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Vol. 51, No. 3        February 12, 1999
[Sandia National Laboratories]

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0165    ||   Livermore, California 94550-0969
Tonopah, Nevada; Nevada Test Site; Amarillo, Texas

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Technology partnerships and commercialization

The Sandia Science and Technology Park came to life in 1998. This 300-acre technology center is a cooperative effort among Sandia, the City of Albuquerque, and several landowners. The first tenant in the park is EMCOREwest, a Sandia partner. The company built its own 50,000 sq. ft. facility and expects to employ 250 people. The park gained national visibility through conferences held in April and May. Funding sources for the park include DOE, the State of New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque. (4000)

The Primary Standards Laboratory, in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, developed and delivered to NASA a portable Josephson Voltage Calibration Standard. The system generates DC voltages to 10 volts with an uncertainty of better than 0.03 parts per million. This standard is being used to calibrate standards at nine NASA centers across the country. This portable system is smaller and easier to use than a laboratory Josephson system and is more accurate by a factor of 10 than NASA's previous DC voltage standards. (1500)

Working closely with the Strategic Business Units and Strategic Management Units we generated $56 million of revenue from private industry for dual-benefit projects. This record-breaking total is the largest ever contributed by industry for Labs/industry cost-shared R&D. The total includes $33 million for cooperative research and development agreements, $20 million for non-Federal Entity agreements, $850,000 of licensing/royalty income, and the balance for user facilities and other agreements. (4300)

The Leadership Academy for Science Education Reform (LASER) was a three-year institute for teachers leading reform of science and math education. LASER applied a unique combination of Sandia's cutting-edge science, total quality management, and advances from extensive educational research. Winner of many recognition awards, the program achieved its ultimate goal of institutionalizing a system for continuing improvement of science education in Livermore-area schools. (8800, 8700, 8300, 8100, 2200)

Sandia and Intel signed an agreement providing a license for its Pentium processor for the development of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) custom microprocessors for US space and defense applications. The agreement saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in microprocessor design costs and provides the government with a 10-fold increase in processing power over existing technology. In addition to Sandia and DOE, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the National Reconnaissance Office are sponsors of the rad-hard Pentium redesign effort. (1000, 4300, 11500)

Based on the tremendous progress achieved by the industry-funded Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) program in the areas of resists, optical fabrication, exposure system final design, reticle protection, and high-power laser plasma sources, EUVL was named the leading lithographic technology for the commercial production of integrated circuits having <90 nm critical feature size at the recent International Sematech Next Generation Lithography review. (8000, 1000, 2000, 9000, 11000 )

Sandia joined forces with 10 industry partners to form the Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS TM) Partnership. The goal of the partnership is to further develop and commercialize the Sandia-developed LENS technology, a unique manufacturing process that will reduce manufacturing costs for Sandia and industry partners. One industry partner, Optomec Design Company won Industry Week magazine's "Technology of the Year Award" for its efforts to commercialize the technology by building LENS machines for industrial applications. (1400, 1800, 4300)

Sandia supported the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the TWA Flight 800 accident of July 1997. The Labs participated as part of an investigative team that included internationally recognized technical experts from the US, Canada, and Norway. Sandia modeling efforts supported and helped guide the NTSB experimental program to confirm that the TWA 800 accident most likely was the result of an unintended ignition of the fuel-air mixture in a fuel tank. These results were presented to the nation in December 1997 with Melvin Baer (9112) participating in the NTSB public hearing. (9100)

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