In a wide-ranging conversation, NY CREATES President Dave Anderson spoke with The Capitol Pressroom host David Lombardo about NY CREATES and what the organization does to support New York State–and the nation’s—technological progress, and more. Listen here.
Industry demand for integrated photonics has historically been driven by the need for higher-performance networking, especially in telecom and datacenter applications. More recently, the technology has seen a surge of interest in the context of high-performance computing systems for training and running large-scale machine learning models. It also has wider applications, including imaging, sensing, and optical accelerators for computing.
technology uses standard semiconductor manufacturing processes to fabricate
chips containing microscopic optical elements, such as waveguides, beam-splitters,
lasers, and detectors. PsiQuantum is developing a large-scale photonic quantum
computer in which these components are repurposed to generate and manipulate single
photons – particles of light – which are then used to encode quantum information.
Several other quantum computing efforts are also beginning to integrate
photonic devices into their systems, as they seek to scale from proof-of-principle
single-chip systems toward utility-scale, error-corrected quantum computers.
PsiQuantum’s strategy aims to accelerate the path to the considerable volume, yield, and performance required for very large, impactful quantum computers by leveraging the standard manufacturing processes, tools, and materials of the semiconductor industry.
Now, a new partnership between the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES) and PsiQuantum is expected to open new avenues for technological advancements, facilitating the development of these quantum technology solutions that can have far-reaching implications. By leveraging each organization’s respective expertise and resources, NY CREATES and PsiQuantum aim to significantly advance the integrated photonics landscape with far-reaching applications in quantum computing, telecommunications, and many more.
NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex is the largest and most advanced, public/private 300mm semiconductor R&D center in North America, and it includes state-of-the-art tools within a flexible research environment that supports rapid learning cycles – all of which will enable PsiQuantum, through this collaboration, to accelerate its technical roadmap to deliver the world’s first large-scale, error-corrected quantum computer.
One of the first activities of the partnership focuses on integrating ultra low-loss waveguides with Barium Titanate (BTO), a pioneering ultra-high performance optical material. Practically, this involves precisely bonding wafers of silicon photonics, such as those being built by PsiQuantum in New York, on top of wafers of BTO, produced in PsiQuantum’s facility in San Jose, California.
“This collaboration between NY CREATES and PsiQuantum marks a critical step forward in the development of quantum switching circuits,” said David Anderson, President of NY CREATES. “By combining our collective expertise and the world-class capabilities available at our Albany NanoTech Complex, we are poised to push the boundaries of what is possible in the field of quantum technology. We are excited about the potential impact this partnership can have on industries such as telecommunications, where advanced switching capabilities are in high demand.”
“We are thrilled to partner with NY CREATES on this groundbreaking research and development endeavor,” said Fariba Danesh, Chief Operating Office at PsiQuantum. “This unique joint-development research environment has enabled us to access cutting-edge tools, accelerate our learning cycles, and drive innovation at an unprecedented pace. Our collaboration represents a significant opportunity to develop switching circuits with the potential to outperform existing technologies and integrate them into the foundry ecosystems for volume production.”
About NY CREATES
NY CREATES is a technology accelerator focused on driving innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. By leveraging New York State’s unique assets, including leading academic institutions, industry partners, and government agencies, NY CREATES fosters breakthrough technologies, supports startups, and facilitates partnerships to address critical challenges and drive positive societal impact. NY CREATES oversees some of the most advanced facilities in the world, boasts more than 2,700 industry experts and faculty, and manages public and private investments of more than $20 billion – placing it at the global epicenter of high-tech innovation and commercialization. Learn more at www.ny-creates.org.
Powered by breakthroughs in silicon photonics and fault-tolerant quantum architecture, PsiQuantum is building the first utility-scale quantum computer to solve some of the world’s most important challenges. PsiQuantum’s approach is based on single-photon qubits, which have significant advantages at the scale required to deliver a fault-tolerant, general-purpose quantum computer. With photonic chips manufactured in world-leading semiconductor fabs, PsiQuantum is uniquely positioned to deliver quantum capabilities reaching the scale needed to drive advances in climate technologies, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, finance, energy, agriculture, transportation, communications and beyond. To learn more, visit www.psiquantum.com.
While Leading A Bipartisan Congressional Delegation In Asia Earlier This Week, Schumer – Always With Upstate NY On His Mind – Met With The Korean President & Urged Korea To Expand Their Research At NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex – Which They Agreed To Do
New Commitment Will Help Expand Advanced Chip R&D And Student & Faculty Exchanges With The Republic Of Korea; Schumer Says Global Recognition Strengthens Capital Region Even Further To Become Major Hub For The National Semiconductor Technology Center
Schumer: NY CREATES’ Groundbreaking Research At The Albany NanoTech Complex Is Recognized Around The Globe, And Now Korea Will Join NY In Helping Make New Discoveries For The Future Of Chip Research
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a personal meeting in Seoul with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol earlier this week, secured a commitment that the Republic of Korea will partner with the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES) on advanced semiconductor technology research & development at the Albany NanoTech Complex. This builds on the joint declaration signed earlier this year to promote collaboration and partnership between NY CREATES and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT). Schumer said this new international collaboration with the Republic of Korea will further propel NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex as a premier global center for semiconductor research, and strengthen the facility as an ideal major hub for the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) that was established in the CHIPS & Science Act.
