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University at Albany is about to play an even bigger role in New York
States high-tech future.
International SEMATECH, a
consortium of the 12 major computer-chip manufacturers in the world,
is establishing a new research and development center at the Universitys
Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics to help develop emerging semiconductor
technologies for the chips of the future.
Forty-nine other states
and nations from around the globe would be thrilled to have secured
this facility, but its coming right here to New York, where it
will transform the upstate economy and bring thousands of new high-paying
jobs to the Capital District, said Pataki.
This is one of the
most exciting days, I believe, ever in the history of upstate New York,
because the announcement means almost literally that the future, the
21st Century, is being developed in upstate New York, and the centerpiece
is going to be right here at our Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics,
said Pataki. The governor made the announcement at the University's
Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM)
facility, which is the current home of the Center of Excellence.
The agreement between New
York State and International SEMATECH includes approximately $400 million
in state and industry support for the new center over the next five
years. The support consists of $210 million in state funds (including
$50 million previously announced for the Center of Excellence at Albany
and included in the 2002-03 state budget) and $193 million from International
SEMATECH and its member companies, including IBM.
This fall, SEMATECH will
begin moving up to 250 scientists and technicians into the soon-to-be-finished
118,000-square-foot technology accelerator facility rising
near CESTM. But those 250 jobs are only the initial impact of the centers
arrival; it is expected to serve as a catalyst for private-sector growth
for years to come, just as the first SEMATECH center in Austin, Texas,
spurred that area's economy.
an entire region of the state of Texas, said Pataki. The
Austin regions population has more than doubled since 1990, from
about 600,000 to more than 1.2 million. A capital city that was known
as being the capital and having a state university, but not much else,
was changed to having the capital, the state university and the leading
giants in computer technology from around the globe more than
450 software companies, more than 200 semiconductor companies, over
120 semiconductor manufacturing companies that among them employ more
than 43,000 people. It truly transformed what had been a very rural
state capital into one of the leading technology components of the entire
globe in the 1990s.
A little over a year earlier,
Pataki had come to the very same place on campus to announce the creation
of the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, with $100 million in
support from IBM and $50 million in state support. This time, Pataki
likened that center and the other Centers of Excellence his administration
has created across the state to the seedlings sown by his father
in their apple orchard that bore fruit years later.
$150 million in support for the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics
is allowing UAlbany to build the first university-based, 300-millimeter
computer wafer prototyping and workforce training facility in the world.
IBMs donation consists of $25 million in cash and state-of the-art
equipment valued at $75 million to create the pilot-development line
for producing and testing computer chips made on the 300-millimeter,
or 12-inch wafer platform.
UAlbany already boasts the
only pilot prototyping facility at any university in the world for the
current standard in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter, or 8-inch
wafer. More than 100 U.S. and worldwide corporate partners either use
the facilities or work with University scientists on projects in this
area. But the semiconductor industry is moving to the 12-inch wafer
platform for the next generation of computer chips, and the Universitys
state-of-the-art, 300-millimeter facility will provide the ideal environment
for testing the processes and technology used to manufacture the bigger
The one-of-kind facilities
that will be the distinctive physical core of the Center of Excellence
in Nanoelectronics will now also provide the critical infrastructure
for the work of International SEMATECH North.
This is the culmination
of support from many University partners over the long run, said
University President Karen R. Hitchcock. We are extremely grateful
to our state leaders and International SEMATECH for their unprecedented
investment in our high-technology programs.
The technical challenges
that face the semiconductor industry are daunting and growing in complexity,
and are too great for any single organization, nation, or region to
solve alone, said C. Robert
Helms, president and chief executive officer of International SEMATECH.
Partnerships are the key
to solving the technology challenges of the future and keeping
us on the road to growth, he said. This new partnership
International SEMATECH, the state of New York, and the University
at Albany is exactly what we need to get new technologies across
the finish line.
Both Pakati and Helms singled
out Alain Kaloyeros, director of the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics
and founding dean of the Universitys new School of NanoSciences
and Nano-Engineering, for the critical role he played.
Professor Kaloyeros and his team are the glue that has brought us together to make this into a reality, said Helms.