This, our 61st patent, is granted in India which is a fast-growing market within the semiconductor industry. The patent belongs to the Helplayer family – one of our hardcore technology and concept families. The Helplayer technology essentially is a method to protect the underlaying substrate or materials from being damaged during the nanostructure growth process.
India is a fast-growing semiconductor market in the field of consumer electronics. Furthermore, India is emerging as a new important semiconductor fab source in Asia. Hence it becomes a strategic choice to have a core IP footprint also in India.”, says Dr Shafiq Kabir, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Smoltek.
Smoltek’s patent portfolio has today developed into several patent families, starting from fundamental technology that enables controlled growth of nanostructures. Since then, the portfolio has further expanded into the domain of devices/components based on, or enabled by, nanostructures.
During the initial phase of Smoltek’s development of intellectual property, the first set of patent families was designed to protect essential industry-compatible processes. One of these early families is a method patent family named Helplayer.
The Helplayer patent family offers a method to protect the underlying substrate and materials when growing nanostructured material on the surface. Subsequently, afterwards the helplayer can be removed from the unwanted areas in a controlled way without damaging underlaying materials, or circuits (i.e. transistors). This method, for example, provides the possibility to manufacture smaller and thinner high-performance capacitors not only as discrete capacitor components but also as integrated capacitors at wafer fab production of for example microprocessors, smart interposers or chiplets.
Smoltek’s patent portfolio now globally comprises 61 granted patents. Read more about our IP and patents.
Image: Shafiq Kabir, CIO at Smoltek