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Fall 1999



New Microelectronics Labs to Sport Clean Rooms, Packaging/Hybrid Facilities

A new microelectronics teaching laboratory is under construction in Whittemore Hall that will provide students with introductory experience in fabricating simple devices. The new laboratory, which is expected to be used by 500 students per year, will feature a Class 1000 processing clean room and packaging/hybrid facilities.

The laboratory will be used by all EE and CpE students taking a required electronics laboratory course in addition to students from physics and MSE. Students in electronics manufacturing programs at regional community colleges will also use the laboratory for part of their education.

New laboratories are also under construction in Hancock and Holden Halls. Additional Class 1000 and Class 100 clean rooms will provide advanced device manufacturing facilities for processing and characterization for use by advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

The new laboratories are part of a major expansion of Virginia Tech's microelectronics education and research capabilities. The multidisciplinary effort involves revising the university's microelectronics courses to reflect a fully integrated curriculum.

The laboratories will provide opportunities for faculty members from several departments to teach and collaborate on microelectronics research. Areas of investigation include microelectronic materials, such as wide-bandgap materials and electronic ceramics; as well as novel devices, including power devices, high-frequency/high-speed devices, optoelectronics, MEMS, and organic light-emitting devices. Additional investigation areas involve process technologies, such as nanotechnology, advanced lithography, plasma-aided processing, and micromachining; and circuits, systems, and design work, such as VLSI/ULSI, RFICs/MMICs, sensors/actuators, mixed-signal, mixed-technology, and system-on-a-chip.

The laboratories are made possible by a $1.35 million equipment gift from Motorola, state funds through the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium for Education and Research (VMEC), and additional funds from Motorola and the Pratt Foundation.

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

Last Updated, October 15, 1999
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