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An Inside Look at the World’s Newest Quantum Computing and Nanotechnology Center

Inside this lab, your mobile phone doesn’t work. You don’t feel any outside noise or vibrations, even if a freight train passes just a few feet away. You need three months of training before they’ll let you into the nanotech clean room where molecular assembly happens.
I’m in the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Ontario, which just added a new 283,000-square foot, $160 million research facility to its existing two buildings.
“We work on the science of the small,” executive-in-residence Rob Crow says. “We sit at the junction of pure research and technological innovation.”

The new facility, which will accommodate some of the Institute’s current 200 researchers as well as provide space for an additional 200 over the next year or so, took seven years to build, mostly because it needs to be completely insulated from outside radiation, vibration, and contamination…

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SEMICON 2011 San Francisco, California July 12-14, 2011

Semicon West 2011 is an exhibit and event show being held July 12-14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  The event being held at the Moscone Center features 15,000 exhibitors allowing visitors the opportunity to view the latest and greatest technologies involved in semiconductors, printed and flexible electronics, lighting and solar power. The Global Society for Contamination Control (GSFCC) will be one of those featured exhibitors, located at the North Hall of Moscone Center at booth N4. Semicon has been known in the past to be a relatively expensive event to attend, but Semicon West 2011 will feature 140 speakers with around 50 hours of free speaking.  One of these events those in the industry are excited about is the 450mm Wafer Transition Forum.

This forum will host Paolo Gargini, the chairman of International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), along with many others to discuss the industry-wide discussion about transitioning to a larger 450mm wafer.  The transition to a larger wafer is needed to follow Moore’s Law.  For those that are not familiar with Moore’s law a simple explanation of is that for every two years that pass, the number of transistors that can be inexpensively placed on an integrated circuit doubles.  The 450mm Wafer Transition Forum will be discussing all the information currently in the industry that pertains to the needs, processing, and the challenges involved with the 450mm wafer transition roadmap.

The 450mm Wafer Transition Forum is just one of many interesting events at Semicon West 2011 that will be discussing or revealing the new ideas, technologies, and directions of the industry.  For more information on Semicon West 2011 click here, and click here for the full list events.

Interview With ETH Professor Christofer Hierold About Nanotechnology

Prof. Hierold - Photo: Philippe Neidhart/ETH Zurich

Photo: Philippe Neidhart/ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich Professor Christofer Hierold researches and works with nanotechnology.  ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, conducted an interview with Professor Heirold to discuss the structures, materials and applications of nanotechnology.  Professor Heirold talks about his fascination with nanotechnology, how their specific work in their cleanroom would be hazardous if they did not take proper steps to protect themselves with masks, gloves, etc., and how technology has almost unlimited possibilities.  Click here to read the full interview.

Nanotechnology Degree Programs are Available Due to More and More Companies Utilizing Nanotechnology for Products

More and more universities around the world are starting to offer a degree in nanotechnology.  The increase in companies that utilize nanotechnology to create products, such as pharmaceutical or electronic companies, has brought about awareness of the need for more nanotechnology educational programs.  Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana has decided to create a nanotechnology program for students.  Ivy Tech is developing the two year program to prepare students for any technical career that utilizes nanotechnology, such as cleanroom equipment operators or technicians. Click here to read the full article about South Bends developing nanotechnology program.

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