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TEL And BRIDG Next Gen Process, Tool, And Device Development Partnership


Last month, Tokyo Electron (TEL), a supplier of semiconductor and flat panel display production equipment, announced a partnership with BRIDG to develop tool and process technology needed to further enable collaborative approaches for development-to-commercialization of technologies and applications that accelerate commercialization of emerging technologies.

“We are honored to announce the partnership with TEL that our respective teams have been working toward for months,” stated Chester Kennedy, BRIDG CEO. “TEL provides additional capabilities for our respective customers faster than we could have done so without the partnership. It was critical to both parties that we structure the agreement so that it also adds value for our customers and stakeholders, and I'm excited that this partnership will be a win-win collaboration.”

Based in Central Florida at NeoCity - a five hundred-acre technology district less than 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and within a mile of Florida's Turnpike - BRIDG operates a versatile 109,000-square-feet manufacturing facility, including approximately 60,000 square feet of cleanroom laboratory/manufacturing space, that offers production process technologies, R&D capabilities, and 200mm microelectronics fabrication geared toward system miniaturization, device integration, hardware security, and product development key to aerospace/defense and the IoT/AI revolution. The result enables innovative breakthroughs for industry partners, serving government and commercial markets.

With 200mm processing requirements for IoT, AI, automotive, and industrial markets growing fast, leading edge tools and process technologies developed for the 300mm market need to be applied to 200mm tools. Currently, 200mm scaling is constrained by lithography capability limitations.

“With the adoption of IoT, AI, and 5G, the transition to a data society is accelerating and propelling us closer to a future beyond imagination, a future that will require customization in communications, mobility, healthcare, and robotics technology. BRIDG is building a 200mm R&D infrastructure and platforms that enable this dynamic future”, says Tony Tsutsumi, TEL Senior Vice President for Corporate Innovation. “TEL is excited to partner with BRIDG as we develop leading edge tool, process, and integration technology for our customers.”

Through this partnership, technology development by the TEL team at BRIDG along with the execution and demonstration of new technologies and tools conducted at BRIDG along with BRIDG's tools and engineering team will drive 200mm processing technology to the next level.

“The rapid growth of the Internet of Things and other next-generation technologies is creating unprecedented demands on semiconductor process lines,” said Dan Holladay, BRIDG Director of Partnerships. “To deliver on ‘More than Moore' as well as these critical economic-driving industries, the demand for next-generation high-mix/lower volume/high performance devices to support the >5 million ‘new things' going on-line per day, has created a resurgence of 200mm semiconductor device platforms. This new partnership between TEL and BRIDG will complement TEL's existing development relationships around the world through leveraging the unique Florida-based BRIDG infrastructure and Public-Private-Partnership.”

TEL joins a growing list of BRIDG partners that are led by founding visionary stakeholders Osceola County, the University of Central Florida, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and the State of Florida. Additional partners include Harris Corporation, Siemens, Massey Services, University of Florida, University of South Florida, SUNY Poly, and others.

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