Driven by the “Internet of Things,” advanced microelectronics are transforming humaninteractionwiththe world. From carsand homes to medical and personal fitness equipment, the growing demand forintegrateddevicesrequiringadvancedtechnology is rapidly multiplying, powering a new era known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As thistrend grows, new cutting-edge manufacturing processes are necessary to keep up with the pace of the microelectronics-driven economy.
BRIDG: Positioning Florida for Manufacturing Dominance
Central Florida ispositionedtobe aglobal leaderinadvancing the most disruptive technology bubble since the invention of the transistor and become a dominant icon in the era of sensors. This is where BRIDG comes into play as one of Central Florida’s most formidable companies focusing on this field.
As a not-for-profit, public-private partnership, BRIDGoffers a unique combination of tools, talent, and technology that industry, academia, and individualsfromaroundtheworldcanleveragetotransformnext-generationconceptsforadvanced sensors, imagers, photonic devices, and nanoscaleelectronicsystems into prototypes for production.
Designed asoneofthemostversatile state-of-the-art 200mm microelectronics fabrication and R&D facilities, BRIDG has nearly 60,000 square feet of laboratory/manufacturing space within a 109,000-square-foot facility that includes two cleanrooms: one operating at Class 100 and one at Class 10,000. BRIDG provides the physicalinfrastructureandcollaborativeprocessesneeded for prototyping, testing, and low-volume, high-mix production.
“By leveraging unique capabilities and holistic solutions, BRIDG accelerates technology commercialization through quantitative and qualitative measures, advanced manufacturing processes, materials and equipmentto fosterinnovation andsatisfygaps across multiple fields,” said Chester Kennedy, CEO at BRIDG.
The Epicenter of Technology
Being centrally headquartered atNeoCity’s intuitivecommunityofinnovation in Osceola County, BRIDGis poisedtobecomethe epicenter for next-generation integrated sensor devices. With roots deeply embeddedintheregionand state, its locationoffersvital access to major transportation hubs from the Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral to Florida’s Turnpike System, strategically providing connection throughout the entire state.
By building upon technology capabilities, processes, and background/foreground intellectual property, BRIDG accelerates technology commercialization across multiple fields.
Connecting Innovation and Industry
A visionary partnershipatits core, BRIDGis committedtoserving as a catalyst for advancing technology innovation with a mission of economic transformation regionally and nationwide.
Supported by Osceola County, the University of Central Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and others, BRIDG facilitates theconnectionbetweenacademiaandindustrybyservingastheconduitconnectingacademicandtheoreticaltopracticaland business. Working withits partners, BRIDGis energizingtheregion and creating an ecosystem with an established cluster of high tech companies intenselyfocusedonthefutureandindustrysolutions for next-generation nanoscale production. BRIDG’s diverse partners include imec, Siemens, Massey Services, and Harris Corporation among others to collectively serve as a global magnet for innovation and catalyst for economic growth.
“BRIDG is an important catalyst to boosting our state’s economic landscape and strength in technology innovation,” said Dr. Bob Porter, executive director of economic development and strategic initiatives for Osceola County. “BRIDG provides industry with broad business development initiatives which are focused on revenue generation, long-term sustainability, and cost-effective access to new technologies.”
BRIDG continues to develop and acquire advanced technology tools and platforms with the economy of scale needed for cost-effective manufacturing. With many of the core tools installed and qualified, BRIDGrecently achievedcriticalmilestoneswiththesuccessful processing of its first patterned wafer in May 2018 and the processing of itsfirstfewlotsofwafersthis summer. The BRIDGteam isnow in the midst of developing processes and new integration schemes for devicewafersbeingtransformedfrom auniversity labintothe manufacturing environment.
As BRIDG emerges as the epicenter for nanotechnology, photonics and smart sensor innovation, the increased access to technological markets, workforce development opportunities and high-quality jobs will be undeniable.
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