SkyWater foundry forms SkyTech process innovation center

June 03, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
SkyWater foundry forms SkyTech process innovation center
Process technologies for manufacturing carbon nanotubes, silicon photonics, superconducting ICs and MEMS have a new home at the SkyTech Center of SkyWater Technology Foundry Inc. (Bloomington, Minnesota).

SkyWater has repurposed clean-room space previously used for testing for custom process development. The SkyTech Center will also serve as the environment where critical tasks supporting DARPA’s 3DSoC program will be performed, including carbon nanotube (CNT) deposition and lift-off metallization.

The SkyTech Center can accommodate customers who want to place their own dedicated tools in SkyWater’s facility co-located with other capabilities they need to streamline commercialization.

The company did not disclose the size of the investment it is making in the former test area.

"Our custom foundry business grew approximately 50 percent in 2018 and is tracking at that same rate for 2019, reinforcing the trend we see in the market for advanced process development activities for an increasingly diverse field of high technology devices," said Thomas Sonderman, SkyWater President, in a statement.

In the same statement Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Market Research commented: "The unique aspects of this investment, coupled with SkyWater's 200mm manufacturing infrastructure, provides an ideal environment to enable emerging novel technologies to quickly transition to manufacturable products at the right scale."

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