Nobel Prize for AFM

December 8, 1986

Nobel Prize for AFM

Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Binnig from the IBM Research Laboratory Zurich receive the Physics Nobel Prize for the invention of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM). This is the beginning of the success of scanning probe technologies, which exist nowadays in a huge variety and are widely used in research and industry

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Millipede Project

October 30, 1995

Millipede Project

Gerd Binnig and Peter Vettiger start the IBM Millipede project, a unique data storage concept using sharp heatable tips. By 2007 a 2D array of heatable tips was able to write, read and delete data with an extremely high storage density. Still, the technology was never marketed due to economic reasons.

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Thermally Responsive Resists

January 6, 2008

Thermally Responsive Resists

The IBM scientists Michel Despont, Armin Knoll and Urs Dürig come up with new ideas for probe-based nanopatterning using thermally responsive resists.

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ETH Research Project

October 30, 2009

ETH Research Project

The SNF funded research project ‘Surface structuring by means of stimulated desorption of organic material’ starts at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich. Felix Holzner joins IBM.

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Smallest World Map

April 22, 2010

Smallest World Map

IBM Research Zurich creates the World’s smallest 3D map using thermal scanning probe lithography, see also the photo gallery here.

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Scientific Proof-of-principle

October 30, 2010

Scientific Proof-of-principle

Proof-of-principle experiments of the novel nanopatterning technology are published in Science and Advanced Materials. Philip Paul joins IBM.

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High-speed & Applications

July 8, 2011

High-speed & Applications

A new high-speed patterning scheme is impressively demonstrated by Philip Paul (published in Nanotechnology, awarded a Highlight of 2011). The unique 3D nanofabrication capability of the NanoFrazor is used for first applications (published 2011 in Nano Letters and Applied Physics Letters).

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Incorporation

January 9, 2012

Incorporation

Incorporation of SwissLitho AG by Felix Holzner and Philip Paul. The vision of the two founders is to establish the novel nanopatterning technology, termed NanoFrazor, as a standard method for clean-room facilities.

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Relocation

October 30, 2013

Relocation

Relocation of the headquarters to the Technopark in Zurich.

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Startup Awards

December 3, 2013

Startup Awards

SwissLitho AG wins more than 380’000 CHF in startup awards, among them the Heuberger Winterthur Jungunternehmerpreis 2013, the ZKB pionierpreis technopark 2013, venturekick 2013, and is continously ranked among the top 100 startups of Switzerland.

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Tool Delivery

April 1, 2014

Tool Delivery

First delivery of a NanoFrazor Explore to a customer.

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Another World Record

April 25, 2014

Another World Record

The world’s smallest magazine cover made it into the Guinness World Records “chiseling” the future of computing, see also the photo gallery here.

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Global Sales

May 19, 2015

Global Sales

Build-up of an international sales and distribution network. Distribution Partners in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, Gulf region, Singapore, Israel, Dubai, South America, Australia and USA.

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