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Nanotech center set in Albany

Posted by inet - 2006-01-05

SAN JOSE, Calif. — More details were disclosed on Tuesday (Jan. 2) about the formation of two U.S. nanotechnology centers, especially the one in New York.

As reported last month, seeking to accelerate nanoelectronics research in the United States, a consortium of companies announced its first research grants under the Semiconductor Industry Association's new Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI).

The grants will fund the creation of two new university-based nanoelectronics research centers — one in California and the other in New York. The first new research center is called the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN), which will be headquartered at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

On Tuesday, more details surfaced about the center in New York. That center, dubbed the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX), will be located at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at the University at Albany.

Some $435 million in funding will be allocated for the nanotechnology center in New York. As part of this effort, a new, 250,000-square-foot building will be constructed, which will include a new 100,000-square-foot of clean-room space.

It will focus on research in the field of nanotechnology, including the development of nanomaterials, fabrication technologies, nanochip designs, and architectural integration schemes for realizing the computer nanochip designs of the future.

The new INDEX center, under the leadership of University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, will partner with Harvard University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

It will also have on-site corporate researchers from leading semiconductor companies such as Intel, Micron, AMD, IBM, Texas Instruments, and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Total public and private funding for the project will reach $435 million, with New York State committing $80 million in matching funds to help INDEX.

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