Recipient of an Advanced Technology Program Grant

Oct 4, 2001

 Brewer Science, Inc. of Rolla, MO, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of an Advanced Technology Program grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. This prestigious grant, recognizes excellence in high technology, high risk development and is a cost sharing grant for approximately $2 million over 2 years.

BSI will use the grant monies in the development of Contact Planarization that will be used by IC manufacturers to flatten the layers produced in making an integrated circuit chip. In the micro world of semiconductor manufacturing, advances in device complexity and capacity depend on increases in device density and layering. To achieve either, absolute flatness or planarization of a chip's substrate layer must be attained. Without advanced planarization processes, many of the leading-edge semiconductors would not be practical.

The dominant method to achieve such planarization in use today is chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), a technology that is not only expensive, but also wasteful of materials, energy and environmental resources. Contact Planarization (CP), such as the technology presented in this proposal, will significantly advance Integrated Circuit technology by facilitating true independence from feature size and density effects. Compared to CMP, it also provides a significant reduction in cost of ownership as well as environmental impact, a smaller clean room footprint, improved throughput and planarization performance.

When CP is fully developed, it is expected that it will cost one half what CMP costs to process a wafer. If trends in wafer production continue, at an annual growth rate of 10%, the savings could reach nearly half a billion dollars ($470 million) per year by the end of 2003 and close in on $1 billion shortly thereafter.

The Contact Planarization Technology has been licensed from Agere Systems, a recent spin-off of Lucent Technologies, Inc. and was developed in the Bell Laboratories division of Lucent.

BSI manufactures chemicals and equipment for the microelectronic industry. Its anti-reflective coatings have made the reduction in feature size to under 0.1 micrometers feasible. Current internal development projects include products to enhance photolithography using light of wavelength below 193 nm. BSI's custom and semi-custom dispensing equipment has been used by a number of major integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers in process development and scale-up.

Brewer Science, Inc. is located in the Ozarks Mountain region of South Central Missouri. It is located approximately 100 miles from both St. Louis, and Springfield, MO. Rolla is also the home of the University of Missouri at Rolla, a world-renowned engineering school. The University of Missouri and Brewer Science have formed a strong relationship that has helped build a positive awareness of the contributions that Brewer Science makes to the Rolla community.

While Brewer Science is regarded as a leading edge employer by the community, Brewer is also used as a benchmark by other businesses. Brewer Science strongly supports the community, by taking a leadership role in the development of the area. You will find Brewer Science involved in the development of a Child Care and Development Center in the Hy Point Industrial Park, as well as sponsoring many cultural and charitable activities with time, talent and funding. Brewer Science is a company that gives to the community.

While the location is unique to the microelectronics industry, Brewer Science Inc. has proven itself to have a significant impact in the microelectronics industry by providing world competitive technologies. By developing successful win-win partnerships, Brewer Science has established successful relationships with a global customer base.

Brewer Science, Inc, began its 20th year of operation on October 1, 2001 and has grown from a 2500 square foot research facility to a 65,000 square foot facility with research and manufacturing capabilities. The growth of the company can be attributed to innovative research and development efforts, which allow Brewer Science to move quickly from research through commercialization.

In the local community Brewer Science is viewed as more than a local employer. Brewer Science is viewed as a company, which provides an environment that encourages personal and professional growth. In the global community Brewer Science has earned the reputation for providing consistent quality and leading edge innovative technologies in the microelectronics industry. For more information about Brewer Science or Contact Planarization please visit our web site at