Diamonds / Industry

Diamond Foundry Acquires German Diamond Wafer Producer


Diamond Foundry has purchased Augsburg Diamond Technology—also known as Audiatec—a manufacturer of diamond wafers based in Augsburg, Germany.

No price tag was given for the acquisition, which was shepherded by WTS Advisory, a German consulting firm.

“With the acquisition of Audiatec, Diamond Foundry has taken over the technologically leading producer of synthesized, monocrystalline diamond in wafer size,” said a press release from WTS.

“In the process used by Audiatec, monocrystalline diamond is deposited on a foreign substrate (heteroepitaxy) using chemical vapor deposition,” it said. “This makes it possible for the first time to synthesize diamond in monocrystalline form on disks with a diameter of up to 100 mm.”

Audiatec was founded in 2015 by Dr. Matthias Schreck, Dr. Martin Fischer, and Dr. Stefan Gsell. Gsell and Fischer, its comanaging directors, plan to stay on with the company.

Top: Audiatec diamond wafers (photo courtesy of Audiatec)

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By: Rob Bates

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