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ATM INTRODUCES SEMICONDUCTING DIAMOND THIN FILMS

 ATM INTRODUCES SEMICONDUCTING DIAMOND THIN FILMS
 DANBURY, Conn., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Technology


Materials (ATM), a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality diamond thin films, today introduced a line of semiconducting diamond thin films that represents the first commercial availability of this technology.
 Diamond film offers a number of advantages to the tooling, optics and semiconductor industries, including extreme hardness, thermal conductivity, resistance to extreme heat and cold, and the ability to adhere to a variety of substrates.
 The materials will speed the development of such applications as high-voltage photoconductive switches that allow precise impulse radar imaging; diamond transistors used in high-temperature and high-radiation environments; particle detectors for the superconducting supercollider and for basic physics research; and clinical radiation dosimeters for measuring radiation absorption.
 ATM's semiconducting thin films are comprised of n-type phosphorous doped and p-type boron doped epitaxial diamond films grown on natural diamond and polycrystalline diamond films on silicon substrates. The semiconducting diamond can then be incorporated into advanced application systems. A broad range of standard and custom sizes, epitaxial layer thickness and dopant concentrations are available.
 "Diamond's unique physical and electronic attributes make it an ideal material for everything from wear-resistant tool coatings to advanced optics applications to semiconductors," said Duncan Brown, vice president of semiconductor products at ATM. "As a pioneer with years of experience in diamond film technology, ATM expects to see the new semiconducting films spawn a new generation of innovative electronic applications."
 ATM is a business incubator that develops and commercializes advanced materials, equipment and devices based on chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology, marketing the products to a variety of firms whose business occurs along the semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain.
 When a technology is determined commercially viable, ATM establishes the technology division as a separate profit-and-loss center, providing the new company with the twin benefits of flexible autonomy and the ability to draw upon ATM for technology resources.
 /CONTACT: Duncan Brown of Advanced Technology Materials, 203-794-1100, or Tom Breunig of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470/ CO: Advanced Technology Materials ST: Connecticut IN: CPR SU: PDT


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