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No Small Feat: Albany NanoCollege Joins Elite IBM Pre-TO Alliance
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February 01, 2013

No Small Feat: Albany NanoCollege Joins Elite IBM Pre-TO Alliance

By Cheryl Kaften
TMCnet Contributor

Further reinforcing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategy to establish the Empire State as the global hub for next-generation nanotechnology research, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany has been selected to join IBM’s (News - Alert) “Pre-T0” Joint Development Alliance.

“Pre-T0” is a term coined by IBM that refers to the point of transfer of innovation into actual computer chip prototyping and commercialization. The alliance seeks to develop advanced nanoelectronics processes and devices to support applications ranging from laptops and smart phones to home appliances, advanced sensors, and energy-efficient computer servers.

“This new alliance between IBM and CNSE strongly supports our strategy of expanding university-industry partnerships to drive innovation and economic development across New York,” said Cuomo. “Because of the pioneering work of the NanoCollege, New York has fast become the global center for nanotechnology research and advanced manufacturing—drawing leading international semiconductor companies, thousands of good paying jobs and billions in private investment.”

CNSE is the first and only university to join the elite alliance—a testimony to the worldwide recognition that the college has received as an innovation and education engine in the science and engineering of nanotechnology and nanoelectronics. Other members of Pre-TO include Abu Dhabi-based computer chip manufacturer Global Foundries, South Korean consumer electronics conglomerate Samsung, Japan-based semiconductor solutions supplier Renesas, and Switzerland-based STMicroelectronics (News - Alert).

 “In an increasingly competitive global marketplace that demands an open and collaborative model to drive innovation, IBM’s partnership with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has played a critical role in enabling advanced nanoscale technologies,” said Dr. John E. Kelly, senior vice president and director of IBM Research, adding, “Harnessing CNSE’s intellectual assets and technological resources will further strengthen the alliance and serve to accelerate its efforts to push the boundaries of leading-edge discovery and technology commercialization, leading to further economic benefits and job creation in New York.”As a full participating member in IBM’s Pre-T0 Joint Development Alliance, CNSE researchers and engineers will collaborate with IBM and its alliance partners on the development of advanced nanoelectronics processes and devices at the 22 nanometer and 14 nanometer computer chip nodes, and beyond.  Access to this shared platform will support CNSE’s engagements with New York high-tech businesses in enabling a variety of leading-edge applications and industries, as well as CNSE’s proprietary research projects.

“In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pioneering leadership and strategic investments that are fueling New York’s global recognition as the epicenter of nanotechnology innovation, CNSE is pleased to build on its research capabilities as the newest member of IBM’s Pre-TO Joint Development Alliance,” said Alain E. Kaloyeros, CNSE senior vice president and CEO. “Working closely with industry leader IBM and its alliance partners, particularly Global Foundries, we look forward to enabling new innovations while driving nanoelectronics advances that are critical to supporting the needs of industry amid the technological revolution of the 21st century.” 

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. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations—including IBM, Intel, Global Foundries, Sematech, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba (News - Alert), Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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