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Nextreme Hires Stephen Brooks as Director of Manufacturing

Photonics.com
Nov 2007
Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., a Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based manufacturer of microscale thermal and power management products for the electronics industry, has named Stephen Brooks as director of manufacturing. Brooks will coordinate the company's move into its new 14,000-sq-ft facility and establish volume manufacturing systems for its thermal copper pillar bump technology used in flip-chip applications such as microprocessors, medical devices, chip sets, display drivers, watches and analog/mixed signal devices. Brooks has more than 24 years of experience in managing the transition of high-technology companies from research and development to volume manufacturing. Prior to joining Nextreme, he served as director of operations at Amkor Technology in Morrisville, N.C., scaling up the company's back-end flip-chip solder bumping capability. He has also served as director of operations with JDS Uniphase -- formerly Cronos Integrated Microsystems -- where he was responsible for establishing a new MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) wafer fabrication facility in North Carolina. Before that, he held multiple management positions in manufacturing and business operations during his 15 years at Mitsubishi Semiconductor’s DRAM production facility in North Carolina. He also spent more than two years working in Mitsubishi’s microelectronics manufacturing operations in Osaka and Kumamoto, Japan.


GLOSSARY
electronics
That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
flip chip
An optical switch that controls conduction paths into and out of a junction in fiber optic and integrated optical circuits.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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