Keithley and CNSI Announce Nanotechnology
Collaboration to promote rapid commercialization of discoveries in
Cleveland, Ohio – September 20, 2007 -
Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement needs,
today announced a new partnership with The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. The partnership
is designed to support research collaboration in the pursuit of nanotechnology and nanoscience
solutions for the semiconductor industry's next generation instrumentation and measurement
requirements. Keithley and the CNSI will share research information to further the understanding of
nanotechnology and nanoelectronic technologies.
Keithley will join the CNSI Partners Program at the
Associate Level. The CNSI Partners Program was designed to support the Institute's efforts to
cultivate collaborations with companies interested in supporting its mission to enable rapid
commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems. As a partner Keithley will work closely with CNSI
faculty members to advance important research initiatives. The company will also provide expert
technical support and expects to be instrumental in collaborative research.
A variety of Keithley instrumentation, such as the
Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System used in nanotech research facilities worldwide,
will be used for collaborative research in the WIN/FENA lab space at the CNSI facility.
"Keithley brings to our facility advanced measurement
capabilities that will help move our research forward," said Kang Wang, professor of Electrical
Engineering at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and Director of both WIN
and FENA Centers. "Its sensitive test technology is well suited for applications such as current
voltage characterization of carbon nanotube electronics, molecular electronics, nanoscale field
effect devices, and materials research."
The Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN), a
center within the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), together with the center on Functional
Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA), a center within the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP)
which are both semiconductor industry-funded centers, work to create and investigate new nano-engineered
functional materials and devices, and novel structural and computational architectures for new
information processing systems beyond the limits of conventional CMOS technology.
"Keithley chose to work with CNSI and the WIN/FENA
organizations because of their world-class team of scientists with expertise in materials science,
physics, biology, chemistry and semiconductors," stated Mark Hoersten, Keithley vice president,
business management. "Our joint activities will provide information we will be able to apply to
future products that we create for nanoscience and the semiconductor industry, and our equipment
will aid the WIN/FENA scientists in their important research. This partnership gives us the
opportunity to create exciting new measurement technologies necessary for moving nanoelectronic
technology from the research lab into full-scale production," Hoersten added.
Keithley Instruments is the world leader in the
creation of electrical measurement solutions for nanotechnology. This important new area of research
promises significant advances in electronics, materials, biotechnology, alternative energy sources,
and dozens of other applications. With their unequalled performance, Keithley measurement tools
enable nanotechnology researchers to observe phenomena that were impossible to measure just a few
years ago. Unlocking secrets at the nanoscale level is accelerating the transition from nanotech
research labs to commercial production.
About the CNSI
The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is a
multidisciplinary research center at UCLA whose mission is to encourage university-industry
collaboration and to enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems. CNSI members
include some of the world's preeminent scientists, and the work conducted at the Institute
represents world-class expertise in five targeted areas of nanosystems-related research: renewable
energy, environmental nanotechnology and nanotoxicology, nanobiotechnology and biomaterials,
nanomechanical and nanofluidic systems, and nanoelectronics, photonics and architectonics. For
additional information, visit www.cnsi.ucla.edu.
About Keithley Instruments, Inc.
With more than 60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has
become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems from DC to RF (radio
frequency). Our products solve emerging measurement needs in production testing, process monitoring,
product development, and research. Our customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide
electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor device development and
fabrication, and the production of end products such as portable wireless devices. The value we
provide them is a combination of precision measurement technology and a rich understanding of their
applications to improve the quality of their products and reduce their cost of test.
For More Information. For more information on any of Keithley's
sensitive measurement and nanotechnology test solutions, contact the company at:
Address: Keithley Instruments, Inc.
28775 Aurora Road
Cleveland, OH 44139-1891
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