Transfer Devices

Company Overview

Transfer Devices, Inc. (TDI) was founded in 2004 and is based in Santa Clara, California. TDI has commercialized PVA template technology, enabling the MxL molecular transfer lithography nanopatterning processes. TDI created a prototype in 2004, a pilot scale model in 2006 and volume production is now available. TDI is building on that demonstrated success to implement these technologies for new opportunities in nanoelectronics and biomedical procedures (1a). 

Strategic Partnerships

Transfer Devices, Inc. was started at Stanford University and relies on technology developed at the University (1a).

Innovation and Technology

TDI's products are based on DARPA research conducted at Stanford University to develop materials and processing procedures for the nanoscale manufacturing of semiconductors and emerging nanotechnology devices. That research identified a water-dissolvable, biodegradable polymer material formulation with unique chemical and physical properties that has enabling features for a range of nanofabrication applications including high resolution printing. TDI focuses on the utilization of this special polymer material to make products for advanced device fabrication (2).

TDI's main products are a MxL-10 nanolithography tool and functional soluble templates (1b). Transfer Devices offers polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) template technology that enables the MxL molecular transfer lithography nanopatterning processes. The company provides exaGlide 10, PVA templates, functionalized templates, and molecular transfer solutions for nanoelectronics; and biofunctional templates, analysis software, and local drug delivery products for biomedical applications, such as cancer treatment, or exploratory research in dose optimization for drug delivery and discovery (3).

For high resolution patterning, the MxL-10 is a nanolithography tool that uses resist-coated water-soluble templates to produce sub-50 nm features over large-area substrates in less than one minute cycle time. With a range of applications from photonics to semiconductor manufacturing, the MxL-10 completes a turn-key patented solution to nanolithography, containing all necessary equipment and materials when combined patented water-soluble pre-coated templates from TDI.  TDI also offers high resolution, conformal nanopatterning templates, which dissolve in water but not in most functional materials such as other organic polymers, enable the MxL class of processes, replicated conveniently from large area master topography.  After the formation of the PVA template, it is coated with a functional material layer, such as resist for use as an etch mask, post processed, inspected, packaged, and shipped to the user (1b).


  1. Transfer Devices, Inc. (2012). Retrieved on November 21, 2012
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    2. “TDI MxL Nanolithography” from
  2. Nano Science and Technology Institute (2006). “Transfer Devices, Inc.” Retrieved on November 21, 2012 from
  3. Bloomberg Businessweek (2012).  “Company Overview of Transfer Devices, Inc.” Retrieved on November 23, 2012 from