Our journey from consultancy firm to disruptive technology
Although Solmates initially started as a consultancy company serving a variety of material science projects, the ambition to bridge novel technology to everyday life has always been very strong. The link with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has always been there as many of the initial employees at Solmates have used PLD during in their research at the University of Twente.
Upscaling of PLD technology to larger surfaces was initially tested to create coatings on optical elements, but the enthusiasm in doing this directly led to the fabrication of a wafer based PLD system to support semiconductor processes.
After many iterations to the hardware, Solmates is the only company that is able to supply PLD equipment that enables wafer processing matching all industrial standards in terms of defects and reproducibility. In our mission towards industrialization of PLD processes, we have always collaborated intensively with industry to maintain a relevant focus on specific thin film applications. This lead to a portfolio with a wide range of thin film processes that all benefit from the unique features of PLD. Solmates is very proud that these days real devices are fabricated and commercialized using wafer based PLD.
“In our mission towards industrialization of PLD processes, we have always collaborated intensively with industry to maintain a relevant focus on specific thin film applications.”
Upscaling wafer size from 200 to 300 mm
Solmates secures deal with volume manufacturer of 5G RF-filters
Solmates sells first 300 mm PLD system
Solmates secures series B investment from strategic partner
Solmates opens the doors of its new headquarters
Solmates continues to expand its installed base in Europe
Integration of PLD processes in applications
Solmates expands process portfolio
Solmates enters the market with tool placement
Solmates continues to further improve its hardware and processes
Dedicated third-generation turnkey system for PZT thin films
Piezo MEMS wafer services for customers in Europe, Asia and USA
Second-generation high-temperature prototype system
A new industrial deposition platform is born
Anti-Reflective coatings on polymer optics
Soon after the start, Solmates is challenged to apply special anti-reflective coating for a military head-up display system. The company succeeds in coating a polymer lens with laser deposition on a 10x10mm scale and starts to pioneer with a deposition platform based on laser deposition.
In February 2007 Solmates starts offering material-science-related services. The company offered consultancy services and worked for more than 100 Dutch SME's from 2006-2009.