News Release: NY CREATES, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announce Quantum Information Science and Microelectronics-Focused Partnership

News Release: NY CREATES, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announce Quantum Information Science and Microelectronics-Focused Partnership

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Contact: Steve Ference | sference2@ny-creates.org | +1 (518) 424-6029
Pete Genzer | genzer@bnl.gov | +1 (631) 357-1028
Samantha Murray | murras7@rpi.edu | +1 (518) 960-4051

Collaboration to Drive Quantum Information Science Engineering and
Technology and Microelectronics Advancements

Albany, NY — NY CREATES, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) announced they are collaborating to advance Quantum Information Science Engineering and Technology and Microelectronics in New York State and the nation.

The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES), Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages BNL on behalf of DOE’s Office of Science, and RPI have formalized a partnership to foster collaborative and mutually beneficial programs that will enhance intellectual exchange between the three organizations. The agreement lays the groundwork for joint research projects and other collaborations that will strengthen the quantum and microelectronics ecosystems in New York State and beyond, supporting timely U.S. efforts to reestablish its preeminence in areas important to national security and economic vitality.

“This strategic partnership, which leverages NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex, the nation’s most advanced public/private 300mm semiconductor research center, will advance technologies in the important areas of microelectronics and quantum, and we look forward to building on our strong relationships with BNL and RPI,” said NY CREATES President Dave Anderson. “By bringing together the expertise of NY CREATES, RPI, and BNL, we are poised to make substantial contributions to the quantum and microelectronics landscapes as we address the evolving needs of our industry partners.”

“Brookhaven Lab has the unique facilities, capabilities, and expertise in materials science needed to drive research in microelectronics and quantum technologies,” said John Hill, BNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology. “We believe this partnership is essential and well positioned to advance information science, engineering, and technology, areas crucial to our future economy—within NY State and across the nation.”

“We are excited to take this next step with NY CREATES and Brookhaven National Lab and further critical collaborations among our three institutions,” said Martin A. Schmidt, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “This development comes at an opportune moment. New York is fast becoming an epicenter of quantum computing and microelectronics exploration and innovation, and in April we will officially unveil an IBM Quantum System One at RPI, the first deployed on a university campus. Having this system at RPI, and making it accessible to researchers and students in the region, will be an asset to this important partnership.”

Representatives from each organization signed a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex on Friday, February 9, 2024. The MOU will guide research alignment, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and developing joint research programs that leverage each partner’s strengths.

The three organizations will also establish joint programs in educational outreach and workforce development to support the next generation of researchers and address industry needs. The agreement will provide opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to pursue collaborative research at BNL, RPI, or NY CREATES’ facilities, enhancing their exposure to cutting-edge technologies. In addition, the MOU sets the stage for joint quantum technologies and microelectronics research-focused workshops, network engagement, and the collaborative use of each organization’s resources.

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About NY CREATES
NY CREATES serves as New York’s bridge to the advanced electronics industry. As the primary resource for fostering public-private and academic partnerships in New York State, NY CREATES attracts and leads industry-connected innovation and commercialization projects that secure significant investment, advance R&D in emerging technologies, and generate the jobs of tomorrow. NY CREATES runs 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.   

About Brookhaven National Laboratory
One of 10 national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by DOE’s Office of Science, Brookhaven Lab conducts research in the physical, biological, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies, computation, quantum technologies, and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry, and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 110,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, six National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit www.rpi.edu.

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Times Union: NY CREATES Pres. Dave Anderson Applauds Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announcement of Over $5 Billion from the CHIPS and Science Act for Research, Development, and Workforce and NSTC

Times Union: NY CREATES Pres. Dave Anderson Applauds Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announcement of Over $5 Billion from the CHIPS and Science Act for Research, Development, and Workforce and NSTC

Times Union

ALBANY – A top executive from NY CREATES, which operates Albany NanoTech, was at the White House on Friday as the Biden administration announced the first major steps being taken to create the National Semiconductor Technology Center, a new national computer chip research lab that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer of New York believes should be located in Albany…

“I am delighted that our organization was represented at (Friday’s) event in Washington, D.C., showing our support of Natcast, alongside a number of our industry partners,” NY CREATES President David Anderson said in a statement. “We eagerly look forward to the opportunities to leverage our world-class Albany NanoTech Complex and further build collaborations to drive the success of these critical investments.”

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News Release: Fraunhofer IPMS and NY CREATES Strengthen Cooperation

Fraunhofer IPMS and NY CREATES strengthen cooperation

German-American collaboration between research institutes

Bridges of Innovation: Fraunhofer IPMS and NY CREATES strengthen cooperation

The research institutes Fraunhofer IPMS and NY CREATES provide the framework for international understanding and collaboration.

The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES) is one of the world’s leading research and development institutions for digital technologies and microelectronics. Last year, representatives from Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) met with counterparts at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex in New York State. There, Wenke Weinreich, Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer IPMS, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Saxony’s Minister President Michael Kretschmer.

