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Quora Technology, Inc., established in March 2015 and located in Silicon Valley, California, is a privately held fabless technology innovator focusing on energy efficient and high performance wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials and device solutions which dramatically reduce global energy use and consumption.

The Company is poised to become one of the premier players in the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar WBG industry with its disruptive and validated solutions in substrate and device technologies, which enable an unmatched cost, performance, and application scale. Markets served include power electronics, light emitting diodes (LEDs), advanced displays, and RF electronics, and other emerging high performance and energy efficient applications.

As a fabless company, Quora Technology is driving the commercialization of its unique solutions in conjunction with its foundry network. The Company and its foundry partner offer WBG device foundry services, as well as access to advanced and novel process technology platforms, for its customers and partners.
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A groundbreaking, fab-friendly substrate solution enabling unmatched cost,
performance and application scale for energy-efficient Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

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The Industry Challenge
The challenge to commercialize the full promise of Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (e.g. GaN) is to:

(1) reduce the manufacturing cost,
(2) improve performance and
(3) unlock new applications by enabling access to advanced, state-of-art semiconductor process and device technologies

which are serially behind the existing wafer diameter scale and device layers’ quality limitations.

Majority of current fabrication techniques are limited to <6-inch wafers. Efforts to transition to more economical 8-inch wafers, or beyond, and advanced technology platforms have been very challenging despite the significant R&D investments made to date worldwide.
Quora’s Groundbreaking and Validated Solution: GaN on QST™
Quora Technology addresses these key three GaN scale challenges, all at the same time, through a proprietary substrate technology called QST™ (Quora Substrate Technology) on which unique, high performance and low cost GaN circuit structures are fabricated.

This breakthrough enables scaling:
> to 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch diameter, and beyond
> GaN from a few micron thickness to bulk-like thickness on all wafer diameters
> devices from discrete to monolithic and eventually ICs with specifically designed engineered layers starting from QST™ level

The process and integration technologies developed are compatible with existing silicon fabs, eliminating the need for costly development.
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Core Technology
QST™ is a revolutionary, high performance substrate solution for large-diameter GaN epi and device wafers.

Rather than solving incremental scale and performance challenges of conventional substrates for WBG semiconductors, QST™ has been developed and validated as a disruptive solution, with cross-functional optimization. In this approach, the key properties of substrate material such as stress, lattice mismatch, thermal stability and shape control are engineered independently for the best fit with GaN epitaxial and device layers, as well as with different device architectures and performance targets. QST™ materials layers are integrated together in the conventional semiconductor fab with a simple manufacturing flow.

The resulting large diameter substrates (6-inch, 8-inch, 12-inch or beyond) are capable of supporting from a few to tens of microns of high-quality GaN epitaxy, from which unique, high performance and low cost GaN device structures are fabricated.
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A Unique Feature
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> Efficient investments and profitable growth
> High performance devices and applications: fast adoption of advanced modules
> Seamless and fast-cycle transition between 6-inch, 8-inch, and 12-inch

Device Reference Design

Quora Technology is designing reference devices for device manufacturers to demonstrate the benefits of the groundbreaking QST™ technology. These devices exploit key advantages of QST™ over other substrate solutions:

> High quality and stress-free GaN,
> Ability to deposit thick, bulk-like GaN epi layers on large diameter substrates,
> Low defectivity, eliminating a major limitation to performance and scalability.

With these distinct features, designers can now break free from the current technological limitations of GaN process technologies and develop advanced device architectures for lateral and vertical device designs of light emitters, switches, rectifiers, as well as monolithic and integrated circuits.

Quora Technology’s initial reference device designs demonstrate superior performance in high voltage GaN power, high brightness LED and RF communication applications such as switch mode power supplies, motor drives, solid state lighting and base station power amplifiers.
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Management Team

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Cem Basceri / co-founder, President & CEO / Chairman of the Board

Dr. Cem Basceri has spent more than 20 years in materials science and semiconductor technologies with various executive leadership and managerial positions in start-up ventures to Fortune 500 public companies.

Previously, Dr. Basceri served as CTO and Executive Member of Bridgelux, Inc., focusing on energy efficient LED devices, components and smart lighting systems. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director and Chief Technologist in Corporate Development and R&D at Micron Technology, Inc., for more than 10 years
(NASDAQ: MU), where he managed the wide bandgap technology development project with $250 Million budget, including the core partnership program at IMEC. Within Micron’s Corporate Development organization, Dr. Basceri lead strategic M&A, partnerships, investments, divestitures and technology licensing deals. He also served as the chair of the Silicon & Systems Group’s Advisory Board and the business unit representative in Micron’s TLP Global Technical Committee. From 2006 to 2008, he lead the SiC materials technology development program at Cree, Inc., (NASDAQ: CREE). From 2004 to 2006, he was involved in a privately-held technology start-up, Intrinsic Semiconductor, which was later acquired by Cree in 2006. During his career, Dr. Basceri managed over $20M in US Government grants and contracts, and worked closely with Department of Energy, DARPA, Air Force, Navy and the Army.

Dr. Basceri has more than 220 issued US patents and number of technical articles in refereed journals. He holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering
(North Carolina State University), and MS/BS degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Turkey).

