Suzhou Nanotech Newsletter
January 2013
China International Nanotech Innovation Cluster
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Warm Greetings!


We are excited at the opening of Nanopolis Suzhou development in January. We welcome you to Suzhou to see for yourself the dynamic ecosystem for nanotech commercialization. We are open to discuss your needs, and can introduce potential partners and show you the nanotech infrastructure as well as the ancient gardens of Suzhou.


I look forward to meeting you soon!


Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Xijun Zhang

General Manager, Suzhou Nanotech Co.


We are excited to announce that the grand opening of Nanopolis Suzhou will be held on January 18, 2013. The Nanopolis is the heart of CHInano, and the opening of Phase I, will further strengthen Suhzou's nanotech ecosystem which has a focus on nanotech commercialization. With this, Suhzou is well on the way to being the most global and innovative nanotech hub in China, if not the world.


Suzhou launched the "Nanopolis Suzhou" initiative and 10 billion RMB (about 1.5 billion USD) has been committed over 5 years to provide a complete ecosystem for the growth of nanotechnology and new industries enabled by it. The areas of focus include Micro and Nano-Manufacturing Technologies, Energy and Green Technologies, and Nano Medicine.


                                                   Nanopolis when completed


Nanopolis provides not just incubation facilities for Suzhou's overflowing number of nanotech venture companies - over 200 nano related ventures, but also an innovation and commercialization base for global companies. The dynamic environment of Nanopolis is designed so you can take your nantoech rapidly from R&D to pilot production, then to mass production.


The Nanopolis is also an ideal environment as a nanotech base in China for countries to showcase their companies and technologies, such as the "China-Finland Nano innovation Center" and "The Dutch Science & Technology SME China Centre" who are setting up in the Nanopolis.

                                         Nanopolis Phase I nearing completion                        


Nanopolis Suzhou has a total area of 1 square kilometer, with integrated infrastructure for R&D, pilot production an mass production, as well as corporate, education and lifestyle environments. Comprehensive incentives and support are also provided, such as tax reductions, manpower/housing subsidies, and thorough commitment to IP protection. Suzhou intends to attract over 200 nanotech companies from all over the world and 10,000 nanotech experts within the next 5 years.


Come and see, then come and join this dynamic environment like nowhere else in the world.

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GaNDeveloping GaN Ecosystems - From LEDs to Power Electronics

A recent workshop on Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor applications in Suzhou highlighted the rapid dynamics toward new market opportunities and Suzhou's efforts to grow the GaN ecosystem and drive these new industries. It is rare that a material opens up new markets become a large market, like a silicon, but GaN, with unique properties to open up various new applications, has grown rapidly on the back of the LED industry.


A great deal of the world's LED manufacturing base has gone to China, which has had some over investment in recent years, leading to large GaN wafer capacity in China. With all that, GaN equipment, capacity and growth know-how, there is some movement to GaN power electronics, and lasers. Using the superior properties of GaN, power devices based on GaN are starting to appear in the market with the expectation that they will replace silicon power devices in some segments with their much lower power consumption.


GaN Industry Alliance in Suzhou 

The "Driving GaN Applications" Workshop in Suzhou on November 29th, brought together the whole GaN value chain, from research to device companies, new ventures and end-users to discuss these issues and opportunities. As was seen from the presentations, Suzhou has become a hub for joint GaN research and new ventures, and a key component is the Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), which also is the home to many nanotech spin-off companies.


It was described by Suzhou Nanotech Co. Ltd. that they are planning to further invest and grow the GaN ecosystem in Suzhou, in particular to new applications like power devices and lasers. Suzhou aims to fill-out the GaN value chain with a GaN industry alliance or consortium, bringing together domestic and worldwide companies, as well as attracting talent from worldwide. While Suzhou provides common platforms, as well as incentives and subsidies, it allows companies with world-class technologies and ideas to go rapidly from research to prototype, to a quick ramp-up to commercialization.


Suzhou has created a dynamic environment with many nanotech start-up companies in other applications, just with this kind of method of bringing together value chains and common platforms. During the Workshop roundtable discussions, the participants also reemphasized that such efforts are important for successful commercialization, such as connecting upstream and downstream players for collaboration and having an application development value chain. The participants also appreciated the role of SINANO as a collaboration platform, and its support of industry value chains.


Showing how much of a GaN hub Suzhou has become, AIXTRON, the global equipment company, that has sold many MOCVD systems to grow GaN wafers in China, has also established a training center in Suzhou to further the expertise in GaN growth and use.


GaN Companies in China

A Suzhou company, Nanowin described how they are confident in driving down GaN costs, so that anyone who wants to use GaN in their application can use it. They use HVPE wafer growth using their own equipment, and have been doing good business selling their high-quality wafers for GaN lasers and lasers projectors. With SINANO, they will move to 6-inch wafers in 2013.


With Chinese worldwide, one of the latent strengths is that experts with global experience are coming back to Suzhou. One of those is Qian Sun, with experience at Yale and Bridgelux is now at Lattice Power as they drive GaN-on-silicon for LEDs. They have 6-inch wafers in research which is moving to mass production in 2013.


Another local Suhzou company with high-level talent is Dynax Semiconductor, the first commercial company in China to focus on GaN electronic device design and manufacturing. They explained how they can fill a niche for GaN RF chips for cellular base stations, as US companies have export restrictions for such devices. Communications companies are testing their devices now, and Dynax has also started on power devices. They said that GaN cost is not a problem.


A leading GaN power device company, Transphorm, explained their high-voltage GaN devices that are actually out there on the market. They showed glimpses of the hoped for bright future of GaN by stating that, at present, compared to silicon devices, GaN power devices can give lower cost at the same performance, or higher performance at same cost as silicon. With the future bringing lower costs with higher performance.


Participants also suggested to leverage the LED industry base, not just its technical capacity and knowledge, but also its hard-fought experiences. For example, during the ramp-up of LEDs there was a gap between the technical side and the business/investor side, that should be learnt from, and avoided, when ramping up other GaN applications.


Seeing such energy in Suzhou and new ventures with confidence going after these GaN opportunities, they may just catch the GaN wave as it takes off.

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