Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.
|Executive Summary:||The carbon atoms in graphite, methane and diamond are identical. The value of these materials arises from the different ways that carbon is ordered. Methane is a commodity gas that’s nearly costless in small quantities. But the same carbon atoms, when rearranged into the lattice structure that characterizes diamond, increase in value nearly 1,000 times. ADT turns methane into diamond through a proprietary and patented process.
Next generation military and civilian communication systems will require technologies capable of handling data, voice, audio and video simultaneously while supporting multiple radio frequency (RF) systems operating in several different frequency bands well into the high frequency (GHz) range. The major challenge for RF devices is the need to achieve both high performance and smaller form factors while also reducing component costs and enhancing reliability. The current solution is to replace large passive components such as surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters and quartz oscillators with compact RF MEMS resonators made using silicon as the base material. Although this approach solves some problems, the mechanical and electrical properties of silicon will make scaling to GHz frequencies impossible. Diamond is the ultimate RF MEMS material for high frequency applications due to its unparalleled properties.