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Duke University to develop IP on nanotubes to replace copper interconnects

07 November 2005 | By Syanne Olson | News > Wafer Processing

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Arrowhead Research Corp has said that it will work with Duke University and Dr. Jie Liu, a carbon nanotube expert, to bring to market technology that is under development at the University.

"There is a burning need in the semiconductor industry for a new material to replace copper interconnects. We believe the Duke team has a unique solution to this problem," said R. Bruce Stewart, Arrowhead's president. "Our intention is to fund development of a CMOS compatible process at Duke over the next two years, and then partner with device manufacturers to integrate carbon nanotube-based interconnects into their manufacturing processes."

According to Arrowhead, Dr Liu's approach to the integration of carbon nanotubes into silicon structures is completely different to more publicised work to date, that has prompted the IP company to fund the Duke University project to the tune of $680,000 US dollars over the next two years.

Arrowhead will have the exclusive right to license the resulting intellectual property and commercialize the process developed at Duke.

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