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MicroDesign Resources' Microprocessor Report, a respected computer industry analysis newsletter, has named extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) its technology of the year. The award recognizes the importance of EUVL technology to the rapidly increasing speed at which supercomputers can process increasingly large amounts of data.
According to Don Sweeney, leader of Livermore's contributions to the Virtual National Laboratory (VNL), "This award is very important within the industry. There is only one given per year." VNL is the consortium of Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories that developed this next-generation method of microchip lithography.
Funding for developing EUVL technology has come from the private sector. Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola, Micron Technology, and Germany's Infineon Techologie AG have created the limited liability company, EUV LLC, a cooperative research and development agreement, to back the project. IBM joined the consortium in March 2001. Other integrated circuit manufacturing companies, whose livelihoods depend on emerging technologies, are expected to add their support soon.
For more information about EUVL, see S&TR, October 1999, New Deposition System for the Microchip Revolution, and November 1999, Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography: Imaging the Future, and the Lawrence Livermore EUVL Web site at

A team from the Laboratory's Medical Technology Program has won two awards for developing an implantable device to monitor glucose levels in diabetes patients: the Department of Energy's Bright Light Award and a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Excellence in Technology Transfer Award. The team includes leader Stephen Lane, Tom Peyser, Chris Darrow, Natasha Zaitseva, Joe Satcher, and Doug Cary. Kevin O'Brien and Connie Pitcock from the Laboratory's Industrial Partnerships and Commercialization Office facilitated the collaboration with and the transfer of technology to MiniMed Inc. of Sylmar, California, that brought the FLC award.
The Livermore team has been working for more than five years on a glucose monitoring technology that would be integrated with an insulin delivery device developed by MiniMed. The device is embedded under patients' skin to monitor glucose levels in the blood. The sensor would signal an insulin pump to administer insulin, when needed, to control glucose level.
The Bright Light Award honors discoveries and innovations from the DOE complex that benefit the American public, contribute to U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, and have the potential for significant growth. The Livermore team and four other research groups received Bright Light awards at a White House ceremony in mid-January.
The Excellence in Technology Transfer Award recognizes individuals and teams at federal laboratories for uncommon creativity and initiative in transferring to the private sector an advanced technology that significantly benefits industry, state and local government, and/or the general public.

Bruce T. Goodwin, B Division leader in the Laboratory's Defense and Nuclear Technologies Directorate, has been selected to receive one of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine's Aerospace Laurels. For the past 44 years, these awards have honored individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to the global field of aerospace. Goodwin's award is in the category of Government/Military. He was named, along with C. Paul Robinson, president of Sandia National Laboratories, and H. Terry Hawkins, director of the Nonproliferation and International Security Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, "for public warnings about risks to the viability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, deterioration of the nation's nuclear intelligence infrastructure, and losses of weapons-design intellectual resources from the laboratories." At great risk to their careers, these laboratory scientists and leaders resisted attempts to silence them, ensuring that Congress and the public became aware of critical nuclear-related national security problems.































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