Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Chemist cuts chip water use.(Business Outlook)

Byline: Michael Davis Journal Staff Writer

* LANL process aims for factory use; Intel is studying similar method

A Los Alamos scientist has invented a process he says would reduce water use at Intel microchip plants by between 70 percent and 80 percent and virtually eliminate the need for solvents used in the microchip-making process.

Intel says it is aware of the research and is working with a group of companies on a similar process.

Craig Taylor, an award-winning chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said the process is at least 18 to 24 months from being ready for large production plants.

Intel says it will be even longer. Spokesman Terry McDermott said there are many potential advantages to the process but it still needs to be tested on a large scale.

"This is a process that we've known about," he said. "We just can't say to what extent" because the company's involvement with a similar process is a trade secret.

"You can be sure that if this or any technology proves to be viable in large-scale production that Intel will implement it as soon as humanly possible. …

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