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The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany today announced the introduction of an innovative 28nm technology platform to build fully-enabled, industry-compatible integrated devices at the NanoCollege, further expanding the most advanced nanoelectronics research and development (R&D) capabilities at any university or industry consortium in the world.
The UAlbany NanoCollege has acquired from IBM the rights to low power, 28nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) bulk CMOS technology expected to be deployed at CNSE's world-class Albany NanoTech Complex this year. The presence of these innovative capabilities will provide new technology resources for existing global collaboration partners, and offer opportunities to attract new companies to the nanotech research being done at CNSE, where a 65nm R&D process line is already successfully installed.
HKMG technology is seen as a key enabler for scaling of advanced CMOS technologies and devices, offering improved performance and reduced power consumption. These advantages will help accelerate commercialization of nanoelectronics innovations for a host of products and sectors utilizing advanced silicon technology driving exciting next-generation applications in computation, communication, health care, energy and other critical areas.
"The addition of IBM's 28nm platform provides the UAlbany NanoCollege with enhanced capabilities to support and enable novel technology solutions that target the critical challenges facing industry," said Richard Brilla, CNSE Vice President for Strategy, Alliances and Consortia. "We look forward to utilizing these advanced resources to drive innovative technologies while continuing to build a world-class ecosystem for research, development and commercialization."
"IBM is enabling CNSE to offer advanced research capability by licensing our state-of-the-art 28nm technology," said Paul Farrar, Vice President, IBM Microelectronics. "High-k metal gate is the fundamental game changer in CMOS technology needed for advanced research."
The enhanced performance and reduced power consumption using HKMG technology for 28nm circuits have been significant as compared to previous technology generations, with performance improvements of 40 percent and power reduction of 30 percent over 45nm technology circuits.
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With over $7 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site, from companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. An expansion currently in the planning stages is projected to increase the size of CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex to over 1,250,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure housing over 105,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms and more than 3,750 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations.
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