Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in the case of SixLine Semiconductor, not being able to see its product with the naked eye wasn’t an impediment to earning the grand prize last month in the 20th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

SixLine, a Middleton-based company working with small but powerful conductive materials, aims to make a big impression in the field of next-generation electronics with its tiny tech. SixLine’s technology has the potential to address large markets in the electronics industry, including the development of wireless communication, computing, and sensing technologies.

For the uninitiated, nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials, and devices. But the sheer scale of nanotechnology can be hard to fathom. SixLine wants to enable high-performance electronics based on aligned carbon nanotubes — which are 50,000 times thinner than a single human hair — to meet key performance and integration needs in the electronics industry.

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