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Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (CENN)
New York State has provided unprecedented support for high technology development over the last several years. Over $1.4 billion has been committed by the state and its industrial partners to establish five Centers of Excellence in nanoelectronics, photonics, bioinformatics, information technology and environmental systems. Combined, these distributed technology deployment centers represent a comprehensive and integrated nanotechnology commercialization powerhouse.
The Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (CENN) at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is a fully-integrated technology deployment, product prototyping, manufacturing support, and workforce training resource for emerging generations of integrated circuitry (IC). Its targeted portfolio of nanoelectronics-based products ranges from emerging microprocessor and memory computer chips with higher functionality and complexity, to the rapidly evolving areas of micro- and nanosystem based "systems-on-a-chip" (SOC) technologies, including biochips, optoelectronics and photonics devices, and nanosensors for the energy and the environment.
The overarching goal of the CENN is to act as a world class center for pre-competitive and competitive technology deployment, quick turn-around prototyping, and workforce training and development using universal 200mm and 300mm wafer platforms. Its aim is to assemble the critical mass necessary for the creation of vertically and horizontally integrated industry-university consortia and public-private partnerships to convert long-term prospective innovations into real business opportunities and revenue-generating ventures, within a technically aggressive and economically competitive technology development and deployment environment. In addition, the CENN implements innovative real-time educational programs to train a critical pool of highly qualified scientists, engineers, and technicians to support the needs of the nanoelectronics industry in the 21st century.
To achieve the technical and economic goals of the CENN, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany, in partnership with the State of New York and the private sector, has established a critical mass of integrated 200mm/300mm wafer research and development facilities. These facilities offer a state-of-the-art "quick-turn-around" and prototyping infrastructure to permit companies to perform, in close collaboration with CNSE's researchers and scientists, the increasingly difficult "proof-of-concept" and first stage fabrication runs using industry compliant wafers and processes. This capability thus ensures that nanotechnologies developed at CNSE are manufacturing worthy and cost-effective, and guarantees a seamless transition to the high-volume industrial manufacturing stage after the necessary and difficult demonstration of feasibility stage.