Neah Power Systems & IceMOS Technology Discuss Silicon Partnership

August 17, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Neah Power Systems, Inc. announced that it has created a strategic partnership with IceMOS Technology Ltd. to utilize the company as its starting substrate supplier. This partnership allows Neah Power to leverage the Engineered Substrate manufacturing expertise of IceMOS to produce the starting material that act as the electrodes for Neah’s proprietary fuel cells.

IceMOS Technology Ltd. specializes in bonded silicon substrate production and develops what is described as unique, Engineered Substrate processing techniques for companies, such as Neah Power, who would use IceMOS as a critical step in their manufacturing process. This allows Neah Power to increase its volume without having to build the large infrastructure that would otherwise be needed.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Neah Power Systems and help bring their fuel cell solution to market," said IceMOS President and CEO Samuel Anderson. "They have a unique, differentiated solution, and we believe we can provide a key building block with our Engineered Substrates that leverage our core competencies; bonding, etch, and thinning of silicon wafers. We look forward to a productive partnership, and are thrilled to take part in enabling the success of Neah’s product"

President and CEO of Neah Power Systems, Dr. Chris D’Couto said, "This partnership with IceMOS is further validation of our manufacturing model and our competitive differentiation. Our use of proprietary silicon electrodes and leveraging the mainstream silicon processing industry, gives us unique advantages in going to market quickly by using the engineered silicon capabilities of IceMOS. This gives us a best-of-breed source for silicon electrodes. When placed with our previously established partnerships, Aspen Technologies and Sanmina - SCI, IceMOS helps complete the placement of all of the building blocks needed for Neah Power’s product."