4/2/2014 2:52:07 PM
Times Union: New York 450mm program on pace, Cuomo says
The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that Nikon will start patterning 450mm wafers beginning in June for the Global 450 Consortium in Albany.
Nikon was brought into the G450C, located at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, last summer to supply a lithography device capable of handling 450mm wafers.
The lithography machine, used at the start of the computer chip manufacturing process, will initially be tested in Japan and then sent to the NanoCollege in 2015.
Computer chip manufacturers currently only use silicon wafers as large as 300mm, about 12 inches across, but the industry has sought to jump to 450mm wafers to cut costs that will occur with more complex transistor shrinking. Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought together five of the world’s largest chip companies to work on 450mm development at the NanoCollege.