July 01, 2013
By: Haley Viccaro
Source: The Business Review
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is expected to house
150 new high-tech jobs through a recently announced branch of the
college's 450mm computer chip manufacturing site.
facility companies are investing more than $5 million and creating jobs
at the nanocollege’s Global 450 Consortium to form the Facility 450
Consortium, which will focus on facility design and development.
of the gaps we always saw was that the facility side tends to get
pushed off toward the end,” said Allen Ware, program executive for the
F450C. “We thought we could engage with the owners and tool vendors
early on to come up with better ways to address some of the challenges
they are going to have.”
The companies that will make up
the new F450C are Air Liquide, CH2M HILL, CS Clean Systems, Ceres
Technologies, Edwards, Haws Corp., Mega Fluid Systems, M+W Group, Ovivo
The nanocollege’s G450C building, dubbed NanoFab
Xtension, houses leading computer chip companies that have teamed up to
develop the next generation of computer chips on 450mm silicon discs
The current industry standard for silicon wafers is
300mm. The transition to 450mm will allow more computer chips to be
etched on each wafer, ultimately reducing production costs.
goal of the F450C is for member companies to collaborate and identify
ways for 450mm facility construction to reduce installation times and
costs. The work would go toward the building of future 450mm factories
globally, Ware said.
“We know there is going to be challenges with
power, gases and the base costs of 450 facilities compared to 300
facilities,” he said. “When NFX was designed it was based on the best
estimates on weights, vibrations and power consumption.”
building will allow member companies to learn how much power and what
new gases would be required for 450mm facilities, Ware said. As computer
chip manufacturing tools are installed into the new site, M+W group is
hooking up devices to measure the draw on power and exhaust.
new consortium was announced following M+W Group’s selection to support
the research and development of new infrastructure for next-generation
computer chip facilities.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially announced
the $4.8 billion G450C in September 2011. The consortium consists of a
partnership between the nanocollege and Intel Corp., IBM,
GlobalFoundries, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. and Samsung.
Nanocollege and its corporate partners will highlight the progress made
with the G450C and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium at this year’s
SEMICON West and Intersolar North America conferences.
faculty and researchers will participate in presentations and workshops
during SEMICON West to provide updates on their progress and
advancements with the 450mm technology.