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Vol. 53, No. 2        January 26, 2001
[Sandia National Laboratories]

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

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Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) extends current lithography capability to the sub-100 nanometer feature size allowing fabrication of microprocessors with 100 times the speed and 1,000 times the memory of today's integrated circuits. Sandia activities in EUVL include precision engineering, modeling and simulation, and process development activities. Once complete, the EUVL tool will be capable of printing features as small as 70nm. This program is the largest-ever funds-in DOE CRADA ($250M over 5 yrs). (8400, 8700, 2300, 2200) Bill Replogle, wcreplo@sandia.gov



LIGHTING THE WAY -- Keven Krenz (8420) briefly doffs his face mask for a photo at the chamber of the extreme ultraviolet lithography device where workers align light used to pattern circuits in this potential next-generation approach to microchip manufacturing. Sandia is making the EUVL tool as part of the largest-ever funds-in DOE CRADA ($250M over 5 yrs) . See the EUVL entry below. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Sandia and ten industry partners have signed the Cold Spray Consortium cooperative research and development agreement, under which the Labs will develop and commercialize Cold Spray technology over three years. In this process, metal or composite powders, accelerated to high velocities in a compressed gas jet, bond to a target surface by a process similar to explosive welding, but on a micro-scale. Depositing metals/composites in the solid state opens exciting new design and manufacturing possibilities. (1800, 9100, 1300) Mark Smith, mfsmith@sandia.gov

Sandia researchers, in partnership with the UNM Cancer Center, were instrumental in obtaining a $1 million grant for UNM Health Sciences from the Keck Foundation to support development of new tools for research in functional genomics. By combining optical imaging devices developed as part of our satellite program, chemometrics data analysis routines developed for materials characterization, and data mining/visualization software (VxInsight ), they proposed, and were funded to develop, a next-generation gene chip micro-array scanner. (1800, 9200, 5700) S&T David Haaland, dmhaala@sandia.gov

The Southwest as a Region of Innovation Conference 2000 brought together representatives from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah to work towards the creation of a southwestern Microsystems Industry Cluster. The Albuquerque conference attracted 338 attendees who discussed how to form this cluster and focused on using the microsystems expertise, facilities and resources present in the Southwest. A regional Leadership Team was formed and is working towards this cluster creation. The new Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications facility is envisioned as the cluster cornerstone facility. (14000, 1000, 1300, 1700, 1900, 12100, 12600) Jackie Kerby Moore, jskerby@sandia.gov

The New Mexico Legislature passed legislation that allows Sandia to earn a tax credit of up to $1.8 million in return for assisting small businesses in the state. Through its New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program Program, Sandia is using Labs expertise and capabilities to help small businesses resolve technological problems or business issues. The program is geared to help retain current small busi nesses, generate additional employment opportunities, and expand the base of suppliers for Sandia and other large entities in New Mexico. (1300, 12000, 14000) Olen D. Thompson, odthomp@sandia.gov

Recent licenses with startups MEMX Inc. and Novint Inc., grant Sandia an equity position in each company in exchange for rights to develop business around Sandia intellectual property. These first-of-a-kind (for Sandia) equity licenses offer an opportunity to share in the companies' technical developments and financial successes while enabling Sandia to better meet its national security missions by developing a regional supplier base through the licensing of important technologies. Novint is launching products based on haptics, a technology that adds the sense of touch to 3-D computer interfaces, while MEMX, a spin-off company from Sandia's microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) development activity, will commercialize a MEMS-based optical switch for the telecommunications industry. (1300, 1700, 9200) Olen Thompson, odthomp@sandia.gov

Sandia and industry partners have launched the Radio Frequency CRADA to explore the possibility of commercial manufacture of complex electronic assemblies for weapon applications. In FY00 this CRADA delivered prototype assemblies produced on state-of-the-art automated manufacturing lines, using commercial off-the-shelf components, at a fraction of the cost traditionally incurred for similar product. Continued success of this CRADA may significantly reduce the cost of RF assemblies for weapon needs in the future. (2300, 1700, 1800, 14100, FM&T) Ron Diegle, rbdiegl@sandia.gov

