Luminar Systems, the world’s leading semiconductor developer, has announced its 10nm FinFET process technology, and is seeking investors.
Luminar announced the technology at the International Conference on Nanotechnology, held in Singapore on March 10-12.
The 10nm FET technology is expected to be ready for production by 2021.
In addition to automotive applications, the technology is also used in medical devices, energy-storage, and medical diagnostic applications.
The company’s 10nm technology is an advanced node of its nanotechnology cluster.
It uses a process called “zirconation” to “cut out” the layers of the material that make up the nanostructures.
Zirconations are a way to create nanostructure by cutting out the layer of the underlying material.
The process is similar to “wafer casting,” but it’s done using a high-temperature metal called zirconium.
The new 10nm technologies is the result of a collaboration between Luminar, the Swiss-based company that makes the 10nm silicon, and its partners, the National University of Singapore (NUS).
The company, founded in 2001, has been developing 10nm chips for automotive, consumer electronics, and healthcare applications since 2009.
Luminars 10nm processor, known as the “Xterra” process, was used in the Tesla car, the Tesla Semi, and other high-end vehicles.
Luminar has said the technology can be used to improve the performance of its 10-nanometer FinFETS (nanometer-scale transistors), and also increase the performance and power efficiency of existing 10nm manufacturing processes.
“Luminars 10 nm FinFets are also ideal for automotive and other applications, because they are both flexible and durable, and can be manufactured in large volumes in large amounts,” the company said in a statement.
“Our 10 nm FET is also well suited to automotive use, since it’s able to fit into existing manufacturing processes and uses the same process technology that is used in current automotive and consumer electronics.
Luminaries 10 nm Process Technology offers an attractive alternative to traditional process technologies.”
Luminaris technology, which is being developed with NUS partners, is a “fusion of additive manufacturing, microprocessors, and lithography,” the firm said.
“We believe this fusion will help us to meet a growing demand for advanced, high-performance, and affordable technologies in automotive, health, and semiconductor products.”
The 10-nm technology can also be used for photonics, the process of using nanosized, crystalline materials to create larger structures, such as those found in the semiconductor industry.
“Our 10nm Zircona technology is designed to produce high-efficiency, low-cost devices with excellent power efficiency, and it can be adapted for other applications,” the NUS said in the statement.
The company is also looking to commercialize the technology and sell it to its customers.
Lumenars 10-N nanostrobes are expected to produce up to 1 million chips per year, and have a power density of about 150W.
The 10nm processes were developed using a single process.