SMP Partners with General Electric on Nanoscale Microelectronic Thermal Interface Materials.Business Editors
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2002
Superior MicroPowders (SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) A multiprocessing architecture in which multiple CPUs, residing in one cabinet, share the same memory. SMP systems provide scalability. As business increases, additional CPUs can be added to absorb the increased transaction volume. , www.smp1.com), an advanced materials Advanced Materials is a leading peer-reviewed materials science journal published every two weeks. Advanced Materials includes Communications, Reviews, and Feature Articles from the cutting edge of materials science, including topics in chemistry, physics, developer and manufacturer, today announced it has received joint venture funding with General Electric under a three-year, $7.2M NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, www.nist.gov) The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration (www.technology. ATP ATP: see adenosine triphosphate.
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In the integrated circuit industry it is called simply packaging and sometimes semiconductor device assembly, or simply assembly. .
Superior MicroPowders will contribute its expertise in particle technology, especially nano-engineered particles, to aid in the development and commercialization of thermal interface materials A Thermal Interface Material (aka TIM) is used to fill the gaps between thermal transfer surfaces, such as between microprocessors and heatsinks, in order to increase thermal transfer efficiency. These gaps are normally filled with air which is a very poor conductor. with 10 times the thermal conductivity over more conventional materials.
"We are pleased to being working with GE's world-class materials group on this exciting new electronic materials program," commented Dr. Toivo Kodas, vice president at SMP. "Our versatile spray-based particle production technology is an excellent platform for nanoscale filler particles and nicely complements GE's expertise in polymer technology and global presence in electronic materials markets. Clearly, GE has the demonstrated ability to develop and commercialize challenging new materials systems. We look forward to working under their leadership to bring advanced thermal interface materials to the worldwide electronics market."
"GE sees nanoparticle filler technology as a critical success factor for this program," added Florian Schattenman, laboratory manager and microelectronic materials leader at GE Global Research. "We view SMP as a leader in particle technology and are confident in their ability to leverage their years of experience and particle-manufacturing infrastructure to make this program a great success."
About Superior MicroPowders
Superior MicroPowders, an advanced materials developer and manufacturer, has developed several patent-protected, commercially scaled technology platforms in spray-based powder production. These extremely versatile platforms enable the cost effective, commercial scale production of highly engineered powder materials, which are the building blocks in a broad range of large end market applications.
As applications requirements have placed extreme demands on powder materials performance, developments in materials science materials science
Study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by the material's composition and structure, both macroscopic and microscopic. have outpaced the ability of traditional powder manufacturing processes to deliver on performance and quality. Advancements in engineered materials require degrees of process control (6 Sigma), complexity of chemical composition and physical particle engineering, which are enormously difficult to achieve using traditional methods. SMP believes that its processes represent a step change in materials processing Articles on Materials processing include:
About General Electric
General Electric (GE, www.ge.com) is a diversified services, technology and manufacturing company with a commitment to achieving customer success and worldwide leadership in each of its businesses. GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 340,000 people worldwide, including 197,000 in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .