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AKHAN Semiconductor Selected for US Army’s xTechSearch Pitch Competition

Photonics.com
Sep 2018
GURNEE, Ill., Sept. 10, 2018 — AKHAN Semiconductor Inc., a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of lab-grown, electronics-grade diamonds, has announced that its Miraj Diamond technology has been selected by the U.S. Army to be part of the inaugural Army Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch).

xTechSearch aims to attract engagement with American innovators in the entrepreneurial community, small businesses, and other nontraditional defense partners. Such entities will pitch novel technology solutions directly to Army leadership.

The proposal calls for the integration of AKHAN’s proprietary diamond technology in current air and missile defense and high-energy laser systems, thereby elevating component mechanical and optical properties in support of the xTechSearch air and missile defense technology focus area.

“Integration with our Miraj Diamond technology will dramatically improve component and system reliability and performance in extreme environments, protecting against system failure issues that arise from overheating and delamination while simultaneously maintaining the stringent performance demands incumbent upon these systems,” said Adam Khan, founder and CEO of AKHAN.

“AKHAN has demonstrated a deep expertise in developing innovative diamond-based solutions for optical technologies,” said Carl Churboff, president and CEO of AKHAN. “Our Miraj Diamond glass products include consumer-facing applications such as our smartphone display glass, as well as aerospace and defense applications, such as optical windows, mirrors, and lenses. We look forward to announcing new capabilities for the platform in the near future.”

Akhan fabricates electronics-grade diamonds as functional semiconductors. xTechSearch is a prize competition sponsored by the assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics, and technology.

BusinessAkhan SemiconductorMiraj DiamondU.S. ArmydefenseArmy Expeditionary Technology SearchxTechSearchAmericas

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