AmberWave Systems and University of New Hampshire Receive Technology Innovation Grant From the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center

AmberWave Systems, a leader in the research, development and licensing of advanced technologies for semiconductor manufacturing, will be partnering with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), after the two institutions were named as recipients of the “Granite State Technology Innovation Grant” by the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC).

The NHIRC’s Granite State Technology Innovation Grant leverages an investment by the state of New Hampshire with federal dollars from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). Companies receiving the grant provide matching funds and services, thereby increasing the value of the project, the return on investment, and the likelihood of success.

The grant will help support the project “Cost Effective Nano-Patterning for Aspect Ratio Trapping Technology.” Aspect Ratio Trapping (ART), a technique developed and nurtured by AmberWave Systems. ART is a technology that focuses on integrating silicon and compound semiconductors. It could allow manufacturers to capitalize on investments in current manufacturing technologies, and improve the speed and functionality of many of the technology devices and gadgets used everyday by consumers, while at the same time, considerably reducing costs.

“One of the fundamental and critical issues to this ART technology is the cost of patterning the silicon substrate suitable for ART material growth,” said Dr. Anthony Lochtefeld, AmberWave’s vice president of research. “We chose to work with Dr. Glen Miller because he has developed several methods for the high-rate directed assembly of nanoelements at UNH. We believe that his innovative and cost-effective approaches may help us to achieve a more efficient ART technology.”

Dr. Glen P. Miller, a professor in the department of chemistry and materials science program at UNH, will lead the grant project at the university. Dr. Miller also serves as the associate director of the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at UNH. The project will allow him, as well as his students, to transition from cutting-edge research to real world applications.

“Our partnership with AmberWave represents an opportunity to apply fundamental research that originated at UNH to real problems in the semiconductor industry,” said Dr. Miller. “This is a marriage between research excellence at UNH and semiconductor experience and expertise at AmberWave. It’s a win-win.”

The NHIRC hopes that AmberWave, with the assistance of UNH, can better expand their product line, in addition to their bottom line. Companies that grow are better able to hire employees who are more than likely to spend their money in their home communities, and that, they said, is sustainable economic impact.

“The AmberWave project with Dr. Miller’s lab at UNH exemplifies the intent and purpose of the Granite State Technology Innovation Grant program: To assist New Hampshire companies in the advancement of new technologies by making the expertise and facilities of our research institutions available to them,” said Robert Dalton, director of the NHIRC.

About AmberWave Systems

Founded in 1998, AmberWave Systems has become a leader in the research, development and licensing of advanced technologies for semiconductor manufacturing. By funding and guiding university research, AmberWave Systems is bringing new technology developments to fruition through patents and technology licensing. In conjunction with its university research projects, AmberWave Systems conducts its own research, development and limited manufacturing in its semiconductor fabrication facility in Salem, New Hampshire. In addition, AmberWave Systems collaborates with other technology focused companies to further expand and develop its research. For more information about the company, please visit its Web site at