October 19, 2012
M+W joins Global 450 Consortium at CNSE to focus on facilities
By: Richard A. D'Errico
Source: The Business Review
M+W Group, one of the largest builders of computer chip-manufacturing
plants, has been picked to join the Global 450 Consortium based at the
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).
consortium is focused on developing technology to transition computer
chip manufacturing from 300 millimeter wafers to 450 millimeter wafers.
Its members include GlobalFoundries, Intel, Samsung, Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. and IBM.
M+W Group was selected
by CNSE to head a segment focusing on new facility and infrastructure
technologies and managing building and facility suppliers who are
members of the organization.
Rick Whitney, who heads M+W U.S.,
which is based in Watervliet, New York, said his company’s role in the
consortium will be to support whatever processes the chip designers
develop to reach the 450 mm goal.
M+W and other partners will play a role in overcoming challenges posed by building chips on the larger wafers.
said another important issue his group will focus on is developing
solutions that will lead to reducing energy and water use and minimizing
waste at the plants.
“What we will do is build a group of
associate members that will collaborate to find the technological
solution for that 450 manufacturing node,” Whitney said. “We’re in the
leadership position to pull all this together, and over the next several
years to work with manufacturers and equipment suppliers to ensure the
450 environment is workable.”
Whitney said M+W was in a
leadership position when the industry transitioned from 200 mm to 300 mm
wafers and said leading a group within the Global 450 Consortium will
help it remain a leader in the next transition.
"Our goal is to remain the premier and preeminent designer/builder,” he said.
Global 450 Consortium’s headquarters and core operations are located at
the nanocollege’s Albany NanoTech Complex. The consortium will be
housed in the new NanoFab Xtension building, which is under construction
and expected to be completed by the end of the year.