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Transforming Human Interaction

Driven by the “Internet of Things,” advanced microelectronics are transforming human interaction with the world. From cars and homes to medical and personal fitness equipment, the growing demand for integrated devices requiring advanced technology is rapidly multiplying, powering a new era known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As this trend 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 is positioned to be a global leader in advancing 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, BRIDG offers a unique combination of tools, talent, and technology that industry, academia, and individuals from around the world can leverage to transform next-generation concepts for advanced sensors, imagers, photonic devices, and nanoscale electronic systems into prototypes for production.

Designed as one of the most versatile 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 physical infrastructure and collaborative processes needed 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 equipment to foster innovation and satisfy gaps across multiple fields,” said Chester Kennedy, CEO at BRIDG.

The Epicenter of Technology

Being centrally headquartered at NeoCity’s intuitive community of innovation in Osceola County, BRIDG is poised to become the epicenter for next-generation integrated sensor devices. With roots deeply embedded in the region and state, its location offers vital 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 partnership at its core, BRIDG is committed to serving 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 the connection between academia and industry by serving as the conduit connecting academic and theoretical to practical and business. Working with its partners, BRIDG is energizing the region and creating an ecosystem with an established cluster of high tech companies intensely focused on the future and industry solutions 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, BRIDG recently achieved critical milestones with the successful processing of its first patterned wafer in May 2018 and the processing of its first few lots of wafers this summer. The BRIDG team is now in the midst of developing processes and new integration schemes for device wafers being transformed from a university lab into the 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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