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IEEE Completes Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap

April 27, 2007

Roadmap for emerging nanoelectronic applications establishes a framework for creating standards to help nanotechnology's transition from the lab to the market.


PISCATAWAY, NJ--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The IEEE has completed its Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap(NESR), which establishes a framework for creating standards to help industry transition electronic applications based on nanotechnology from the laboratory to commercial use. The nanotech community can review and comment on the document either by e-mail or at a "town-hall"-style meeting on 22 May at the NSTI Nanotech 2007 Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

The IEEE Nanoelectronic Standards Roadmapping Initiative, which began in early 2003, is co-chaired by Evelyn Hirt of Battelle and John Tucker of Keithley Instruments. Its members come from industry, government and academia and from many nations. The roadmap focuses on standards for nanomaterials and devices that promise to yield the highest value in the near-term. It also anticipates standards likely to be needed at higher levels of integration for functional blocks and applications.

In 2007, the roadmap recommends the initiation of five nanoelectronic standards: three for nanomaterials involving conductive interconnects, organic sensor structures and nano-dispersions and two for nano-devices involving nanoscale sensors and nanoscale emitting devices. It also targets the start of seven nanomaterial standards and five nano-device standards in 2008.

"The many individuals who worked on the roadmap have created a rational path for managing the development of nanoelectronic standards," says Edward Rashba, Director, New Business Ventures. "Their vision will help industry realize the potential for nano-enabled electronic products in such fields as communications, information technology, biotechnology and optoelectronics.

"The standards identified in the roadmap are intended to foster industry's growth by enabling researchers to build on each other's findings, harmonize best practices, and support manufacturers across the value chain from materials, processing and test equipment to subsystems and systems."

Feedback on the Roadmap
The town hall meeting on the roadmap at the NSTI Nanotech Conference will start with a roundtable discussion by experts from industry, academia and government. The roundtable will be led by the NESR co-chairs John Tucker and Evelyn Hirt, and will include Meyya Meyyappan, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology at the NASA Ames Research Center, Alan K. Allan, Staff Engineer for Intel Technology Manufacturing Group (TMG) External Programs to support the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), Paul Brazis, Senior Staff Electrical Engineer at Motorola Labs, Brent M. Segal, Co-founder and part-time Chief Operating Officer of Nantero and. Alan Rae, VP Market & Business Development, Nanodynamics.

The discussion after the roundtable will seek input on the roadmap from those present. Topics to be discussed include how well the roadmap anticipates the nanoelectronics environment expected in coming years, other areas it should include, and how the document can be made more useful.

"If the industry concurs with the choice of the five nanoelectronic standards the roadmap targets to start in 2007, we'll begin work on them this summer or fall," says Rashba. "These standards will build on the nanoelectronic standards efforts already underway or completed at the IEEE."

One IEEE nanoelectronics standard, IEEE 1650, "Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes", has been completed. This document, the first of its kind, provides a common template for generating reproducible electrical data on nanotubes. Organizations worldwide have aligned their characterization methods with it. A second standard, IEEE P1690, "Standard Methods for Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes Used as Additives in Bulk Materials" is underway.

To view and download the Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap and for information on the 22 May town hall meeting, click here.

For additional information on the IEEE Nanoelectronic Standards Roadmapping Initiative, contact Cherry Tom at c.tom@ieee.org, (732) 465-5848.

About the IEEE Standards Association
The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body, develops consensus standards through an open process that brings diverse parts of an industry together. These standards set specifications and procedures based on current scientific consensus. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 completed standards and more than 400 standards in development. For information on IEEE-SA visit its Web site.

About the IEEE
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) is the world's largest technical professional society. Through its more than 370,000 members in 160 countries, the organization is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed nearly 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or co-sponsors over 450 international technical conferences each year. Additional information about the IEEE can be found at its Web site.


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