Argonne Labs to characterize diamond microelectronic material with AKHAN

June 4, 2012 — AKHAN Technologies Inc., advanced diamond electron device designer, will collaborate with the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne Labs) to fully characterize Miraj Diamond devices and materials, which are made by doping n-type diamond and can be used in the semiconductor industry.

Through "Characterization of Novel N-type Nanocrystalline Diamond and Related Diode Devices," the team will better understand the electronic properties of n-type doped diamond thin films, using CNM’s various nanoscale characterization techniques. Results of these studies will be disseminated in a non-proprietary manner.

“Europe has been focused on the delta doping method, which has extremely narrow process requirements including the requirement of very thick diamond on expensive single-crystal diamond carriers, implemented commercially by companies like Element 6 De Beers. Japan has been forward looking, investing heavily in more cost-effective diamond-on-silicon microchip technology, [which is] useful only in very hot and otherwise extreme environments with epitaxial diamond-on-diamond wafers but not at all with diamond-on-silicon wafers, implemented by institutions like Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology and Nippon” said Adam Khan, AKHAN founder and chief executive.

The n-type diamond material Miraj Diamond, developed in the US with the help of wafer fabs, enables highly manufacturable, fully functioning diamond microchips, Khan said. The Miraj Diamond platform enables fabrication of complex devices such as high speed/power transistors, RF, and microwave electronics.

AKHAN Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company pioneering research and development of diamond-based semiconductor devices with applications in the microelectronics industry. For more information, visit AKHAN’s Miraj Diamond IP portfolio is currently brokered by ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world’s largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm.

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