Materials have long been the enabler of technological advances.
The convergence of affordable supercomputing power, nanotechnology and computational materials science has enabled a new chapter in the design of engineered materials.
One notable materials engineering advance was the invention of the EDFA (erbium‐doped fiber amplifier), pioneered in the mid‐1980s by Dr. Robert Mears, the Company Founder. The reengineering of silica optical fiber through the insertion of erbium atoms into the silica core fundamentally altered the optical properties of the material, enabling the capacity (bandwidth) of optical communications systems to be increased by a factor of a thousand. It was one of the single greatest leaps in the history of communications and remains the backbone technology of long distance optical communications today.
MST™ Platform Technology
The Mears proprietary electronic materials platform is based on a new class of patent protected engineered materials the Company refers to as MEARS Silicon Technology (MST™) Materials.
MST™ Materials can be designed and engineered to offer unique physical properties that make them potentially valuable in certain applications. In the manner of the EDFA material engineering solution and its monumental impact on a global industry, MST™ Materials too are engineered materials with engineered electrical or other characteristics fundamentally different to those subsisting naturally in a given material. Dr. Mears believes that the significance of MST™ Materials and their impact on industry may exceed that of all his previous work in the field of Photonics.
MEARS Silicon is the first MST™ Material developed by the Company, and MST™ CMOS (MEARS Silicon Technology for CMOS) the first product designed around this new material. Although the initial focus has been on silicon‐based MST™ Materials applications for the semiconductor industry, the platform can be applied.