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Kyma and Sinmat to together advance crystal fabrication services

The companies hope to provide one-stop shopping and enhanced value to their customers, from boule-grinding, slicing, and orientation-fixing, through to mechanical polishing and CMP.

Kyma Technologies, a supplier of ultra-high purity crystalline GaN and AlN materials and related products and services, and Sinmat, have agreed to collaborate to advance crystal fabrication to better serve their customers.

Sinmat is a provider of innovative chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) technologies for wide band-gap materials. A primary goal of the agreement is to provide customers with a single entry point to access a variety of services which until now have been provided separately by Kyma and Sinmat.

Together, the companies hope to provide one-stop shopping and enhanced value to their customers, from boule-grinding, slicing, and orientation-fixing, through to mechanical polishing and CMP. These services are available for a wide variety of materials ranging from SiC, sapphire, GaN, AlN, and silicon to emerging new materials such as diamond.

“This partnership with Sinmat realises our final goal towards offering our customers a complete portfolio of crystal fabrication services,” said Tamara Stephenson, Kyma’s Technical Sales Engineer. 

“Since we announced the opening of our custom crystal fabrication facility earlier this year, customer interest has been excellent, ranging from simple crystal slicing and shaping to more complex device-wafer backside processing.  Our partnership with Sinmat will allow us to go all the way to making epi-ready crystalline substrates for a range of materials.”

Kyma president and CEO Keith Evans added, “Sinmat’s leading expertise and capabilities in advanced surface modification chemistry and engineering is a perfect complement to Kyma’s leading expertise and capabilities in crystal fabrication processing.  By working together our customers can leverage the strengths of both companies together with the simplicity of a simple and organised customer-supplier interface.”

Sinmat’s Vice-President and CTO Rajiv Singh further elaborated “This agreement provides a unique opportunity for crystal growers to transform their boules into epi-ready wafers utilising state-of-the-art technologies from both companies.”

Sinmat develops advanced planarisation-enabled technologies, manufacturing processes, engineered substrates, and semiconductor devices. Sinmat’s technologies enable higher performance and lower cost manufacturing of semiconductor devices.

The company provides several unique Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) manufacturing technologies needed for current and next-generation semiconductor, clean energy, and advanced material industries, such as LED, computer chip and memory devices.

Sinmat’s CMP technologies are based on the company’s unique expertise in creating engineered slurries, mixtures of nano-particles and chemicals that smooth out rough topographies and create defect-free surfaces in a rapid, reliable, and cost-effective manner.

Kyma says the market for nitride semiconductor devices is expected to surpass $30B over the next decade.  The market for nitride based LEDs grew at almost a 100% year-over-year rate in 2010 to nearly $12B.
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