessary for widespread adoption of any product. Pangaea has a strong preference for capital efficient businesses. Our investment thesis is technology- and IP-driven.