August 29, 2006

$65M Tool Expected To Draw More Companies To UAlbany Nanocollege

By: by Richard A. D'Errico, The Business Review


The state University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has received a $65 million tool used to print circuits on wafers.

The tool, made by ASML, one of the tenants at the nanocollege's Albany NanoTech research complex, is the most expensive tool on site. ASML is headquartered in the Netherlands and is one of the leading tool suppliers to computer chip manufacturers. A team of nearly two dozen people were needed in delivering the tool that was being installed Monday.

The tool weighs about 44,000 pounds and traveled to the college via several 747s and was delivered to Albany NanoTech on seven flat-bed trucks.

The tool is expected to be used by several companies at the site, including IBM and ASML and could draw other companies and partnerships to the nanocollege.