Federal contract opportunity NB686020-14-00825 for flat glass manufacturing at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Acquisition Management Division, response was due Jan 5, 2014.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO intend to award a purchase order to Inabata America Corporation for the purchase of 320 6" reticle blanks for use in fabrication of devices in our cleanroom. These reticles consist of a 6" square transparent substrate coated with a Cr based opaque material and photoresist with the following specifications:

Material: Soda lime glass
Size: Min 151.6 mm Max 152.4 mm (nominal 6")
Thickness: 3.05 +/- 0.1 mm (nominal 0.12")
Squareness: < 8 parts/thousand
The following must be met in a circle of quality of 100 mm diameter
Flatness: 15 um or better
Cr nominal thickness: 95 nm -115 nm
Cr thickness variation: < 10 nm
Optical density: > 3 @ 365 nm
Pinholes: 0 > 5um
Photoresist: AZ1350 or equivalent - 500 nm thick
Surface particles: 0 > 10um
Conforming to SEMI Spec SEMI P1-0708

NIST has used reticles in the past not conforming to SEMI spec P1-0708 resulting in extensive damage to lab equipment.  Ulcoat reticles are the only known product meeting all of the listed specifications to include SEMI spec P1-0708 and Inabata America Corporation is the only known supplier of this product. 

IAW with FAR 5.201, This notice serves as the only notice that will be issued supporting the justification for other than full and open competition on the basis of only one known responsible source that can meet the requirement (FAR 6.302-1) and a solicitation will not be issued. 

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