Diamond semiconductor process gets Korean patent

AKHAN grows electronics grade diamonds in a lab and now has a patent for using diamond materials for transistors and fully-functioning ICs. (Getty Images)

AKHAN Semiconductor announced it received a patent in Korea for fabricating diamond semiconductor materials.

The IP will be important in a wide range of electronics applications, including aerospace and automotive. The application for the patent was originally filed in 2014 as part of a series patents and patents pending, including one in the U.S., that are owned by AKHAN in its line of Miraj Diamond Platform products.

AKHAN, based in Chicago, specializes in fabricating electronics grade diamonds grown in a laboratory. The IP in the latest patent will govern base materials for diodes, transistors, power inverters and fully functioning diamond chips in integrated circuits.

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Miraj diamond glass is currently used for mobile displays and camera lenses and is six times stronger and 10 times harder than other solutions from leading glass suppliers, the company claimed. AKHAN’s process coats standard commercial glass with lab-grown nanocrystalline diamond.

This diamond-based technology can increase power density and result in faster, lighter and simpler devices. It is cheaper and thinner than silicon chips.

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