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Times Union: NanoCollege gains a key tech partner

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Nikon Corp.'s move likely to boost G450 effort and create jobs


Albany

Japanese electronics giant Nikon Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to bring its next-generation technology to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, a move that could create 100 new jobs and attract $350 million in private investment.

Nikon's move is expected to help accelerate work now under way at the college's $4.8 billion Global 450 Consortium. The state-led group, which includes companies such as IBM Corp. and Intel Corp., is driving the computer chip industry's switch to larger, 450-millimeter silicon wafers for manufacturing.

Nikon makes optical equipment that etches patterns onto wafers which make up the circuitry designs of individual chips in a process called lithography.

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