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Major US Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer Engages with ANFF - ACT Node

June 2012

A leading US semiconductor equipment manufacturer has engaged with the Australian National University and the ANFF for advanced technology research and development. Department of Electronic Materials Engineering researchers at the ANU School of Physics & Engineering and ANFF staff have partnered with a multi-billion dollar leader in semiconductor equipment manufacture, Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), to help develop a new generation of non-volatile memory devices for portable electronics. The project is being funded through an ARC Industry Linkage grant with Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates who were acquired by Applied Materials in November 2011.

Professor Robert Elliman, Principal Investigator on the project from the ANU, said: "Specifically the project aims to develop techniques for improving the reliability and endurance of a new class of non-volatile memory called resistive random access memory (ReRAM). These have the potential to provide smaller, faster, and more energy efficient memory that is essential for next-generation portable electronic devices. The Linkage grant with Applied Materials/Varian is turning out to be very successful and may lead to further engagement with the company. The ANFF facilities and expertise have, and will continue to play a critical role in this work."

Applied Materials, Inc. is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semi-conductor devices, flat panel displays and solar photovoltaic products. The interaction with Applied Materials provides an important opportunity for Australian scientists and engineers to work at the forefront of semiconductor research, and to showcase Australian expertise and knowhow.

Ion implanter at ANU, a key ANFF ACT Node facility used in developing next-generation memory devices.