AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of diamond semiconductor technology, celebrated the opening of its new global headquarters and production facility in Gurnee, Illinois, and announcing that its first commercial customer will take delivery of the first AKHAN diamond semiconductor based-technology products in Q1 2016.
The ceremony is being attended by Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik, US Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, US Representatives Randy Hultgren and Robert Dold, or designees, and numerous other state, local, and international dignitaries.
AKHAN is actively hiring to staff the new facility, which is expected to employee 100 people in the next two years.
“As a native of Gurnee, I am proud to help spur a new era of innovation and semiconductor technology in my hometown, in the state of Illinois, right here in the Diamond Prairie,” said Adam Khan, CEO and Founder of AKHAN Semiconductor. “The opening of our new global headquarters and production facility is just the first step in our goal to transform the chip industry and to extend Moore’s Law. Our diamond semiconductor-based technology will enable a new generation of commercial, industrial and consumer products such as flexible and transparent displays that can be used in wearables and thinner consumer devices that last longer. On the commercial side, we expect to develop new products such as diamond windows for industrial, defense and aerospace applications.”
AKHAN’s technology is based on a new process that uses man-made diamond rather than silicon to produce new chip materials that are more cost effective, operate at higher temperatures, are thinner and require less power. It is a result of the marriage of two scientific breakthroughs: ability to use nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films and a new doping process the makes it possible to use NCD as a semiconductor material.
The AKHAN facility is slated to begin production in Q1 2016 and will produce and deliver more than 1,000 diamond-based technology windows.