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Keithley Instruments Announces Nanotech Partnership with The SUNY-Albany Nanotech Center
Albany, NY - February 3, 2004 - Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement needs, today announced that it is partnering with the Albany NanoTech Center at the University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY) to share research information and work together to further the understanding of nanotechnology and optoelectronics technologies. Keithley will provide the Albany NanoTech Center with a state-of-the-art semiconductor device characterization system. Keithley technology, known for its unique capabilities in extremely precise, low-level electrical measurements, is particularly well suited for making measurements on nanoscale devices.
"The addition of this test equipment will have a great impact on several research programs being undertaken at Albany NanoTech, ranging from development of electronic devices based on carbon nanotubes to molecular electronics and spintronics to development of Gallium-Arsenide-based and Gallium-Nitride-based optoelectronic devices, namely photo detectors, light emitting diodes, and vertical cavity surface emitting and edge emitting lasers," said Dr. Fatemeh (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik, Assistant Professor and Scientist at the School of NanoSciences and NanoEngineering.
"Keithley expects to learn much from our information exchange with Albany NanoTech that we will be able to apply to the future products we create for the nanotechnology industry," says Mark Hoersten, Keithley Vice President, Business Management. "Our industry's collective ability to solve the complexities of making accurate connections and measurements at the nano level will play a significant role in determining how rapidly these exciting innovations move into full-scale production. What we learn in partnerships with Albany NanoTech and other leaders in this field are critically important windows into the needs of our customers."
Electronic nanodevices are extraordinarily small and typically produce tiny signals. Measuring these signals accurately demands very sensitive instruments. The equipment that the Albany Nanotech Center will be using from Keithley, the Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System, offers sub-femtoamp (10-15) current measurement resolution. The Model 4200-SCS is being used in nanotech research facilities around the world, because of its ability to make extremely sensitive measurements, open architecture, and ease of use, making it well suited for applications such as current-voltage characterization of carbon nanotube electronics, molecular electronics, optoelectronics, and materials research.
Albany NanoTech is a fully-integrated research, development, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and education resource managing a strategic portfolio of state-of-the-art laboratories, supercomputer and shared-user facilities and an array of research centers located at the University at Albany-SUNY. It is also the home of one of the first colleges to offer a degree in nanotechnology, and of International SEMATECH NORTH, the next-generation 300mm R&D center of International SEMATECH (ISMT), the 12-member global consortium of major computer chip manufacturers.
With more than 50 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems from DC to RF (radio frequency) geared to the specialized needs of electronics manufacturers for high performance production testing, process monitoring, product development, and research. By building upon our strength in electrical measurement solutions for research, Keithley has become a production test technology leader for the semiconductor, wireless, optoelectronics, and other precision electronics segments of the worldwide electronics industry. The value we provide to our customers is a combination of precision measurement technology and a rich understanding of their applications, which enables them to improve the quality, throughput, and yield of their products.
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