The collaboration includes the initiation of joint research projects, symposia, and workshops, as well as the promotion of scientific exchanges. This step marks a significant milestone in the international cooperation between the two institutions, which are focused on promoting innovation and progress in the fields of digital technologies, energy technologies, and microelectronics.

“With our expertise and technologies in advanced microelectronics, we ideally complement the capabilities of NY CREATES. Together we can make significant progress in the development of future semiconductor systems,” said Dr. Wenke Weinreich.

“We are pleased to partner with Fraunhofer IPMS to pursue common goals, such as the ways in which we can further enable next-generation semiconductor research, a highly qualified workforce, and economic advancement,” said NY CREATES President Dave Anderson. “As we anticipate large-scale growth at our Albany NanoTech Complex site, including the new High NA EUV Lithography Center, we look forward to complementary collaborations with Fraunhofer IPMS along with other leading global organizations.”

NY CREATES representatives recently visited the Fraunhofer Institute in Dresden and the Silicon Saxony office where Fraunhofer IPMS and NY CREATES agreed on concrete dates for a joint exchange in 2024.

View a video featuring Dr. Weinreich, “Why Partnerships are Critical for Semiconductor Organizations,“ here.

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About Fraunhofer IPMS

Fraunhofer IPMS is one of the leading international research and development service providers for electronic and photonic microsystems in the application fields of intelligent industrial solutions and manufacturing, medical technology and health, and mobility. In two state-of-the-art clean rooms and with a total of four development sites in Dresden, Cottbus and Erfurt, the institute develops innovative MEMS components and microelectronic devices on 200 mm and 300 mm wafers. Services range from consulting and process development to pilot production.

About NY CREATES

NY CREATES serves as New York’s bridge to the advanced electronics industry. As the primary resource for fostering public-private and academic partnerships in New York State, NY CREATES attracts and leads industry-connected innovation and commercialization projects that secure significant investment, advance R&D in emerging technologies, and generate the jobs of tomorrow. NY CREATES runs 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

Contact:
Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS):
Frank Balvin | +49 351-8823-1144 | franka.balvin@ipms.fraunhofer.de

NY CREATES:
Steve Ference | +1 518 424-6029 | sference2@ny-creates.org

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Capitol Pressroom: NY CREATES Pres. Dave Anderson, Empire State Development’s Kevin Younis Discuss New High NA EUV Lithography Center

Capitol Pressroom: NY CREATES Pres. Dave Anderson, Empire State Development’s Kevin Younis Discuss New High NA EUV Lithography Center

Capitol Pressroom

“Our guests are David Anderson, President of NY CREATES and Kevin Younis, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development…We discuss Gov. Kathy Hochul’s December announcement of a public-private partnership at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech site, where the state is investing $1 billion on research and development equipment that will be used by Micron, IBM, and other high-tech players.”

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NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Statement on Natcast CEO Selection

NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Statement on Natcast CEO Selection

“On behalf of NY CREATES, I congratulate Deirdre Hanford as the first Chief Executive Officer for Natcast. Her extensive background in the semiconductor design community will undoubtedly and adeptly lead this critical U.S. effort toward successful outcomes that will bolster the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem and our national security at a time when the world faces numerous technological challenges. We look forward to working with her and the Natcast board to boost high-tech R&D and manufacturing in the U.S. while simultaneously creating new jobs and economic growth. We, at NY CREATES, applaud this selection by the Natcast board and stand ready to leverage our globally recognized Albany NanoTech Complex, cutting-edge semiconductor R&D capabilities, and international partnerships with leading members of industry and academia to serve the U.S. and further strengthen our collective innovation-based competitiveness.”

-Dave Anderson
NY CREATES President

Find a link to the announcement here: https://natcast.org/deirdre-hanford-appointed-as-ceo-of-natcast

Team Including NY CREATES and Led by Jefferson Lab Tasked by DOE to Advance Superconducting Computer Chip Technology

Team including NY CREATES and led by Jefferson Lab Tasked by DOE to advance superconducting computer chip technology

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Superconducting technologies are the lifeblood of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in its ongoing mission to probe the quarks and gluons inhabiting the quantum universe.

Superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) technology, a core competency of Jefferson Lab, is used to accelerate the fundamental electron particles in the lab’s Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, enabling researchers from around the world to conduct cutting-edge experiments to study the fundamental building blocks of matter. With the investment from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics, Jefferson Lab scientists and engineers have been constantly improving the SRF technology to benefit particle accelerators for nuclear physics and other programs in the DOE’s Office of Science. That includes innovative superconducting materials and structures.

Now, leveraging its nearly four decades of expertise and capabilities in SRF science and technology, the lab is leading a multidisciplinary team to explore concepts to use these new superconducting materials and structures in ultra-energy-efficient Superconducting Digital (SCD) electronics aimed at emerging artificial intelligence and quantum computing technologies.

The team includes imec and the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES) — both leading hubs for high-technology research and innovation — and Cornell University. Its strength lies in bringing together concept and design (imec), fundamental material development (Jefferson Lab), characterization (Cornell), and process development and implementation (imec and NY CREATES).

