database offers IP
new database highlights opportunities to license Sandia National Laboratories
intellectual property. Intellectual Property Available for Licensing (iPAL)
is designed to show technologies from the lab that may not be fully utilized
in the commercial realm and to help companies move promising technologies
toward commercialization. The Web-based system allows customers to search
through Sandia IP that is available for licensing and get in touch with
the right people at the lab to negotiate a license. Sandia then works
with an interested company to come up with a mutually beneficial commercial
would expect corporate technology officers at private firms and technology
transfer agents at universities and other organizations to look at some
of the technologies we are offering and decide if they want to license
this IP from us," says Sandia's licensing and IP manager, Kevin McMahon.
The iPAL database offers a mechanism to determine if anyone is interested
in a specific technology, and if Sandia does not get any interest after
a period of time, a decision could be made to drop a technology from the
lab's portfolio. For more information about the database, log onto http://ipal.sandia.gov.
SEMI plan nano study
of the semiconductor manufacturing community's leading associations will
conduct a comprehensive research report on nanotechnology applications
in the global electronics industry. SIA and SEMI say the goal of the joint
study, Global Nanoelectronics Markets and Opportunities, is to
define emerging markets and offer a worldwide perspective of requirements
and prospects for companies in the industry. The report—based on
interviews with executives in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe, the
United States, and elsewhere—is scheduled for release in 3Q 2005.
report will contain a market forecast for nanotech equipment and materials,
divided by business segment. Market-size forecasts for 5, 10, and 15 years
will be based on expected scenarios of new technology penetration. The
study will identify the current and planned nanotech activities of semiconductor,
display, data storage, optoelectronics, MEMS, and sensor companies, with
definitions and examinations of various tool and materials process technologies,
requirements, and opportunities.
related news, SEMI named Lubab Sheet as its senior director of nanotechnology.
She will coordinate the association's global services in the nanotech
area, including standards development efforts and the NanoForum conference.
Sheet was SEMI's research development director before assuming her new
gets NSF grant
National Science Foundation has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) Phase II grant of $500,000 to Actinix for the design and construction
of an ultra-high-resolution, high-precision phase-shift metrology system
for advanced photomasks. The NSF Award Abstract states that "the goal
of this Phase II program is to integrate the actinic high-repetition-rate
laser built in Phase I into an interferometric laser microscope involving
the design, construction, and integration of a stable phase-shifting interferometer
and laser microscope." The abstract also calls for "the incorporation
and optimization of phase-shifting interferometry signal processing algorithms....
The Phase II high-precision metrology system will enable manufacturers
to characterize, predict, and control mask-loading effects and other repair
and process control issues essential to the reliable fabrication of phase-shifting
masks." The Soquel, CA–based company says the new integrated optical
system will be composed of an Actinix 5-kHz, solid-state 193-nm laser,
phase-shifting interferometer, and high-resolution laser microscope, incorporating
the requirements detailed in the NSF abstract.
scores VC monies
MEMS foundry Innovative Micro Technology plans to expand its facilities
and equipment suite with $17 million in institutional venture capital
that it raised recently. The 5-year-old company, which is ramping production
on several customer programs in its 0.35-µm-capable, 6-in. wafer
fab in Santa Barbara, CA, also will use the funds to expand its sales
and marketing efforts, especially in the area of new technology partnerships
with industry leaders. The funding round was led by Investor Growth Capital
(IGC), with BA Venture Partners and Miramar Venture Partners also participating.
In conjunction with the financing, IGC's Jose Suarez and BA's Eric Sigler
will join IMT's board, along with former Chartered Semiconductor president
and CEO Barry Waite, who is a senior adviser to IGC.
Global will hold its annual international wafer-cleaning symposium for
the first time since 2001. The company has scheduled the revived conference,
themed "Surface Preparation to the Forefront: Advanced Materials and Technologies
for 65 nm and Below," for June 7–9 at the Boise (ID) Center on the
Grove convention facility. The event will consist of some 20 technical
presentations, panel and roundtable discussions, a poster session, keynote
dinner, the annual Werner Kern Award, and recreational activities. The
official call for papers and registration information is available at
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