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Lab consortium highlights EUV project

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has granted the Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography project an Excellency in Technology Transfer award for its success in transferring its technology to the private sector.

Following the end of the Cold War and decreased federal funding, national laboratories such as Sandia National Labs began to increasingly cooperate more intimately with private sector companies on pressing scientific problems facing various industries. EUV lithography, for example, addresses one of the major challenges in the chip industry: The current equipment used to make processors won't be able to make chips slated to come to market within a few years. A consortium of companies, including IBM and Intel, worked with the labs to develop EUV, which will begin to affect the market in 2007.