September 04, 2012
German tech firm to have presence at NanoCollege
By: Eric Anderson
Source: Times Union
Scientists, investment to mark tech company's arrival at NanoCollege
— A German manufacturer of advanced thin-film deposition equipment will
establish a research presence at the University at Albany's College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Singulus Technologies will
invest $12 million and bring at least 20 scientists and researchers,
along with advanced tools used in the fabrication of microprocessors, to
the Albany NanoTech complex on Fuller Road.
The company, based in
Germany's Bavaria region, joins businesses and organizations such as
IBM, Intel, Sematech, Samsung, Tokyo Electron and GlobalFoundries at the
Singulus is developing machines and processes
for use in the production of MRAM storage media, a magnetic storage
technology with high write and read speed, the company said.
Researchers say it has advantages over other types of computer memory, with its lower power consumption and denser storage.
Singulus officials believe a move to Albany will benefit further development of their technologies.
are very optimistic about the potential of know-how transfer for MRAM
storage media, and are excited to be developing processes for TMR
(tunnel magnetoresistance) materials with the College of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering, which is recognized around the world as the
global leader in innovation and commercialization of advanced
technology," said Wolfram Maass, managing director of the Singulus NDT
"The technology they bring will augment resources
that are already here," said Steve Janack, CNSE vice president for
marketing and communications.
Singulus will develop its
technologies on 300mm fabrication equipment, which is expected to
shorten the amount of time it takes to move from research and
development to production.
Meanwhile, construction on CNSE's newest
building, which will house the Global 450mm Consortium, is progressing,
with completion expected by the end of the year. The building will add
nearly 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global