Sandia and other organizations in DOE's nuclear weapons complex (NWC) renegotiated a volume purchasing agreement with Parametric Technology Corporation for use of its Pro/E software, the standard 3D solid modeling tool used by the weapons programs. The deal saves Sandia $1/2 million. The three-year agreement covers 226 Sandia users of Pro/E, and includes the flexibility to adjust that number to accommodate changing program needs. This effort represents the establishment of a significant partnership between members of the NWC and a key software provider for the complex. (2900, 10200) Charles Fleetwood, cdfleet@sandia.gov

Sandia licensed its technology in a unique, emerging microelectromechanical systems technology known as LIGA to photonic subsystem provider AXSUN Technologies. LIGA, an acronym from the German words for lithography, electroplating, and molding, is a technique that allows precise microstructures to be fabricated from metals, plastics, and ceramics. After a successful prototyping effort at Sandia, AXSUN committed to establishing a Livermore-based LIGA production facility. The facility will manufacture alignment structures for use in AXSUN's optical products. The licensed Sandia know-how enables AXSUN to more quickly establish production capabilities. (8700, 11600) Jill Hruby, jmhruby@sandia.gov

Sandia has significantly improved the accuracy while also expanding the frequency range of structural dynamics models for the noise, vibration, and harshness response of passenger vehicle tires. These improved models have been experimentally validated and have directly led to improvements in Goodyear's relationship with vehicle manufacturers. Goodyear has stated that this effort has reached technical achievements "previously thought unattainable by industry experts." The experimental and analytical tools and techniques developed during this partnership are directly applicable to model validation for DOE defense programs. (9100, 9200, 2100) Curt Nelson, cnelson@sandia.gov

The Sandia Science & Technology Park program office spearheaded the creation of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that binds public and private parties to develop the 219-acre park just outside the Kirtland AFB Eubank gate. The park aims to attract technology-based companies. Signatories to the MOU include Albuquerque Public Schools; New Mexico State Land Office; Shaw, Mitchell, & Mallory Limited Partnership; City of Albuquerque; Sandia; and the Science & Technology Park Development Corporation. The MOU was two years in the making and a necessary step for the creation of a Master Development Plan. (14000) Jackie Kerby Moore, jskerby@sandia.gov

By integrating Sandia-developed sensing, cutting, and contour generating technologies, a cross-organizational team led by the Labs' Robotics Center successfully demonstrated automated an meat cutting system for industry sponsor IBP, Inc. Last September, the prototype device was shipped to IBP for further testing and development. The shipment marks Sandia's successful completion of all technical tasks spelled out in the Sandia/IBP cooperative research and development agreement a year-and-a-half ahead of schedule and under budget. Sandia and IBP have filed a number of technical disclosures and patent applications as a result of this work. (15200) Jerry Langheim, grlangh@sandia.gov

General Atomics Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar: The Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) system developed by Sandia for General Atomics had several significant accomplishments which have resulted in a fielded demonstration system for the Army as well as providing key support for DARPA-funded Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) efforts. The system was successfully installed on the Predator UAV including a satellite down-link capability for remote operations. It was also installed on Army U-21 and C-12 aircraft. The U-21 system was then used in DARPA-funded data collections demonstrating its advanced GMTI collection capabilities. (2300) Jerry Langheim, grlangh@sandia.gov

A newly patented pressure indicator designed specifically for a medical application was licensed to the cooperative research and development agreement partner Numotech, Inc. The device monitors the pressure within the topical hyperbaric oxygen therapy enclosure used to treat hard-to-heal wounds including burns, diabetic ulcers, and pressure sores. The device uses no electricity, is inexpensive, disposable, has no enclosure penetration, requires no calibration, and is readable from several meters. FDA has approved use of the device. Keith Miller and Mark Vaughn (both 15252) are co-inventors. Jerry Langheim, grlangh@sandia.gov

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