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  • Honeywell to Invest in Nanotech
Jul 2005
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 11 -- Honeywell announced today it will invest at least $5 million over five years in equipment and research at Albany NanoTech, a New York State center for nanotechnology. Honeywell will locate laboratories and researchers at the center to work on next-generation materials for the semiconductor industry.

The company will focus on developing metal precursors and other materials related to atomic layer deposition (ALD), a semiconductor manufacturing technique that deposits a single layer on a chip that is only one atom or one molecule thick. ALD technology is essential as chips become increasingly smaller. Honeywell said it will also concentrate its efforts on next-generation high-k dielectrics.

Saket Chadda, CTO of Honeywell Electronic Materials, said, "This investment will allow us to continue to develop new materials critical to continuing the relentless pace of circuit miniaturization."

Honeywell Electronic Materials develops technology in dielectrics, metals, interconnect packaging solutions, optoelectronic materials and electronic chemicals.

Albany NanoTech is a research, development and prototyping pilot manufacturing and education resource that manages laboratories, supercomputer and shared-user facilities and a variety of research centers located at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Its first research center, the New York State Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology, was established in 1993. The center is also home to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics. The complex houses the only user-shared, 228,000-square-foot, 300-mm wafer class 1 facility in the world and encompasses nanoelectronics, system-on-a-chip technologies, biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, closed-loop sensors and ultrahigh-speed communication components.

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The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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