“Even halfway across the globe in South Korea, I always have the Capital Region and Upstate NY on my mind. During my meeting with South Korean President Yoon, I raised how important it was for our countries to work together on advanced technologies from semiconductors to AI, so our scientists and students could learn from each other to help spur innovation and take us to the next frontier,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to say that President Yoon agreed, and personally committed to growing South Korea’s partnerships with New York on research & development for semiconductors and other advanced technologies, including a collaboration with NY CREATES at its Albany NanoTech Complex. This will help bring researchers, Korean universities and companies to the Albany NanoTech Complex’s world-renowned facilities. Governments and industry partners from around the world continue to recognize that Albany NanoTech is the place to be for cutting-edge semiconductor research. In fact, President Yoon made clear that the U.S. and Korea working together on advanced technology is key to the alliance between our two countries, and that New York is central to that effort.”
“This partnership with the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology is the latest step in our mission to make New York State a chipmaking superpower,” Governor Hochul said. “Research institutions like Albany NanoTech are the engines behind our state’s drive to attract, expand, and innovate the semiconductor industry, and with steady state support and the Majority Leader’s continued advocacy, we will keep tapping the best minds from New York and abroad to build our competitive edge in this sector and plan the future of chip manufacturing in our state.”
“We are grateful for Senator Schumer’s steadfast efforts and President Yoon’s commitment for Korea to partner with NY CREATES for semiconductor-based R&D. Meaningful international collaborations with our allies are important for developing critical next-gen technologies and further establishing NY CREATES and Upstate New York as an international hub for innovation-centered partnerships by leveraging our world-class resources and facilities, high-tech expertise, and workforce development initiatives,” said NY CREATES President Dave Anderson. “We are excited about the opportunities to collaborate with global tech leaders, and we look forward to finding ways to bolster domestic research and production capabilities right here in New York and the U.S., while also supporting our partners around the world.”
The direct commitment Schumer was able to secure in Korea will build on months of ongoing conversations between the Republic of Korea and NY CREATES to expand R&D, academic research, and student & faculty exchanges. Earlier this year, NY CREATES and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) signed a joint declaration to promote collaboration and partnership between the two organizations in the field of technological innovation, with a primary focus on semiconductors. The agreement was signed in Washington, D.C., during the official state visit of President Yoon. At the signing ceremony, NY CREATES President David Anderson and KIAT President Byung-joo Min were joined by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Republic of Korea Minister of Technology, Industry, and Energy Lee Chang Yang. The agreement between NY CREATES and KIAT promotes cooperation in innovation, education, and workforce development between companies and educational institutions from Korea and New York. NY CREATES will support the U.S. component of the collaboration by providing access to its world-leading facilities for R&D and prototyping – the Albany NanoTech Complex – as well as scientists and researchers. Since this initial agreement was struck, efforts have been underway to formalize Korean support for the partnership, including putting in place specific programs and Korean investment. President Yoon’s commitment to Schumer now solidifies a path forward to finalizing that partnership.
Schumer has fought tirelessly to lift up the Capital Region and Upstate New York as a major hub to lead the nation in semiconductor manufacturing and research. Most recently, Schumer announced that following his push, NORDTECH, a New York-based consortium led by NY CREATES in partnership with Cornell, RPI, the University at Albany CNSE, and IBM, was one of the first major recipients of funding through his CHIPS & Science Act, securing $40 million through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Microelectronic Commons Program. Earlier this year, Schumer also personally invited NY CREATES head Dave Anderson to President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address to highlight his push to land the NSTC in the Capital Region. Prior to the passage of the CHIPS & Science Act, Schumer not only brought the Commerce Secretary to Malta to highlight opportunities for expansion at GlobalFoundries and across Upstate New York’s semiconductor industry, but also arranged for Secretary Raimondo to meet with NY CREATES and industry leaders, including from IBM and Applied Materials, to discuss the unique assets the region has for leading the NSTC. Schumer also brought Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves to Albany to tour the Albany NanoTech Complex and see firsthand how the Capital Region is perfectly suited to stand up the NSTC and begin boosting the nation’s semiconductor industry.
“Today is a major step forward in fulfilling the vision of the U.S. Chips & Science Act. First, we extend both our congratulations and gratitude to the incoming board of trustees for the National Semiconductor Technology Center. We also want to thank the selection committee for their time and effort, and commend their choices as the trustees are an experienced, diverse, and accomplished group of leaders. NY CREATES is ready to play a leading role in this critical effort to bolster research and development in the U.S., which will help to boost domestic manufacturing and lead to the creation of good jobs and exciting new technologies that will improve our lives. Thanks to years of investment, preparation, and support from officials like Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Governor Kathy Hochul, and the New York Congressional Delegation, NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex is equipped to support the NSTC from Day 1. Whether it’s our world-class semiconductor R&D capabilities that are unmatched in the U.S. or decades of successfully managing industry partnerships, academic collaborations, and workforce development initiatives, NY CREATES already has all the necessary pieces in place to serve as the headquarters and a primary hub of the NSTC.”
NY CREATES President
View announcement from NIST: Selection Committee Announces Leaders to Operate the CHIPS for America National Semiconductor Technology Center
David Anderson, president of NY CREATES, an innovation hub headquartered at the Albany NanoTech Complex, joined Policy Outsider to take us into the workings of the semiconductor industry and offer insight into how New York State’s tightly woven research and economic development tapestry supports and drives advanced technologies and manufacturing.
Bob Megna, president, Rockefeller Institute of Government
Dave Anderson, president, NY CREATES
Dec. 13, 2022