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Award to boost small-scale system work

A $125,000 New York State high technology award is the latest show of support for Binghamton University’s burgeoning small-scale systems research initiatives, projects and programs that are likely to transform the profile of the global electronics industry in the next decade.

A Technology Transfer Incentive award made through the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), the $125,000 award is part of $5.3 million in state support for 13 projects announced by Gov. George E. Pataki last week.

Binghamton’s award is to work with Endicott Interconnect Technologies to develop ceramic thin film embedded capacitors for emerging system-inpackaging concepts. As electronic circuit boards become crowded with discrete components, Binghamton researchers working with industry engineers will focus on optimizing a technology to embed capacitors in device packaging, replacing the need for surface-mounted components.

The technology is expected to help make electronics smaller, more functional, more reliable and less costly.

Junghyun Cho, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, heads up the ceramic thin film research at the University.

“Commercialization of the product will be an ultimate goal of this two-year prototype product development,” said Cho, who noted the project could also result in sales and job creation in the community.

Economic development resulting from University research is a theme state officials also emphasized.

“By conducting research that will lead to the development of state-of-the-art technologies, our colleges are helping to attract and create companies,” Pataki said. “Building on our record of accomplishment in transferring these cutting-edge technologies from an academic setting to the business world, New York will continue to create high-tech companies, jobs and products.”

Russell W. Bessette, executive director of NYSTAR, added: “This award signifies Binghamton University’s growing role in developing the very latest innovations in thin film technology, and it will further strengthen the university’s ability to foster and create new high technology jobs in the region.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08