Intel names little-known Kitchener software company one of world’s best
KITCHENER — The affect of a application business in an aged manufacturing facility on Victoria Street South extends all around the globe.
And for the initially time the business, PEER Group Inc., can communicate publicly about the perform it does for the world’s biggest maker of pc chips — Intel.
Intel named Peer Team an “Epic Outstanding Provider.” Only 6 out of additional than 9,000 suppliers make that listing.
PEER Team writes the application that controls the machines in the course of a important stage of chip making — burning the integrated circuits on to the surface of the silicon with lasers. It is identified as photolithography and it ought to be accurate to within just 5 nanometres — five-billionths of a metre.
“All the lithography resources operate our software,” said Doug Suerich, director of promoting at PEER Team. “We think every laptop or computer chip on the world is touched by a piece of gear that runs our software.”
The software package from PEER Team is made use of in some of the world’s most important microchip factories in Taiwan, South Korea and Germany. The company’s software program connects the place of work computers with the automatic resources on the manufacturing unit ground.
“The significant semiconductor factories are all run by robots. They have really several operators on the ground, and which is the place our things definitely shines,” said Suerich.
The minor parts of plastic, steel and silicon that slide into personal computers come out of the most exacting environments. The lasers that melt away the circuits onto the chip are at the leading edge of manufacturing technological innovation.
“The latest and greatest, and newest of the new are placing down patterns 5 nanometres across. That is like 20 atoms across. They are drawing minimal strains that are 20 atoms extensive,” mentioned Suerich. “It is crazy what goes into generating that function.”
The recognition from Intel, and the co-branding and co-promoting that will come with it, will aid PEER Team recruit new talent, said Suerich.
Subsequent 7 days, it opens a Toronto office and expects to have 40 personnel there by year’s conclude — software builders, high quality assurance experts and task managers. It has 190 persons in the Kitchener office environment at 72 Victoria St. S., and 50 in Dresden, Germany.
The globally lack of chips brought about by the pandemic has resulted in large investments in manufacturing, and that drives far more small business for PEER Group. It had revenues of much more than $48 million in 2021. It expects that to enhance to $58 million or far more in 2022.