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University of Virginia and partners open nanoelectronics center

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The University of Virginia, in partnership with the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University, has launched the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center, or ViNC, to do research for the development of next-generation electronics.

The aim is to produce faster, smaller and more affordable computer applications in everything from mobile devices and computers to automobiles and energy-efficient homes.

“This is a fantastic example of the kind of R&D partnership that will help propel Virginia to the forefront of the innovation economy,” Jim Duffey, Virginia’s secretary of technology, said in a statement.

The center plans to bring together world-class researchers to explore and develop advanced materials, novel devices and circuits at nanoscale dimensions. It will operate under the auspices of the U.Va. Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research. The university partners have worked closely with Micron Technology Inc., owner of a memory chip manufacturing facility in Manassas, to launch the new center.“The formation of ViNC underscores the long-term research partnership that Micron has enjoyed with the University of Virginia,” said Scott DeBoer, Micron’s vice president of process research and development.

The center is getting its start with grants from the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative and the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium and matching funds from the three participating universities, for a total of nearly $1.7 million over two years. The center’s projects are also funded by the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

“ViNC is a superb example of what can be achieved when the University of Virginia collaborates with our higher-education, industry and government partners,” said Tom Skalak, U.Va.’s vice president for research. “This center demonstrates our capacity to develop technologies that drive global markets and to establish Virginia as a key destination for technology innovation.”


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