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The Smallest Tech for the Empire State

The technology industry in the Empire state just got some big news, albeit on a smaller scale.

German chipmaker Infineon is joining semiconductor making equipment company Genus and New York's technology "Center of Excellence" in Albany to build next-generation memory devices at the nanoscale .

Infineon is a major player in the market for DRAM chips, but is also preparing for the day that DRAM devices are eclipsed by newer technologies, such as flash memory devices, or more efficient memory technologies that can handle greater amounts of memory, such as beyond 64 gigabits.

In announcing the partnership, Gov. George Pataki said the groups have signed a letter of intent to enter into the three-year, $12 million deal to build the memory systems.

In a statement about the launch, officials said researchers and engineers from Infineon, Genus, and Albany's nanotech research center would work jointly to develop and optimize atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes for both metal electrode and high-k dielectric materials for sub-45nm DRAM capacitors on a Genus StrataGem-300 300mm wafer bridge cluster tool.

The work would involve Genus's StrataGem-300 300mm wafer cluster tool platform, which, combined with the ALD process, could "provide a unique pathway for the successful development and manufacturing of reliable material systems for nanoscale device architectures."

Wilhelm Beinvogl, Ph.D, CTO of Infineon's Memory Products Division, called the development cooperation another milestone in advanced sub-micron DRAM technology.