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6 February, 2020 - 12:01 By Tony Quested

$6m TeraView investment accelerates terahertz technology deployment

TeraView, the Cambridge-anchored pioneer and leader in terahertz technology and solutions has secured $6 million funding from existing and new investors, including two Korean companies.

The money will be used to further accelerate product and technology development, customer support plus and sales & marketing.  

The backers include Wonik Investments, Pathfinder H and Ingenious, The funding is designed to ensure that TeraView retains its leadership in the growing terahertz market and continues to provide a high level of support to customers across the world.

TeraView is the leading supplier of terahertz systems to support semiconductor companies and their manufacturing partners in the implementation of advanced 2.5 and 3D packaging technologies for integrated circuits. 

Advanced packaging techniques allow compact integration of key components such as microprocessors, high bandwidth memory and graphics processors used in computing and data manipulation, providing a means of enhancing performance and minimising power and space requirements in mobile phones and other electronic devices. 

All the major semiconductor companies are now offering their own packaging architectures to differentiate themselves from competitors. TeraView’s proprietary EOTPR technology has been developed with its key customers as an important enabling tool in fault isolation and inspection of these new architectures. 

The funds raised by TeraView will be used to enhance the performance, expand the capabilities and improve the ease-of use of the software and hardware used in EOTPR, as well as further build TeraView’s pre-sales and post-sales support teams in Asia and the US.

TeraView is also the leading supplier of terahertz systems for the measurement of thickness of multi-layer paints used in the automotive and aerospace industries. 

New painting technologies such as wet-on-wet formulations are being implemented to improve automotive production line throughput. There is also a need for more accurate, non-contact means of monitoring paint quality. 

Both are moving the automotive industry to the implementation of terahertz as a key inspection technology. Working with major US and European car manufacturers, TeraView is currently bringing its proprietary TeraCota product into the production line for regular inspection of automotive bodies and components. The funds raised will be used to support the implementation of this product in production lines across the world.

Dr Don Arnone, chief executive officer and co-founder of TeraView, said: “The follow-on investment from Nordson DAGE, coupled with new corporate investors such as Wonik Investments in Korea, underscore the level of interest from industry in TeraView’s technology and solutions that we provide to our customers in our core markets. 

“Support from new financial investors such as Ingenious in London, and Pathfinder H in Korea further demonstrate the global appeal of TeraView’s business to investors.”

TeraView has demonstrated the potential of terahertz technology in a number of applications including the detection of faults and quality issues in semiconductors, monitoring the quality of pharmaceutical drugs and high value coatings used in automotive and other industries.

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