The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based company makes radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip tags and readers that scan the data stored on those chips from dozens of feet away. Its claim to fame is fluidic self-assembly, a futuristic manufacturing method developed by UC Berkeley's John S. Smith, who founded Alien in 1994.
Alien's factories in Fargo, N.D, and San Jose have machines that take the tiny RFID chips and put them into a river of goo. The goo has chemicals that make the chips align themselves into little packages where they can be sealed and attached to a radio antenna. (If you don't like my technical description of goo, there's more information here. Basically, the chips flow through a river until they settle into little receptor slots on a piece of film. Then they're sealed and tethered to an antenna).
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Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Business Development
Vice President of World Wide Marketing and Sales
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing
Senior VP & Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Technology Officer, Founder
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18220 Butterfield Blvd.
Morgan Hill, CA 95037