An Irish chip processor manufacturer has launched a new technology that is said to produce a more efficient and reliable metal chip.
The company, MetalChip, said the process involves adding nanoparticles to the silicon used to make a chip, which are then bonded together in the process known as metallization.
The process is cheaper and faster than conventional processes, Metal Chip said.
MetalChip said it has developed the process at a plant in the Republic of Ireland in an effort to reduce the cost of manufacturing chips by 20 per cent, and was looking to commercialise it in the near future.
“MetalChip has developed a technology that uses nanoparticles, nanopores and anionic metals to increase the efficiency and reliability of silicon chips,” MetalChip CEO John McQuade said.
“This technology will have significant impact on chip manufacturing, which is expected to grow from around 2.6 billion to 2.9 billion chips per year by 2025.”
MetalChip is developing the technology using the technology developed by a US company called M-Metal, which uses metal-sulfide nanoparticles in the production of a chip.
“The technology developed with M-metal is currently being used in the chip industry,” Mr McQuades said.
“It is used in some of the biggest companies in the world, and is being developed by one of the largest manufacturers in the entire world, Intel.”
This is a world first, which means that this is the first application of metal nanoparticles that is being used for this technology, and that is why it is so promising.
“What we have done is taken a process that is very well known in the semiconductor industry, and we have taken it to the next level, which we think is going to be very significant.”
The new process involves combining the nanoparticles with metallic metal, which can be either a high quality or a lower quality material.
“Our process is highly efficient, and it produces chips that are 20 per to 30 per cent more efficient than the industry standard process, which has a very low cost,” Mr M-Machine said.
M-Metal is currently working on metal nanoparticle processing technology, which it hopes will be commercially available in the next few years.
“We are working very hard to develop this technology to be able to use it for manufacturing,” Mr McGowan said.
He said that M-Matic is working with industrial partners to get the metal-free process up and running.
“So, we’re working with our industrial partners around the world to get this to the point where it can be commercialised,” he said.
Mr McGowan, who has also worked with MetalChip in the past, said that the company is now looking to expand its manufacturing capability to the manufacturing of silicon and other high-performance materials.
“When we look at the next five to 10 years, there is a huge demand for a lot of high-end materials, so that’s why we are developing this technology,” he told The Irish Independent.
“There are a lot more people in the technology world that are working on this technology that we are focusing on.”
In terms of the process, the next 10 to 15 years are going to bring us much closer to having a really big industry.
“I don’t think we will see it for many years yet, but it will be here.”
M-M-Catalyst is currently in talks with several large chip makers to make it available in their production lines.
“That is really exciting, as we want to have that in place in the very near future,” Mr McKowan said of the technology.
Mr McQuad said that he believed the new technology would allow metal-based processing to be more competitive in the marketplace.
“They are a very good company.
They have a lot to offer and they have a huge amount of experience,” he explained.”
But there is this whole other field of metallisation where they have to be quite certain about what they are going for, and they do have some challenges in terms of their process.”
If we could have a better process, we could get a lot closer to our goals.
“Mr Mcquade said that MetalChip was working with major chip manufacturers to get their metal-semiconductor chips up and going.”
You can get the same process with less expensive materials, which you can then have a product that is much more cost effective, but still produce chips,” he added.”
And it will not be as good as the industry-standard process, but that’s another thing that they have done.
“M-Chip is currently focused on commercialising the technology in the US, but Mr McGowan said that there was also a lot potential in other markets.”
At the moment, there are a few other countries that are using this technology.
They’re really looking to use this to do some things for them, like for power plants, or to do more advanced applications,” he revealed.”For