1. What is Widetronix?Widetronix
designs and builds low-power, long-life batteries for microelectronics. With grant funding from the U.S. Navy, Widetronix has created a patent-pending, semiconductor materials solution for betavoltaic batteries. These self-charging batteries provide a lifetime that is greater than 25 years, enabling solutions for medical implants, security and logistics.
Our team of expert engineers developed a revolutionary silicon carbide materials platform, which has subsequently enabled a new generation of battery technology. Betavoltaic batteries have long suffered an Achilles heel in terms of their efficiency, making them prohibitively expensive. Widetronix eliminates the efficiency challenge with a unique, patent-pending materials solution using silicon carbide. This solution will play a significant role in a greener, global economy that seeks alternative power solutions for microelectronics.
Widetronix batteries will replace traditional lithium and other battery platforms in the military, medical, and logistics sectors. The company is working with several of the Department of Defense’s prime contractors as well as several medical device companies to identify logical market entry points. First product sales to customers, such as Lockheed Martin, are anticipated in 2Q 2010.
2. How was Widetronix created? What relationships, university affiliations and/or collaborative efforts were involved in bringing the technology to market?
Widetronix is a spin-out from Cornell University’s Wide Band Gap Laboratory in the College of Engineering. The company began in 2003 with a focus on innovative semiconductor materials for power electronics but has shifted its focus towards battery technology. Current collaborators include Blue Highway (Welch Allyn) and Lockheed Martin.
3. Would you briefly describe Widetronix’s business plan?
Currently, we are focused on military customers who are assisting by funding product development; however, our growth opportunity is clearly in medical implants and sensors used in in-patient and out-patient medical treatment. Although we have a focus on our patent-pending battery technology, our goal is to grow into an energy architecture company that utilizes a suite of different state-of-the-art energy storage and generation technologies.
4. What is the current status of Widetronix? In what research and development efforts has Widetronix recently been engaged?
Widetronix is funded by over $2M in grants and received $250K in seed funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and DFJ Gotham Ventures. The company was also the winner of the Creative Core Emerging Business Competition and received $100K in non-dilutive funding. By approximately this summer, Widetronix staff intends to raise a venture in the range of $3M to $5M, which will be used to add relevant head count to the team.
Widetronix is working with the Department of Defense's prime contractors to incorporate its batteries into key government security systems. The company is also exploring additional opportunities in medical and logistics applications.
5. Who is on the Widetronix team?
Jon Greene, MS MBA – CEO
Dr. Michael Spencer – Co-founder & Chief Scientist
Dr. Chris Thomas MS – CTO
Dr. MVS Chandrashekar – Engineering Consultant
Ernest Davis MS – COO
6. How was Widetronix named?
‘Widetronix’ comes from the name of the class of semiconductor materials that we employ in our batteries, Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, and from the word ‘electronics’.