TX (1 June 2005) - Four up-and-coming high-tech companies
that started in Texas are getting technological and
financial boosts from the Advanced Materials Research
Center (AMRC), the joint advanced R&D effort
involving SEMATECH and Texas universities.
The AMRC beneficiaries include innovators in leading-edge
lithography, next-generation lighting, organic
RFID systems, optical interconnects, wireless
networks, and nanomaterials. Each is receiving
technology or support from the AMRC, which was
established in 2004 to develop new materials and nanostructures for semiconductors,
and to explore opportunities for nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other emerging
"One of our primary aims in forming the AMRC is to commercialize new technology
in ways that can benefit the people of Texas, by helping create the industries
and jobs of the future," said Sanjay Banerjee, technology coordinator for
the AMRC and a key educator in the College of Engineering at The University of
Texas at Austin. "Here, we have the first fruits of that effort - four
companies that are receiving significant knowledge or support for their commercially
Banerjee said these companies and their AMRC affiliations include:
* Molecular Imprints (MII), based in Austin and
employing about 90 people, is doing joint development
work with the AMRC. UT's Engineering College
also purchased one of MII's lithography tools.
MII provides enabling lithography systems for
manufacturing applications in nano devices, microstructures, advanced packaging,
bio devices, optical components and semiconductor devices. UT Engineering professors
Grant Willson and S.V. Sreenivasan initiated this technology.
* OrganicID, developing a low-cost, organic electronic
process technology designed to replace bar codes
with printable electronic radio-frequency (RF)
ID tags. (Silicon RFIDs cost up to $1 each, and
are too expensive for item-level tagging.) Associated
with Dr. Ananth Dodabalapur of UT's College of
Engineering, OrganicID maintains a technology
development center located at UT's Microelectronics
Research Center, one of the facilities making
up the AMRC.
* Austin-based Xidex Corporation, assisted by AMRC
funding and facilities, developed one of Texas'
first business applications of nanotechnology
for semiconductor production. The Xidex process
uses carbon nanotubes as surface sensors for
scanning probe microscopes, which can measure
the dimensions of extremely small features in
semiconductor devices. Dr. Keith Stevenson of
UT's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department collaborates
with Xidex on process development.
* Dallas-based Zyvex Corp., one of the world's first
molecular nanotechnology companies, is collaborating
with AMRC researchers and has teamed with the Texas
Workforce Commission on major workforce training in nanotech. Zyvex is assisting
TSTC in developing the "gold" standard for a nanotechnology curriculum
focused on advanced nanomanufacturing and an internship program that can be replicated
by other nanotechnology companies and community colleges across the State. SEMATECH
has been instrumental in creating a consortium of industry partners to accomplish
the goals for the Nanotechnology Workforce Development Initiative. Zyvex produces
R&D tools, nanomaterials, and assembled micromachines.
"With these early successes, the AMRC has done a commendable job in realizing
its mission to commercialize critical research in advanced technologies," said
Michael R. Polcari, SEMATECH President and CEO. "We look forward to the
continuation of these promising business collaborations, which we believe will
help create the technology clusters of industries and jobs that will benefit
Texans for generations to come."
About UT's College of Engineering:
The University of Texas College of Engineering ranks among the top ten engineering
schools in the United States. With the nation's third highest percentage
of faculty elected members of the National Academy of Engineering, the College's
6,500 students gain exposure to the nation's finest engineering practitioners.
Appropriately, the College's logo, an embellished
checkmark used by the first UT engineering dean
to denote high quality student work, is the nation's
oldest quality symbol. The College maintains a
web site at <http://www.engr.utexas.edu>.
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consortium that has effectively represented the
semiconductor manufacturing industry on innovation
issues since 1988. SEMATECH conducts state-of-the-art research, and is a
highly-regarded technology partner whose goal is to promote the interests
common to all chipmakers. It has extensive experience collaborating with
equipment and materials suppliers, as well as government and academic research
centers, to refine the tools and technology necessary to produce future generations
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