Collaboration looks to develop wafer-scale SC synthetic diamond

12 June 2024

A collaboration between Element Six and Orbray will focus on delivering what they claim will be the world’s highest quality wafer-scale single crystal (SC) synthetic diamond.

Synthetic diamond has superlative properties like high breakdown field and high thermal conductivity that could be the material used for technology in the far future. Specifically, industrial applications across telecommunications, defense and artificial intelligence (AI) that will place exceptional demands on power and energy efficiency.

The goal is to develop SC diamond wafer technology at sizes and levels of quality beyond what it possible today.

The collaboration will combine Orbay’s scaling SC chemical vapor deposition (CVD) platform with Element Six’s large area deposition system and experience in making high-purity SC diamond. These technologies will deliver a supply of wafer-scale, single crystal diamond for key applications like:

  • 6G wireless
  • Advanced power and RF electronics
  • Sensing
  • Thermal management
  • Quantum devices

As part of the collaboration, Orbray and Element Six will cross-license intellectual property and equipment necessary to produce wafer-scale high-quality SC diamond.

Element Six’s technology is already being used in atomic particle detection and researched in applications like radio frequency (RF) transistors, quantum sensing and quantum-secure communication.

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