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<br /> <br />South Bend is forging its high tech future, says nanoelectronics <br />executive <br /> <br />SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 12, 2009 — In the coming year, South Bend will <br />continue to take giant steps toward building its high tech future, according to a <br />national authority on nanoelectronics. <br /> <br />Jeffrey Welser, Ph.D., director of the Semiconductor Research Corp.’s <br />Nanoelectronics Research Initiative, made those comments following South <br />Bend’s Jan. 5 announcement of a brand new name for an emerging 83-acre <br />SM <br />technology park – Ignition Park – which the city will market to <br />nanoelectronic and other technology-based businesses. <br /> <br />Ignition Park, along with Innovation Park at Notre Dame, make up a dual-site <br />technology park in South Bend – Indiana’s first ever state-certified technology <br />park affiliated with two research universities: the Indiana University School of <br />Medicine at South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. <br /> <br />For its part, Innovation Park is a collaborative venture between the City of <br />South Bend and the University of Notre Dame, which will translate research <br />discoveries from initial concept to commercialization. <br /> <br />The success of both Ignition Park and Innovation Park will be bolstered by the <br />Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND), which Welser’s <br />organization established last year in South Bend. <br /> <br />MIND is one of four primary research centers nationwide, and is comprised of <br />Notre Dame and other universities, and is funded by the National Institute of <br />Standards and Technology as well as a consortium of the world’s leading <br />computer chip makers – including IBM, AMD, Intel, Micron and Texas <br />Instruments. <br /> <br />In the following interview, Welser offered his insights about MIND, South <br />Bend, and the area’s future as a center of nanoelectronic discovery. <br /> <br />Q: How did South Bend end up as the location for MIND? <br /> <br />A: <br /> The NRI’s main goal is to advance research that will be the basis for the <br />next generation of computer chips. The current transistor architecture – <br />CMOS, which means Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor – is <br />expected to reach its limits probably by 2020, so we need to accelerate the <br />development of revolutionary nanoelectronic technologies that are quite <br />different from what we have now. <br /> <br /> <br />