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Vladimir Odnoblyudov / co-founder, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Vladimir Odnoblyudov has spent more than 10 years in optoelectronic and electronic devices, process integration and wide bandgap semiconductor technologies with executive leadership and technical management positions, from early stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Odnoblyudov served as Director of R&D and Emerging Technologies of Bridgelux, Inc., focusing on next generation solid state lighting (SSL) technologies, from LED chip level through smart sub-system level. Before that, he served as Director of LED Solutions at Micron Technology, Inc.,
(NASDAQ: MU), leading R&D efforts for revolutionary large diameter GaN wafer and device technology in 200mm CMOS pilot line fab, and with $50 Million annual budget. Development and pilot line activities spanned from substrate level through backend including chip-scale packaging and applications development. Within Micron’s R&D organization, Dr. Odnoblyudov served as a member of the IP Review and Development Committee. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2010, he was the Founder and President of Meranna, Inc., focusing on IP development of new vertically integrated SSL solutions. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Founder and CTO of Quanlight, Inc., an LED start-up focusing on development of novel yellow-red chip technology which drew several rounds of corporate and venture financing.

Dr. Odnoblyudov has more than 60 issued and pending US patents and >30 articles in referred journals and conference presentations. He holds a PhD degree in Applied Physics
(University of California San Diego, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), and MS/BS degrees in Solid State Physics (Saint-Petersburg State Technical University, Russia). While obtaining MS/BS degrees from SPbTU, Dr. Odnoblyudov worked as Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Semiconductor Heterostructures, lead by Prof. Zhores Alferov, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics in 2000 (Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute).

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Farhad Tabrizi / co-founder / Advisor

Industry veteran and executive with more than 30 years of semiconductor experience. Farhad has held roles relating to executive management, product design, marketing, supply chain management, business development, strategic alliances, and industry standard committee chairmanship. 

Prior to Quora Technology, Farhad served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Memory Planning at Samsung Semiconductor, leading the Systems Architecture Lab following his position as the President of Samsung Research and Development Center in 2011 for next generation memory technology. He joined the Samsung team after leading Grandis Inc. as Chief Executive Officer to a successful acquisition by Samsung Semiconductor. Grandis was extensively involved in developing next-generation memory based on STT-MRAM technology. Farhad elevated STT-MRAM technology to become the leading solution to eventually replace DRAM and embedded memory beyond 20 nanometers. At Grandis, he received the prestigious DARPA grant in excess of $15M to build a state-of-the-art fabrication, testing and characterization platform for STT-MRAM, and led the organization in delivering its first working silicon. Prior to Grandis, Farhad served as the Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Development at Lexar Media, which was later acquired by Micron Technology. Before Lexar Media, he was with Hynix Semiconductor as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. In his earlier career, Farhad held various management and design positions at leading semiconductor companies including President and Chairman of the Board position at SLDRAM Inc and Chairman position at JEDEC Memory Committee and IEEE. Farhad received his Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.

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Mike Noonen / Advisor

Mike Noonen leads sales and business development at Silego Technology, the leader in Configurable Mixed-Signal. He has 25 years of experience of growing top and bottom lines and mixed-signal innovation. Most recently he was the interim CEO and Board Director at Ambiq Micro. Previously, Noonen was the Chairman and co-founder of Silicon Catalyst, the semiconductor solution start-up incubator based in Silicon Valley. Silicon Catalyst won the 2015 EE Times/EDN “Start-up of the Year” Ace Award.

While EVP, Global Products, Design, Sales, & Marketing at GlobalFoundries, Noonen led the customer focused turnaround that resulted in industry leading growth in 2012. In 2008 Noonen joined NXP following its spin-out from Philips. As EVP, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, he and NXP's CTO crafted NXP's high performance mixed-signal repositioning leading to its growth and 2010 IPO.

Noonen has held GM and executive sales and marketing roles at National Semiconductor, Cisco Systems and 8x8. He started his career at NCR Microelectronics as an FAE teaching mixed-signal ASIC design.  He holds a BSEE from Colorado State University and in 2012 was named the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni. He also served on the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors and was Chairman of Socle in Taiwan. He holds multiple patents in the areas of Internet telephony and video communications.

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Julien Nguyen / Advisor

Julien Nguyen has thirty years of operational, entrepreneur and early stage investment experience in Silicon Valley, as well as engineering experience in Europe.

He is focused on early stage investments in mobile, software and services, and digital health. At IT Farm, he is a General Partner based in Silicon Valley, and is most closely involved in startups such as POPS (leading SE Asia online media), GES (equipment for automated manufacturing of electronics devices), PowWow (mobilize enterprise applications), AirDog (self flying drone for action sports). At NanoDimension, a VC firm focused on nanotechnology, he brought investments such as View Glass (electrochromic glass for buildings), SBA Materials (advanced material for semiconductor), Twist Biosciences (synthetic DNA). In 2001, Julien founded the corporate VC fund for Applied Materials, the global leader in equipment to manufacture advanced semiconductor, display and solar products (Nasdaq:AMAT, $25B market cap). As the Managing Director at Applied Materials Ventures, and Managing Director at Concept Ventures, he invested in companies such as Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN), M-Stream (acq’d by Broadcom), Grandis (acq’d by Samsung), Takumi (acq’d by Sagantec), with co-investors including August Capital, Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, Matrix Partners, Sevin Rosen, Sigma Partners.

Prior to his venture capital activities, Julien was a Founder for four startups from 1986 to 2000: Ezlogin (Internet banking services, acquired by 724 Solutions), Novita Communications (Software for internet appliances, acquired by Planetweb), E-Motions (Digital video products, acquired by Sigma Designs), Radius (Products for the Apple Mac computers, Nasdaq IPO).

Prior to moving to Silicon Valley in 1986, Julien worked in engineering positions at Matra/EADS, in the Space Division. Julien earned a Master of Science degree from Ecole Polytechnique (France) and a Graduate degree from Telecom Paris. Mr. Nguyen holds 21 patents granted in the US. Julien serves on the board of GES, Pops Worldwide, SBA Materials, and PowWow.

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Quora Technology, Inc.
2306 Walsh Ave
Santa Clara, California, 95051
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