Atomera (ATOM): University partnerships shine light on future Mears Silicon Technology(MST) applications

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Updated on 5/1/2021 Added information on location of Atomera’s EPI tool that is installed at the Arizona State Macrotechnology center which also is working with Applied Materials. Likely all three working together. Atomera recently blogged on work proving MST is applicable for leading edge 3nm fabs and this work was completed at the ASU Center.

The BETR center, formed in 2016, includes top universities UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford and others. Industry members include Atomera, TSMC, TI, Applied Materials and Lam Research. One area being led by the Dean of UC Berkeley College of Engineering Tsu-Jae King Li is working directly with Atomera and TI and has to do with SegFET transistor technology for RF applications. This shouldn’t be any surprise since she has been working with Atomera for years and is named on Atomera 2017 granted patent 9722046 and 2018 granted patent 10084045. I would also not be surprised if Atomera board member and former TI Fellow, Duy-Loan Le, is also tied into this work(see info below). These types of research programs indicate that Atomera is very well known in academic circles and within the industry. Being tightly coupled with power house universities and leading technologists is another great indicator of the MST technology and what it offers to the industry.


Nanomechanics theme leader Tsu-Jae King Liu (Berkeley) collaborates with Texas Instruments and Atomera on projects about SegFET transistor technology for RF applications.

See link below for report

Details from report below

Established in 2016, the goal of the BETR Center is to create a hub for physical electronics research at UC Berkeley. The Center is led by E3 senior investigators Tsu-Jae King Liu (Dean of the College of Engineering UC Berkeley) and Jeffrey Bokor (Chair of EE and Assoc. Chair of EECS Department, UC Berkeley), and managed by Michael Bartl (E3 S Executive Director), and includes several additional E3 investigators as members.

BETR is an industry-funded research center with the goal to form interactions with companies for long-term research collaborations and knowledge transfer. Corporate sponsors gain early access to innovative ideas and research results, while university researchers gain insight into challenges faced by industry.

In addition, the main research legacy of the Center for E3, the Berkeley Emerging Technology and Research (BETR) Center has significantly increased its impact and research activities with two more companies (Texas Instruments and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) joining the previous four companies (Applied Materials, Atomera, Lam Research, and Futurewei).

In the last two periods, the Berkeley Emerging Technologies Research (BETR) Center has emerged as the prime research legacy establishment of E3. As described in section IV (Knowledge Transfer), BETR is a hub for physical electronics research at UC Berkeley with the goal to form interactions with companies for long-term research collaborations and knowledge transfer. BETR is entirely funded by company members (“industrial affiliates”). Current BETR industry members include Applied Materials, Atomera, Lam Research, Futurewei, TSMC, and Texas Instruments. In Period 10, three member companies had directed research projects with E3 senior investigators.


Nanomechanics theme leader Tsu-Jae King Liu (Berkeley) collaborates with Texas Instruments and Atomera on projects about SegFET transistor technology for RF applications.

Atomera board member Duy-Loan Le is also on the boards of $CREE, $NATI and $BLDP boards. She can pick and choose what companies she works with. Duy-Loan started at Texas Instruments (TI) at 19 and two decades later was elected to the highest title – Senior Fellow. During a 35-year career at TI, Duy-Loan led the development to grow TI’s Memory product line across 5 countries and 3 continents to generate multi-billion dollar revenue, oversaw the development of the world’s fastest Digital Signal Processor per 2004 Guinness World Records, and pioneered products enabling TI’s entry into base station & VOIP markets. Duy-Loan holds 24 patents and currently serves on the board of directors at National Instruments Inc., Cree Inc, Ballard Power Systems, Atomera and various start-up companies.

Atomera’s EPI tool is installed at the ASU Macrotechnology Center. ASU announced last October about future industry collaborations with Applied Materials. Recently Applied Materials announced work with materials similar to work Atomera has been doing for years. Applied Materials patent referenced Atomera’s foundational patents. Seems likely that Atomera and Applied Materials will be working with or is working with Arizona State University.

Home of Atomera’s EPI tool
Applied Materials Patent References Atomera’s Patents
ASU Cleanroom

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