Fluctuation Free Facility (FFF),
New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University
 

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Objectives of Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry  

Japan is facing a crisis that it is likely to be left behind from rapid and drastic progress of the entire world. It is because the Japanese social and industrial frameworks that supported our half-a-century breathtaking developments do not match a new world order and structure that is being built mainly in western nations.

It is obvious that Japan has no other options but selects gscience-and-technology driven nationh approach to maintain our prosperity as there are very limited resources available here in Japan. Building a science-and-technology-driven nation means to keep developing and commercializing new technologies or to keep creating new industries.

Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry is constructed with strong supports from the industry that agrees to application and commercialization of innovative technologies Tohoku University has developed in the fields of information, communication, semiconductor and display, all of which are lifeline for Japan in early 21st century. It is exactly true when someone says construction of this facility itself is research and development. Leading-edge Japanese technologies and wisdoms developed under the initiative of Tohoku University have been invested to Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry. In this sense, it sets an example of the 21st century R&D site based on business-government-academia alliance to represent positive value chain to connect technology development, commercialization and new industry creation. In order to promote more advanced technology development, it will be essential to establish science-based design technology. In other words, it will be no longer possible to rely on empirical and intuitive approach. Alliance among business, government and academia will become indispensable and universities will be expected to play extremely important roles.

R&D activities in Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry will be based on a target-driven model. Researchers need to correctly understand social needs, and implement development of new technologies and their commercialization in parallel. In order to enhance competitive edge in the global market of mobile device and IT home appliance for which Japan has been strong and gained an advantageous position, Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry will carry out R&D activities to totally innovate their design and manufacturing technologies. In these fields, customersf preferences and tastes change quickly and dramatically, and therefore quick response to customersf requirements should be a key. Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry will present creative technology solely by converging Japan-specific enabling technologies to drastically improve system performance including algorithm, architecture, circuit, device, process, tool, component, material, metrology, control, infrastructure and utilities.

We firmly believe that, working closely and effectively with other universities, research institutes and the industry, Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry will become a central R&D basis in the world as well as in Japan for the fields of information, communication, semiconductor and display.

Overview of Fluctuation Free Facility for New Information Industry  
  • Scale: one basement level and six levels above ground
  • Structure: SRC (basement) and S (above-ground levels)
  • Building area / gross floor area: 1696 m2 / 6396 m2
  • Building height: 27.18 m
  • Process floor area: 739 m2 / 630 m2 (P2 / P1)
  • (including air return space)
  • Ceiling height of process floor: 3.8 m / 3.5 m (P2 / P1)
  • Ceiling height of utility floor: 4.0 m (U2 and U1)
  • Commencement of the construction work: December 2000
  • Completion of the construction work: November 2001