SixLine Semiconductor could lead the way toward the next generation of wireless electronics

SixLine Semiconductor, a Middleton startup whose product could someday improve the speed and battery life of your cell phone, won the grand prize in the 20th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

SixLine wants to shake up the semiconductor industry by using carbon nanotubes—50,000 times thinner than a human hair—to replace the material currently used in wireless communication device chips. The result would be improved performance at about half the current manufacturing cost, says SixLine co-founder and CEO Katy Jinkins. Future semiconducting materials like carbon nanotubes will also be needed to deliver higher performance in order to meet the needs of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and machine learning.

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