International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Matheson Tri-Gas Inc, the largest subsidiary of Japan’s Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, have signed a unique, four-year agreement to jointly develop new manufacturing materials and processes that will enable the next generation of semiconductor technology for 32nm and beyond.

The agreement marks the first time Matheson Tri-Gas/Taiyo Nippon Sanso and IBM have collaborated on semiconductor technology, with the two companies working together to research and develop new high purity gas molecules and delivery systems for the manufacture of atomic-scale semiconductors.

As the semiconductor industry transitions from one technology generation to the next, manufacturers must rapidly develop new approaches to manage shrinking device circuitry. Engineers from Matheson Tri-Gas, its parent company Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, and IBM will conduct joint research and development at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany NanoTech Complex.

Bernie Meyerson, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Chief Technical Officer for IBM Systems & Technology Group, commented, “Taiyo Nippon Sanso Group including Matheson Tri-Gas' cutting-edge source gases and advanced purification equipment, when integrated with IBM's state-of-the-art CMOS research capabilities, enables both companies to accelerate the pace of semiconductor innovation.”

This signal of collaborative progression was affirmed by Bill Kroll, Chairman, President, and CEO of Matheson Tri-Gas, as he said, “This relationship between Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Matheson Tri-Gas, and IBM sends a clear message to the global semiconductor community that the collaborative model that IBM and its partners have chosen is attractive for partners specializing in material, chemical and gas based solutions to technical challenges of the twenty-first century.”