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Posted: November 6, 2007
Companies In Germany Launch Cooperation Within Joint 'Nanoanalysis' Project
(Nanowerk News) The companies AMD, Carl Zeiss SMT and Qimonda are launching a cooperation within the framework of the joint "Nanoanalysis" project which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a sum of 12 million euros. The partners are working together on new analytical and characterization methods required for the development of the next chip generation. This strengthens the competency of the Dresden microelectronics site, particularly in the fields of semiconductor analysis and metrology.
As announced today by Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Head of the BMBF Department "Key Technologies - Research for Innovations", the strategic setup and expansion of microelectronics competency centers is an important goal of the BMBF IKT2020 program. "Only by setting targeted priorities in research funding will we succeed in maintaining Dresden's leading role in high-tech chip production and in further expanding it through such innovative approaches as here in the field of nanoanalysis."
The newly founded "Carl Zeiss Innovation Center Dresden" is an important module within the joint "Nanoanalysis" project. Here, ultrahigh resolution particle beam systems are being installed which use electron and ion beams instead of light. These systems enable the imaging, analysis and processing of specimens down to the level of individual atoms. In this way, they are playing a decisive role in the characterization of three-dimensional semiconductor structures and in the development of new materials for chip fabrication. "With its Innovation Center, Carl Zeiss SMT is becoming involved in 'Silicon Saxony', Europe's leading microelectronics cluster. Not only is the cluster being strengthened in its function as a research location, but the ongoing development of the local semiconductor industry is also being promoted", explains Dr. Dirk Stenkamp, Member of the Carl Zeiss SMT Board of Management.
"As a manufacturer of innovative microprocessors, we are faced with the challenge of producing increasingly complex structures with smaller and smaller dimensions and with maximum yield", says Dr. Udo Nothelfer, Vice President AMD Fab 36. "Therefore, process control at an atomic level plays a key role. Through our joint work in the Carl Zeiss Innovation Center Dresden, we have access to leading edge electron and ion microscopes and believe we can therefore further accelerate the introduction of new technologies. The experience gained in industrial utilization may be incorporated at an early stage in the development of future analytical systems."
"With the structure dimensions now achieved, current storage cells can only be seen under the electron microscope", says Frank Prein, Managing Director Qimonda Dresden and Senior Vice President Technology Qimonda. "Only through the consistent enhancement of the analytical and measuring methods will it be possible to master the future challenges posed by the development and production of state-of-the-art storage technologies. Through the diversified integration of research partners, Qimonda will use the excellence of the research location for its technology competency center in Dresden within the framework of the joint 'Nanoanalysis' project and expand and strengthen its scientific network."
In addition to the cooperation partners AMD and Qimonda, the "Carl Zeiss Innovation Center Dresden" is available to all interested firms and institutes in the Dresden area. In particular, all partners of "Silicon Saxony", e.g. the Dresden Technical University or the Fraunhofer Center Nanoelectronic Technologies CNT, can resolve application problems in the field of nanotechnology.
Carl Zeiss SMT AG
Carl Zeiss SMT utilizes its globally leading know-how in light, electron and ion-optical technologies to offer its customers in the manufacturing industry and R&D a broad portfolio of products, services and application solutions. The market-leading systems and solutions from Carl Zeiss SMT are used in mutually strengthening fields of application in nanotechnology such as semiconductor technology, materials research and the life sciences. The global customer community is constantly growing. As the innovation leader for lithography optics, as well as optical and particle-beam based inspection, analysis and measuring systems, Carl Zeiss SMT opens up new avenues for its customers in industrial manufacturing environments, quality assurance and industrial and university R&D. Together with its subsidiaries in Germany, England, France and the USA, the international group of companies has approximately 2,400 employees. In fiscal year 2005/06, Carl Zeiss SMT AG generated revenues of over EUR 860 billion. Carl Zeiss SMT AG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG.
Further information: www.smt.zeiss.com
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide. For more information visit www.amd.com.
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Qimonda AG (NYSE: QI) is a leading global memory supplier with a broad diversified DRAM product portfolio. The company generated net sales of EUR 3.81 billion in its 2006 financial year and has approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. Qimonda has access to five 300mm manufacturing sites on three continents and operates six major R&D facilities. The company provides DRAM products for a wide variety of applications, including in the computing, infrastructure, graphics, mobile and consumer areas, using its power saving technologies and designs. Further information is available at www.qimonda.com.
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