The nano sciences, unlike Mork's universe, are not science fiction. The smaller the better is the mantra in the chip industry. At the Common Platform gathering this week, we were shown the benefits, and the challenges, of going smaller – 32/28nm is old school. The latest craze being developed is 20nm. And a New York college is in the thick of the R&D.
Albany University's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in nano-everything: science, engineering, bioscience and economics. The college is a hub for major companies who are all pursuing leading edge technological innovations and using the college's advanced $6.5 billion research facilities. The college exhibited at the event which was sponsored by IBM, Samsung and GlobalFoundries.
The facilities contain the only fully integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. On-site scientists, research teams, engineers, along with faculty and students, work side by side towards developing and commercializing new nanotechnologies.
Where the Boys Are was a movie and song made famous by Connie Frances in the 1960's. Today, where the boys are is engineering school, where, sadly, the girls aren't. That's right, female engineers are few and far between as demonstrated by the audience at the Common Platform event that concentrated on chip manufacturing and nanotechnology.
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