IEEE to chart nanotech standards.
Increasing calls from industry, government, and academia for nanotechnology standards has prompted The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers Standards Association, Piscataway, N.J., (IEEE-SA), to announce the launch of the IEEE Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap (NESR) and the creation of a NESR workshop.
The workshop, which will be held on May 18 in New York City, will build on the IEEE-SA nanoelectronic standards framework for nanomaterials, devices, functional blocks, and applications developed in conjunction with key industry participants.
According to Nathan Tinker, NESR coordinator and co-founder of the Nano-Business Alliance, "the IEEE Roadmap will help the industry prioritize the standards it needs and focus its resources. Our efforts are meant to provide practical support for other efforts in the field, such as the nano-related technology roadmaps put forth in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative.
Plans call for contributors to finalize a first draft of the roadmap for presentation at a second workshop in October. By the end of 2006, the roadmap will be published, with updates occurring annually.