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On the Cutting Edge of Innovation

Novatrans’ flagship chip, the TeraChip (formerly called Novatron), is the first Terahertz (THz) TeraChip capable of generating and processing waves in the Terahertz segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. This spectrum has long been considered an elusive link between electronics and photonics, and is intrinsically suitable to many applications.

TeraChip Transistor

TeraChip is comprised of nano-vacuum-photo tube transistors that capture the power of electrons moving freely in nano dimensions between diodes, without generating heat. TeraChip bridges the gap between the vacuum technologies of the past and the integrated silicon chip technologies of today, while eliminating their respective disadvantages. TeraChip’s main advantages include:

  • High Speed – Offers electron transit times at least one order of magnitude better (i.e., 10x faster) than the best semiconductors.
  • High Bandwidth – Opens the THz spectral window (300GHz-3,000GHz) for electronic exploitation and allows radio communication with the bandwidth of optical fiber.
  • Temperature Independence – Avoids the acute heat dissipation problems that characterize high performance silicon devices.

TeraChip is the third breakthrough generation in solid-state electronics. It is the first transistor device and chip to capture the immense power that electrons can generate when moving freely through an obstacle-free path in space.

TeraChip: Beyond Semiconductors

TeraChip is the first cost-effective, commercially-viable, high-performance and high-power Terahertz transistor. TeraChip brings vacuum electronics back to life, and will extend Moore’s Law into a new generation of beyond-silicon processing power.

TeraChip features a revolutionary photo-nano vacuum tube, in a state-of-the-art architecture that harnesses the power of ballistic electrons moving freely between diodes in a frictionless nano dimension, excited by photoelectric effect without heat generation. In addition to generating and detecting superior Terahertz frequencies, TeraChip dramatically increases the speed of data processing and communications bandwidth – with potentially dramatic impact on semiconductor transistors and the electronics industry as a whole.


Novatrans designed and built TeraTool, which offers low volume TeraChip production and fabrication for R&D and FAB-compatibility for manufacturing. TeraChip can be manufactured in partnership with traditional production plants using common processes, since 80% of TeraChip fabrication is Fab Less compatible. Built with an investment of over $25 million, the fabrication tool is an Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) machine in a clean room, initially for low volume production, which is located in Germany.


IBM and Novatrans are collaborating on the creation of TeraRobot for mass-production of high-power Terahertz chips. This joint development milestones-based agreement will create a mass-production tool for fabrication of the high-power high-speed TeraChips. Leveraging IBM’s leading edge wafer-to-wafer fabrication techniques, TeraRobot will facilitate a dramatic reduction in large-scale TeraChip manufacturing costs – expediting the creation of Terahertz applications for major industries.


Novatrans’ first Terahertz system, the TeraSystem spectrum analyzer, produces 1,000 times more THz power than current solutions; inspecting at resolutions 600 times greater – all in a disruptively-priced package 50 times smaller than similarly-performing alternatives.



EREZ HALAHMI By Kfir Ziv__509

Erez Halahmi


Mr. Halahmi is one of the founders and inventors of Novatrans Company and leading technology.

Mr. Halahmi was the founder and CTO of AxisMobile Ltd. (AIM: AXIS), a developer of a high technology messaging system. AxisMobile has customers in Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Thailand and China. Prior to founding AxisMobile, Mr. Halahmi established and managed the Data Communication Group of Comverse Technologies, Inc. The group developed sophisticated DSP algorithms and Internet smart applications. Additionally, he led the Next Generation Development Group of the voicemail system 3Log Infinity, otherwise known today as Inside. Prior to Comverse, he worked for Comda Ltd, where he led the development of the Vicom product that connects the IBM mainframe to VMS and UNIX machines.

Mr. Halahmi holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. (with honors) in electrical and electronics engineering from Tel-Aviv University (Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies). As part of his MSc, Erez invented a new technique for the development of latent fingerprints.


Leeor KronikProf. Leeor Kronik

Co-Inventor Prof

Kronik is a Senior Scientist of the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he heads a computational materials science research group that concentrates on predicting properties of nano-materials and spintronics materials with the help of a super-computer.
In 1999, he joined the University of Minnesota to work on first principles calculations of materials properties, first as a Fulbright Scholar and later as a Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Fellow.

Prof. Kronik has published over 50 scientific articles and is a member of the American Physical Society and the Israeli Chemical Society.
In 1996, after completing his PhD, Leeor joined the Israel Defense Forces for mandatory military service.
In parallel he continued his academic work as a research associate at Tel-Aviv University’s Department of Physical Electronics, where he worked on optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, and as a scientific consultant to the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he worked on advanced solar cell materials.

Prof. Kronik holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering and a PhD in physical electronics, both from Tel-Aviv University. He is married with a child and resides in Rehovot, Israel.


ron naamanProf. Ron Naaman


Prof. Ron Naaman started his career at the Weizmann Institute studying reactions of van der Waals molecules, using various lasers for diagnosis.
He was in the group pioneering the Coulomb Explosion method for obtaining the structure of ions and small molecules.
In the course of this work he developed (together with Prof. Zeev Vager) the Microsphere plate as a device for amplifying electrons’ current. A company (El-Mul Ltd) was established for commercialization of the device.

For the last 15 years Prof. Naaman has been working on various aspects of the electronic properties of molecules. In the course of this work he developed with others (Prof. David Cahen and Prof. Avi Shanzer) the Molecular Controlled Semiconductor Resistor (MOCSER) as a new type of sensor. The MOCSER is currently employed as an asthma detection system in collaboration with Chiaro Ltd.
In the course of these studies Ron’s research group developed expertise in controlling the surface properties of metals and semiconductors using adsorbed organic layers, transferring information through supra-molecular structure and electron transmission through organic layers.
Prof. Naaman has published more than 140 scientific papers, has 10 patents in his name, and has instructed more than 15 graduate students. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
He spent two years at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow holding the Weizmann fellowship, and then a year at Harvard University as a lecturer.
Since 1981 he has been a faculty member at the Weizmann Institute, and he was the head of the Chemical Physics Department.

Prof. Naaman holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the Weizmann Institute (1978). He is married with four children and resides in Rehovot

Born: 1949



jhonProf. John Roulston


Prof. John Roulston was the Group CEO of Filtronic plc – The world leading in the design and manufacture of a broad range of customized RF, microwave and millimeter wave components and subsystems. His holds degrees in OBE, FREng, FIEE, FRSE, CEng, BSc, MSc, Deng (Hons). He has achieved a distinguished career in the aerospace industry, served for 15 years in board level positions with Bae Systems Avionics and its antecedent companies.

Prof. Roulston has been awarded the US Aerospace and Defense Technology laurel for excellence in electronics in 1999, and again in 2003. He is a fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is an Industrial Professor of Electronics at Edinburgh University.



JeffLProf. Jeff Levy


Prof. Levy holds a PhD degree in Physics from the Technion Institute of Technology and has completed courses from Stanford University in Machine Learning and Computer Science. He has vast experience in System Engineering, Electro-Optic and Physics. In his previous experience, he was the CTO of Compass-EOS company and is currently the Chief Technologist of GE Healthcare, combining his experience in process engineering, technology, electro-optics and software machine learning to research innovative solutions.


John ConnollyJohn Connolly


Mr. Connolly has over 37 years of Laser Design and Manufacturing Experience. His previous experience includes being the CEO of Princeton Lightwave, the Director of Sarnoff Lightwave Technology and Products Laboratory, and is currently the CEO and President of IPS – Innovative Photonic Solutions. Mr. Connolly holds a BSME degree from Rutgers University and a MS Metallurgical Engineering degree from Polytechnic University (NYU). Mr. Connolly has registered over 50 U.S Patents during his career.


Prof. Daniel Mandelik


Prof. Mandelik has over 18 years of experience in research & development, multidisciplinary management skills primarily in physics, optics and system control. Prof. Mandelik holds a PhD in Physics from the Weismann Institute of Science, specializing in non-linear Optics. He previously managed the Negevtech Pysics team, responsible for all Optical development and production support of wafer inspection systems and is currently a manager at Coloright.


TeraLab is Novatrans’ direct channel for academic institutions and research labs, providing the THz TeraSystem spectrometer system on as-is basis for research purposes. TeraLab offers high-power (with high SNR) and high-resolution, while still maintaining portability and outstanding cost-performance ratio. Together with its affordable price point, this makes TeraLab ideal for the requirements of academic institutions and research labs.


A third breakthrough generation in solid-state electronics; the first transistor device to capture the immense power that electrons can generate when moving freely through an obstacle-free path in space; a silicon chip containing nano-sized photo-vacuum tubes, in which the transfer of electrons across the device is accomplished in the shortest time physically possible and enables operation at Terahertz frequencies: The TeraChip is the power component that will drive our future decisively towards new-century applications.


A space not occupied; a void of air or matter in an enclosure; an emptiness waiting to be filled and exploited: his innovative approach to painting filled the vacuum that had been prevalent in the art community; the previously uncharted territory of Terahertz power: Novatrans has broken down the barricades of a region which had previously been like a vacuum on the electromagnetic scale, with its innovative, nano-sized photo-vacuum tubes.