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Functional Improvement & Validation of next Generation Equipment - Pulsed Laser Deposition for High Volume Manufacturing of enhanced piezo thin film materials enabling 5G data communication

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - FIVE-G (Functional Improvement & Validation of next Generation Equipment - Pulsed Laser Deposition for High Volume Manufacturing of enhanced piezo thin film materials enabling 5G data communication)

Reporting period: 2020-03-01 to 2020-12-31

The project named FIVE-G (Functional Improvement & Validation of next Generation Equipment) will deliver manufacturing solutions for enhanced thin film materials enabling 5G data communication. To enable the manufacturing of these advanced materials Solmates has been awarded the SME Instrument phase 2 grant.

The next generation of mobile technology, known as 5G, offers enormous potential for businesses and the wider public as it will facilitate faster downloads, reduce latency and improve energy efficiency. These are crucial attributes to achieving the Internet of Things (IoT) and the use of mobile networks to connect and operate autonomous cars, remotely controlled industrial robots, telehealth systems and smart city infrastructure. However, the technology and ability to manufacture the RF (Radio Frequency) components that are crucial to 5Gs success are currently not at a level that would make its widespread roll out viable. To improve the functionality of RF components it is a necessity to improve the properties or to introduce more advanced thin film materials.

Within the FIVE-G project Solmates will perform process development to deliver the advanced thin film piezo materials. In addition, Solmates will perform hardware development to further mature its PLD platform to allow production of these piezo thin films.
During this reporting period the work carried out towards the achievement of these objectives is as follows:

• successful process development of advanced piezo's, PZT and lead free ScAlN thin films that meet the requirements of 5G component manufacturers.
• Improvements on existing Solmates equipment that meet the specifications for high volume production of advanced thin film materials.
• Realization of the design of the next generation cluster reactor for high volume manufacturing of advanced thin film materials.
During the remainder of the project the prototype of the cluster reactor will be assembled and tested. An updated version will be installed at the site of a 5G component manufacturer. Integration into 5G components of the developed advanced piezo thin films will follow.

The success of these tasks will boost sales of Solmates thin film equipment, growing the company in size and creating jobs in Solmates’ supply chain.
Solmates next generation Pulsed Laser Deposition cluster reactor for high volume manufacturing