nGimat is developing complex oxide, metal and organic (polymeric) engineered nanomaterials for next-generation electronic and optic devices. nGimat’s approach is not limited to a specific class of nanomaterials, but rather utilizes the full spectrum of available materials to engineer the best solution. These advanced materials are being developed mostly as thin films to address the performance and cost targets of a variety of emerging technologies in microelectronics, sensors, and displays.
nGimat has developed its proprietary nanoengineered resistive and dielectric coatings that enable embedded passive components to improve performance, decrease size, and reduce the use of solder. nGimat believes that its technology will replace surface mount passives (e.g., resistors and capacitors soldered to conventional circuit boards) with thin film passives incorporated inside a multi-layer circuit board. Conventional passive devices consume valuable “real estate” on circuit boards that could otherwise be devoted to active components (i.e., integrated circuits).
nGimat will provide R&D and manufacturing of the embedded passive thin films and collaborate with customers to further process the thin films into required components (resistors and capacitors) on printed circuit boards
nGimat’s CCVD Process is particularly well suited for the deposition of complex metal oxides that may address the need for high-k dielectrics in memory, semiconductor gate and other integrated dielectric applications. Though initially developed for non-volatile memory and integrated dielectric applications, nGimat is utilizing this core materials competency to develop other applications, such as sensors. Through government-funded research, nGimat has demonstrated the ability to deposit key ferroelectric layers and device electrode layers with excellent results.
Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films, exhibiting high optical transmission and electrical conductivity, play an important role in various thin film solar cell and flat panel display technologies. nGimat is pioneering the development of high refractive index, low cost, highly transparent conducting ZnO films using its proprietary CCVD Process to overcome this limitation. A number of metals (Pt, Cu, Ni) and other conductive oxides can also be formed.
Thin Polymers & Composites
nGimat has combined its ability to deposit polymer thin films for barrier applications and ability to produce nanopowders to create uniquely engineered thin film polymer nanocomposites. By co-deposition of polymer thin films (10 nm to 10 microns) and nanopowders (APS 5-100 nm), nGimat has demonstrated the potential to enable the economical roll-to-roll manufacture of high performance organic LEDs and organic embedded capacitors.