JSR Micro, Inc., the United States operations of JSR Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, announced that it has entered a joint research agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to explore new technologies for emerging semiconductor materials and processes.
“We have tremendous respect for the depth and breadth of IBM’s research capabilities,” said JSR Micro, Inc. President Eric Johnson. “We view this as a strategic extension of our research and development (R&D) program which will yield benefits for all of our customers.”
IBM and JSR will collaborate on a set of ambitious exploratory research projects that could impact or even enable future lithography technologies with breakthroughs in new materials. Advancements in lithography and self-assembly could lead to new developments in the computer chip industry – smaller, faster chips that consume less power than those created using conventional methods.
“Our joint research with JSR helps us do even more exploratory work at critical mass,” said Gian-Luca Bona, senior manager, Science & Technology, IBM Almaden Research Center. “This partnership combines the deep chemistry and materials science expertise of IBM Research and JSR’s record of innovation and technology impact in the electronic chemicals arena.”
JSR will have employees on site at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. The initial scope of work targets next generation lithography but also encompasses work outside of the traditional lithography space such as self assembly.
Last May, IBM announced the first-ever application of a breakthrough self-assembling nanotechnology to conventional chip manufacturing, borrowing a process from nature to build the next generation computer chips.
About JSR Corporation
Tokyo-based JSR Corporation is an innovative materials supplier for leading semiconductor companies. JSR Corporation advances industry efforts by developing superior semiconductor materials, including advanced photoresists, low k dielectrics, CMP consumables and packaging and assembly materials. JSR Corporation employs approximately 4,400 employees worldwide.
About JSR Micro, Inc.
A global supplier for leading semiconductor manufacturers, JSR Micro designs and produces advanced materials for the semiconductor industry, including high performance photoresists, immersion materials, CMP consumables, low-k dielectrics and packaging materials.
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