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4/2/2012 9:22:11 AM

Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design: Looking for an R&D Home

Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design

When Robert Preisser was looking for a place to set up an R&D center for the German chemical company he works for, he looked at Imec (Leuven, Belgium) and Leti (Grenoble) in Europe, Albany Nanotech in New York, and the Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore.

Preisser had spent 20 years with IBM in the United States and Germany, most notably working at the IBM-Siemens joint research project for 64-Mbit DRAM development in New York. After IBM shut down its DRAM fab in Sindelfingen, Germany, Preisser took up IBM Germany’s retirement offer and got into the chemical industry. He is now vice president of semiconductor technology at the chemical firm Atotech, a subsidiary of the much larger Total oil, gas, and chemical conglomerate.

Preisser’s mission back in 2007 was to develop semiconductor-use chemicals for copper electroplating. (Atotech, according to its Web site, had absorbed Schering Electroplating, “having a deep history in electroplating dating back to 1920.”)

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