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ON Semi opens lab in Czech Republic with Masaryk Uni

Posted: 20 Apr 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microelectronics  clean room laboratory  silicon R&D 

ON Semiconductor and Masaryk University opened a new laboratory for academic education and both silicon technology and microelectronics research in Czech Republic.

Located on the historic university campus, the newly constructed 120sqm laboratory will be used to educate students of physics and microelectronics in a high tech, clean room environment. These dust-free environments are required for the development and manufacture of contamination sensitive silicon-based components. The new lab will perform basic silicon R&D and may also be utilised to support the needs of other advanced technology industries.

Masaryk University invested approximately Rs.4.18 crore ($950,000) in the construction of the laboratory while ON Semi funded an additional Rs.1.01 crore ($230,000). The company provided guidance during the design and construction of the clean rooms and managed both tool set installation and start-up. University teams, on the other hand, have taken dedicated training in Roznov to operate the lab and share semiconductor technology expertise. ON Semi specialists also contributed to the design of the new clean room training curriculum.

"This is the first clean room laboratory of its kind for students in the Czech Republic," said Michael Mandracchia, vice president and general manager of ON Semiconductor Czech Republic and Slovakia. "Clean rooms, and the technology and equipment they house, have become a worldwide standard for companies focused on semiconductors, electronics, optics and pharmacy. Providing university students a hands-on experience in a working clean room, will better prepare them for a career in technology and nurture local expertise to support the growing technology industry in the Czech Republic."

This joint laboratory project is part of a long-term cooperative effort between the university's faculty of Condensed Matter Physics and ON Semi, in the field of research of silicon as a basic element in microelectronics. As part of its ongoing support, ON Semiconductor staff regularly participates in semiconductor microelectronics lectures for Masaryk University students of physics, and the company provides grants for pre- and post graduate students.

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