ASU is Phoenix’s “secret weapon” for advancing local microelectronics industry (Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego)
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World-class R&D facilities
ASU has made significant investments in semiconductor R&D facilities and equipment to ensure the success of industry partners and startups. Through its Core Research Facilities, ASU offers flexible access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, research partnerships with ASU students and faculty, and services and training to solve technical challenges. Users of our Core Research Facilities include local and regional semiconductor enterprises at all scales — from small businesses and startups to multinational firms — as well as other universities and research institutions and government agencies. Through the Microelectronics Industry Council, ASU is rapidly evolving its infrastructure and facilities to anticipate industry needs and stay at the cutting edge of innovation.
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MacroTechnology Works: a national hub for semiconductor innovation
Located at ASU Research Park, MacroTechnology Works is one of the largest university-based microelectronics R&D facilities in the nation. Originally constructed as a semiconductor fab by Motorola, MacroTechnology Works offers 250,000 square feet of space, including nearly 50,000 square feet of clean room facilities. With flexible wall systems for easy customization of spaces, dedicated wet and dry labs, and sustainable H6-capable space, MacroTechnology Works offers the resources to meet the needs of any partner.
The Materials-to-Fab Center: a new model for university-industry collaboration
ASU and Applied Materials Inc. have teamed up to establish the Materials-to-Fab (MTF) Center, a cutting-edge research, development and prototyping facility co-located with ASU’s MacroTechnology Works.
The MTF Center is a place for collaboration – an environment for not only for ASU and Applied Materials, but also other industry and government partners, startups and academic institutions to fast-track innovation from concept to fab prototype. Equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, including 300mm production tools, the MTF Center will enable rapid commercialization of research, accelerate innovation and provide opportunities for hands-on learning that builds the microelectronics workforce.
With investments totaling over $200 million from Applied Materials and an additional $70 million from ASU, the state of Arizona and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the MTF Center represents a strategically innovative approach to strengthening the microelectronics industry in Arizona and across the nation.
Facilities for collaboration and innovation
Through its Core Research Facilities, ASU provides partners with access to state-of-the-art equipment, services and training to solve their most pressing research challenges. Users of our facilities are diverse, including industry at local, regional, and national scales, as well as government agencies, nonprofits and other universities and research institutions.