July 09, 2014

New research center coming to Albany Nanotech complex

By: Keshia Clukey

Source: The Business Review

Sematech and the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering/SUNY Institute of Technology, have announced the creation of the Chemical Mechanical Planarizaton Center, based at the Albany, New York Nanotech complex.

The center aims to accelerate the development of next generation chemical mechanical technology and to improve the yield and lower production costs of the processes, according to a news release.

Sematech is a global research consortium headquartered in Albany. The research and manufacturing organization's members include the world's largest computer chip makers and suppliers.

Chemical mechanical planarization is a polishing process used to remove unwanted materials from silicon wafers, the discs on which computer chips are etched.

The new center will serve as a technology test hub, enabling participating companies to develop, demonstrate, integrate and qualify advanced technology for the chip manufacturing industry.

Earlier this year the State University of New York approved a merger between the nanocollege, in Albany and SUNYIT, in Utica-Rome, New York, separating the nanoschool from the University at Albany. The schools are all part of the State University of New York. The merger, expected to be complete by January 2015, is part of plans to develop a nanotechnology research hub in Utica.

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