July 09, 2014
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.
mechanical planarization is a polishing process used to remove unwanted
materials from silicon wafers, the discs on which computer chips are
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.
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.