BRIDG Monthly Newsletter | April 2017
FROM THE CEO
Chester Kennedy Headshot

Just one year ago, NeoCity was an open field in Central Florida. Today, it is BRIDG's new home, and we have a state-of-the-art facility to help us bring to light new and exciting ideas for our partners. We are developing technologies that positively impact and advance multiple industries such as aerospace, defense, and homeland security; agriculture; robotics and autonomous systems; manufacturing; energy; cybersecurity; and biomedical fields.

We are thankful to Osceola County, the University of Central Florida, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council for their visionary leadership and invaluable support. Osceola County is becoming a hub for high-tech jobs and innovation, and it is amazing to witness this growth every day. 

We look forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony on April 13 and hope you can join us. 

Chester Kennedy
CEO
FACILITY UPDATE
BRIDG Moves Into New Facility at NeoCity
BRIDG has officially moved!

It's official! The BRIDG team has moved into our new offices on March 22, and our new address is 200 NeoCity Way, NeoCity, Florida 34744. 

NEW IN SENSORS
From Farm to High-Tech Fabrication Center 
Osceola Tech Farm Rebrands to NeoCity
There’s a quiet transformation underway as Osceola County creates a massive high-tech industrial complex from former farmland. That transformation will produce a diverse yield of collaborative technology-related businesses and jobs. A coalition of visionaries from Central Florida’s technology, education, and economic development enterprises partnered with Osceola County to bring this exciting new economy based on sensors, imagers, and next-generation devices to the area. 

With support from the University of Central Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and other economic and technology leaders, the newest and most advanced sensor design, fabrication, and production 
complex is now open for business.
Welcome to NeoCity. Formerly called the Osceola Tech Farm, this 500-acre, master-planned development is the headquarters for BRIDG. 

Less than 15 miles from one of the busiest international airports in the world; close to the world-class cultural, lifestyle and entertainment destinations; and adjacent to cutting-edge technology firms already in Central Florida, NeoCity is drawing support and commitments from industries around the nation as they see the incredible potential. 

The name is a clear signal that this is a new horizon for the region’s high-tech economy. NeoCity is more than a traditional research park. This will be the nascent mecca where fresh ideas and astonishing innovations will become reality. It will have strong community connections and will coexist with the surrounding natural landscape. NeoCity will encourage collaboration among industry, academia, and government as the focal point for partners in research, design, supply chain, and manufacturing. Amazing things are to come!

Tool Purchases Enable Early Capabilities
More than 40 state-of-the-art core process tools are on their way to support advanced smart sensors and imagers and integrated device manufacturing development programs. This includes over 30 semiconductor manufacturing equipment and associated hardware (including wafer furnaces, wet processing hoods, etch tools, implant equipment, an entire chemical mechanical planarization cell, and a lithography cell), ensuring lithography and ion implantation capabilities. With the help of our supply chain partners, additional acquisitions enabling early capabilities will include metal evaporation, deep silicon etching, and metrology.
Great strides have been made in equipment capabilities and there is still much more to do.  Initial tools purchased will fill less than 15,000 square feet of the clean room floor, leaving ample space for future equipment acquisitions and technology programs. 

Millions of dollars in equipment discounts have brought substantial value in ensuring early capabilities, enabling new product innovations, bringing unrivaled economies of scale for the next generation of products, and enhancing our ability to accelerate advanced manufacturing.
FEATURED ARTICLES
Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Promotes Sustainability
i4 Business  

BRIDG is creating strategic alliances that will help facilitate the Green Economy by "Bridging the Development Innovation Gap" through smart sensors and other breakthrough technologies. The Osceola County-based advanced nanoscale manufacturing consortium has already fostered alliances that will lead to enhanced connectivity and sustainability. Read more in the April issue of i4 Business magazine.
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
SUSS MicroTec is partnering with BRIDG to support the 2.5D/3D Integration Program. As part of the partnership, SUSS will be establishing a customer demo facility along with a $600k in-kind contribution. SUSS will be working with BRIDG to develop next generation technologies to support system integration for IR, LIDAR and THz imaging applications.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Amit Kumar to Speak at Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Join innovators, manufacturers and academia for the advancement of the manufacturing industry in the state of Florida at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute kickoff event on April 12 at the Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida (7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710). Amit Kumar, Ph.D., Associate Director, Research and Technology Services for BRIDG, will present on smart sensors.

For more information, contact Patti Gander, Director of Industry Sector Innovation at STEIC, at pgander@steic.org .
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
The Osceola Board of County Commissioners, as well as state and local public officials, will officially cut the ribbon for the Center for Neovation, the first component of Osceola County's NeoCity.

The  Center for Neovation , operated by  BRIDG,  is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing research centers in the western hemisphere. The breakthrough work done here will accelerate the manufacturing development of emerging technologies in the next generations of medical, imaging, industrial, agricultural and military sensors.

The ribbon cutting celebration will be held at the Center for Neovation, 200 NeoCity Way, on April 13 at 10 a.m.
  BRIDG is located at NeoCity in Osceola County, Florida.