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At SEMICON West 2013, Element Six <http://www.e6.com/electronics> , the world leader in synthetic diamond supermaterials and member of the De Beers Group of Companies, announced it has expanded its global manufacturing capabilities of microwave chemical vapor deposition (CVD) synthetic diamond by 60 percent compared to last year. Driven by growth in the company’s semiconductor and optical business segments, Element Six has effectively ramped production capacity to meet emerging demand for thermal management solutions including gallium nitride (GaN)-on-diamond substrates and high-power resistant optical windows for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems.
“Our bookings have seen a 30 percent increase in compound annual growth over the last two years, and we attribute the majority of our expansion to new applications in the semiconductor market,” said Adrian Wilson, head of the technologies division at Element Six. “We are seeing more interest from packaging designers and manufacturers as the industry comes to recognize the numerous properties and benefits of synthetic diamond, which offer our customers a distinct competitive advantage to further differentiate and strengthen their solutions for a greater return on investment.”
Element Six has expanded its high-volume manufacturing capabilities across its facilities in Silicon Valley, California, and Ascot, United Kingdom—the latter already serving as the world’s largest CVD diamond manufacturing site. The three key areas of production supported at the built-out sites include:
To further consolidate and strengthen the company’s innovation capabilities, Element Six also opened its new, state-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre (GIC), based in Harwell, near Oxford, this month. Building on Element Six’s 50 years of R&D heritage, the GIC will enable the company to rapidly design, manufacture and test market-ready solutions in one location.
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