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Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center

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In an effort to strength the Middle East's technical work force, Intel will help establish a nanoelectronics research center at the King Abdul-Aziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Center of Excellence in Nano-Manufacturing (CENA) will focus its research activities on MEMS/NEMS technology with an emphasis on CMOS-MEMS integration, sensor fabrication, nenotech synthesis and deposition, and networking projects of interest to local industries.

The center will employ between 50 and 80 graduate students from universities in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) region. KACST is building a cleanroom for the new center. Intel will send a group of researchers to CENA to conduct research and guide graduate students and other researchers from the META region with the goal of developing the region's talent in several disciplines, including computer science, physics, chemistry, and material sciences, and turning Saudi Arabia into a top-rated knowledge society.

"This agreement with Intel will pave the way to creating a rich environment in which researchers and talented scientists, not only from the Kingdom but from the Arab and Islamic region at large, to do their research in this field and leverage the capabilities CENA is set to provide," says KACST vice president Prince Turki bin Saud bon Mohammed Al-Saud.

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