Thanks to our collaboration partners

by Super User

Kyma owes much of its continued success to win-win partnerships with academic, government, and corporate entities.

There is not a single success in Kyma's product portfolio or in its advanced development projects that hasn't benefited in one or more important ways from our materials and device collaboration partners.

Below are just two examples of literally dozens wherein one or more collaboration partners have made key contributions that translated into improvements in Kyma's product line and our product and technology roadmaps:

Kyma's bulk semi-insulating GaN substrates were an exciting addition to our product portfolio in part because of their potential to support higher reliability RF GaN FETs and also because of their excellent semi-insulating properties when measured using Kyma's routine microwave resistivity measurement tools. Their initial development at Kyma was supported by Air Force Research Laboratory and Missile Defense Agency - and part of our funded efforts required us to deliver materials to one of our partners who was a leading US defense company. They found a problem - our otherwise semi-insulating substrates were laden with conductive inclusions which were undetectable using Kyma's routine characterization tools. The defense company had a more complete set of analysis tools that could more completely analyze our materials. We then called upon another partner - a leading academic group - and they helped us further characterize our materials. With all that great input from partners, we came to understand what needed to be eliminated from our wafers and indeed were soon thereafter able to modify our crystal growth process to eliminate the conductive inclusions. We made an associated product improvement announcement in March of 2006. These improved materials then led to several publications including about high performance RF GaN FET device demonstrations by Naval Research Laboratory and others. In parallel our collaboration partners at Wright State University and University of Alabama at Birmingham helped us understand some of the more subtle materials physics associated with compensating centers in our semi-insulating GaN.

Kyma's ability to become a new entrant to the field of electronic grade diamond materials was completely enabled by partnering with Michigan State University (MSU) scientists, who helped Kyma to write a winning SBIR proposal that was supported by Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Kyma's Principal Investigator (PI) on the project was able to spend quality time at MSU and together with MSU scientists Kyma was able to meet its Phase I goals to the point that Kyma was subsequently selected for Phase II support by ARL. This is an exciting new material for Kyma, an important addition to its wide bandgap semiconductor materials efforts, and we are excited over the prospects of becoming a leading supplier of large area electronic grade diamond which could only have happened with the support of both MSU and ARL.

Our partners benefit from access to leading edge materials technologies for research purposes and/or for potential insertion into their technology and product roadmaps. Many of our partners benefit from joint funding that results from joint proposal writing.

Please contact us if you have an interesting collaboration you would like to discuss!