Nextreme Thermal Solutions Names Scientific Advisory Board

Board of Academic and Industry Experts to Advise Company on Strategic

Product Development of Thermoelectric Technology

Jun 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from Nextreme Thermal Solutions

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Nextreme Thermal
 Solutions, a pioneer in embedded thermoelectric components, today announced
 a new scientific advisory board comprised of leading experts in the fields
 of thermal electronics, nanotechnology, material science, semiconductor
 manufacturing and packaging, and target applications and markets. The
 four-member board will provide guidance on the development of new thermal
 management and power generation products based on Nextreme's innovative
 thermoelectric technology.
     "Nextreme is very fortunate to have the ongoing counsel of four leading
 experts in their respective scientific fields," Nextreme CEO Jesko von
 Windheim said. "Each member of our scientific advisory board has unique
 knowledge of the technologies that lie behind our embedded thermoelectric
 components. They will advise us on product development, inform us of
 pertinent new research and industry and market trends, and share the wisdom
 that comes with years of experience."
     Nextreme is commercializing thin-film thermoelectrics technology based
 on a nano-material of bismuth telluride. Nextreme's embedded thermoelectric
 components (eTECs) are used to cool hotspots on semiconductor and
 optoelectronic chips as well as precisely control the temperature of
 temperature-sensitive components, such as photonics and DNA chips. Nextreme
 is also carrying out research to use the devices for power generation,
 where their high power density offers an advantage. The members of
 Nextreme's new scientific advisory board are:
     Dr. Lon E. Bell is a leading expert in the mass production of
 thermoelectric products. In 1967 Dr. Bell founded Technar, a manufacturer
 of automotive airbag components, and directed its growth from zero to $120
 million in sales. Dr. Bell currently serves as President of BSST LLC, which
 develops advanced thermoelectric systems. BSST has developed and
 demonstrated the highest system efficiency achieved with thermoelectric
 technology to date. He has authored more than 20 publications in the areas
 of thermodynamics of thermoelectric systems, automotive crash sensors, and
 other electronic and electromechanical devices. Five of his inventions have
 gone into mass production, and dominated their target markets.
     Dr. Ralph K. Cavin, III is an expert on the next generation of
 semiconductor products. He is currently Vice President for Research
 Operations at the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Dr. Cavin's technical
 interests span VLSI circuit and system design, computer-aided design of
 microelectronic systems, control theory with applications to semiconductor
 manufacturing, and applications of computing and telecommunications to
 engineering education. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed
 technical papers and contributions to books. Dr. Cavin is a Life Fellow of
 the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has
 served as a consultant to a number of government, industrial, and academic
 institutions and is a member of the Board of Directors and a Fellow of the
 International Engineering Consortium, a member of the IEEE Computer
 Advisory Board and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute
 of Microelectronics in Singapore.
     Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus is an acknowledged expert in materials
 science. She is currently the Chair of the Governing Board of the American
 Institute of Physics. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences,
 the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society,
 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American
 Physical Society, the IEEE, the Materials Research Society, the Society of
 Women Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
 and American Carbon Society. Dr. Dresselhaus has received numerous awards,
 including the National Medal of Science and 21 honorary doctorates. She is
 the co-author of four books on carbon science. Her research has covered a
 wide range of problems in the physics of solids with special attention to
 nanoscience, and carbon-based and other nanostructures of particular
 relevance to energy-related applications.
     Dr. M. Michael Yovanovich is an expert in thermal heat transfer and
 thermal electronics, with four decades of research on thermal contact, gap,
 and joint resistances in microelectronics. Dr. Yovanovich is Distinguished
 Prof. Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Adjunct Prof. of mechanical
 engineering, and is the founder and Principal Scientific Advisor to the
 Microelectronics Heat Transfer Laboratory at the University of Waterloo,
 Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Yovanovich has authored or co-authored over 170
 archive journal papers, over 130 conference papers and 10 chapters in
 books. He is an Advisory Editor for the Journal of Thermophysics and Heat
 Transfer. Dr. Yovanovich is Fellow of the American Association for the
 Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the American Institute for
 Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Fellow of the American Society of
 Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of Canadian Society of Mechanical
 Engineers (CSME).
     About Nextreme Thermal Solutions
     Nextreme Thermal Solutions manufactures advanced thermoelectric devices
 to address the escalating thermal management needs of the semiconductor,
 photonics, bio-medical and defense/aerospace industries. These
 high-performance solid-state devices operate as miniature heat pumps for
 cooling semiconductors and precision thermal management of photonics and
 integrated optoelectronics chips. Nextreme's unique thin-film
 thermoelectric technology provides an industry first -- the embedding of an
 active cooling device directly into an integrated circuit's package. Other
 applications include converting heat into electricity for advanced power
 generation applications, thermal batteries and automotive energy
 management. Nextreme currently has 30 employees and is located in Research
 Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, please visit

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