Cray, the maker of the world’s first commercial-grade liquid crystalline silicon, is partnering with Atlas Chemicals to help its customers develop and market a more sustainable business model.
The company is working closely with Atlas in a bid to expand its global footprint, including expanding into the manufacturing of its own products, according to Atlas CEO Tom Hall.
Cray has a strong foothold in the semiconductor industry and Hall said he was optimistic about Atlas’ ability to provide a more competitive marketplace for its own portfolio of semiconductors.
Atlas’ technology has been used to make a variety of materials, including high-performance batteries, computer chips, and flexible glass, which are widely used in industry.
Atlas has an existing manufacturing facility in Mexico that is used for its products, Hall said.
Atlas is also working with other semiconductor companies to help develop new products.
“It is important to Atlas to continue to support our semiconductor business, both in terms of manufacturing and distribution,” Hall said in a statement.
Atlas and Cray are also working on a partnership for a future nanosatellite, Hall added.
Atlas Chemists and Crescendo Technologies announced the partnership earlier this month, and Hall noted the collaboration is a natural fit for Cray.
The Cray team is comprised of Cresculent and Cremecome, which were formerly Atlas chemists, and Atlas, which is led by Hall.
The Atlas-Cray partnership is expected to lead to the development of new semiconductor products that can be sold in a more affordable manner.
Atlas will receive a $20 million grant from the DOE, as well as the opportunity to purchase technology that will enable Atlas to sell Crescalen products in the U.S. at competitive prices.
Hall said the deal was one of several the company is looking to enter into, and that it has also secured a deal with a Canadian company to provide Atlas with the supply of materials needed to make semiconducting materials.
“Crescendos technology is the future of semiconductor manufacturing,” Hall wrote.
“We look forward to working with Crescale Technologies to deliver on our commitment to this innovative industry.”