Alchimer Receives Equity Investment From
July 12, 2010 04:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
MASSY, France--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Alchimer S.A., a provider of nanometric deposition technology
for through-silicon vias (TSV), semiconductor interconnects, and other electronic applications, announced today that
Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) has become an equity investor in the company.
Funding has been facilitated by the Panasonic Venture Group, a Silicon Valley-based unit of global consumer
electronics leader Panasonic R&D Company of America, which invests in companies that may present a technology-
based advantage to Panasonic. Through its investments, Panasonic Venture Group champions technology
partnerships between private companies and R&D units of Panasonic.
“Throughout the electronics supply chain, manufacturers are increasingly in need of high-quality nanometric metal
films that can be mass-produced at low cost,” said Patrick Suel, venture partner with Panasonic Venture Group.
“We see this at the wafer level, on substrates, and in 3D packaging, which is emerging as an important technology to
lower costs for future ICs and systems. We believe that Alchimer’s nanometric films have tremendous potential to
change the traditional cost-performance ratio at many points along the value chain.”
Alchimer’s breakthrough technology, electrografting (eG™), is an electrochemical process that enables the growth
of extremely high quality polymer and metal thin films on both conducting and semiconducting surfaces. The
company’s deposition technology reduces overall cost of ownership for high-aspect-ratio TSV metallization by up to
two-thirds compared to conventional dry processes, and shortens time to market.
In addition to electrografting, Alchimer has developed chemical grafting (cG™), a unique electroless process
sequence that enables the growth of highly adherent, low-resistivity copper-diffusion barrier films on isolating
surfaces through the formation of strong che