Their project, “Advanced superconducting integration process enabling sustainable hardware for AI and quantum computing,” is one of 11 multidisciplinary peer-reviewed projects selected by DOE to receive a total of $73 million in investments to accelerate new technologies from discovery to commercialization. The project is being funded through the Accelerate initiative through DOE’s Offices of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Nuclear Physics.

During the DOE review process, the collaboration was qualified as “an A+ Team … of exceptional talent.”

“Society needs faster, better-performing computer technology,” said Anne-Marie Valente-Feliciano, Jefferson Lab senior physicist and SRF process and materials group leader. “The project is aimed at developing a new computer chip technology using superconducting materials for faster performance and improved efficiency.”

From imec, Anna Herr and Quentin Herr are renowned world experts who have pioneered several new technologies for computer memory. Both are former Northrop Grumman Fellows and now scientific directors at their company. Both imec and NY CREATES are able to turn innovation into processes and device structures that will lead to faster circuits.

“Without greater innovation in high-performance computing,” said Quentin Herr, “it’s predicted that by 2040, half of the world’s energy will go toward computing.”

“In order to satisfy humanity’s need for computing, new paradigms are required,” said team member Satyavolu Papa Rao, materials scientist, engineer and vice president for research at NY CREATES. “Superconducting digital logic circuitry is a very critical path that needs to be explored, and that’s what we are doing.”

The vision is in sight

Identifying a key technology gap that currently hinders advancing digital superconductor electronics, the team’s approach is to innovate major changes, including scalability, to the existing fabrication process.

A critical goal is to develop improved superconducting and barrier materials that would perform better and tolerate higher processing temperatures, making them fully compatible with the fabrication processes of conventional electronics technology.

In a large-scale application such as AI running in a data center, superconducting materials offer a 100X improved energy efficiency, even after accounting for the overhead of a closed-loop cryogenic system for cooling. Superconducting digital logic chips (suitably modified) can also be placed near quantum computing chips, to control and communicate with them. That means that this technology is important for enabling both quantum and classical computing in the future.

Team member Katja Nowack, assistant professor of physics at Cornell University, has significant experience in the characterization of superconducting materials. Her toolbox of techniques enables imaging the properties of these materials so they can be better tuned to application at scale.

“My lab brings expertise in a pretty unique way to image the relevant materials and structures,” Nowack said. “We specialize in a type of magnetic imaging at low temperatures that we typically use to explore emergent phenomena in quantum materials. But it so happens that our imaging is well-suited to help develop a greater understanding of the fundamentals of the materials involved in SCD electronics. This is a critical need to advance the kind of technology we pursue in this project.”

“There’s potential for 100X improvement,” said Quentin Herr. “Ours is a very aggressive project, but one that’s extremely important because computing permeates all of our lives and continues to expand.”

Ever-faster computing would further revolutionize the promise of AI.

“AI needs large datasets and six-month-long learning cycles on energy-hungry computing systems today,” said Anna Herr. “Our proposed technology will allow energy-efficient learning much faster on real-time data closer to human rates of learning.”

Reaching that goal, however, won’t happen overnight.

“Eventually,” said Valente-Feliciano, “the materials and technology are going to mature to where they can be implemented in devices useful for the community at large. Of course, this will happen in stages — you’re not going to find a computer like that on the shelf tomorrow. But you can imagine it can be used for experiments and larger data centers.

“It is exciting to see the development of such a concept using our research in innovative materials coming to reality and being used in the future by society. It will take a long time, but that is our vision.”

Accelerating innovation

DOE’s larger goal with its Accelerate initiative is to fuel innovation in basic research so that new materials and technologies can be scaled and transitioned into new products and capabilities to enhance the country’s economic health and security.

“This research will integrate novel concepts and approaches in use-inspired basic research to address gaps or challenges that limit the ultimate transition to applied research for further development and demonstration,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, director of DOE’s Office of Science, in announcing the grants. “Achieving these research goals will greatly accelerate the innovation cycle, which currently can take years to decades to realize.”

The 11 funded projects are supported by the Office of Science programs in Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and the DOE Isotope Program.

Each project is led by a national laboratory with partners from other national labs, industries and universities, often including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

This project is one of several at Jefferson Lab that aims to apply the lab’s expertise in niche technologies toward innovations that will have a positive impact on society. It is supported by DOE’s Offices of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Nuclear Physics. Learn more about opportunities for partnering with Jefferson Lab in our Technology Transfer pages.

Further Reading
Department of Energy Announces $73 Million for Basic Research to Accelerate the Transition from Discovery to Commercialization

By Tamara Dietrich

Contact: Kandice Carter, Jefferson Lab Communications Office, 757-269-7263, kcarter@jlab.org

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Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit https://energy.gov/science

Summary: A multidisciplinary team led by Jefferson Lab and including imec, NY CREATES, and Cornell University has been selected by DOE to advance a superconducting approach to advanced computer chip technology. The team will explore concepts to use new superconducting materials and structures in ultra-energy-efficient Superconducting Digital (SCD) electronics aimed at emerging artificial intelligence and quantum computing technologies.

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GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES $10 BILLION PARTNERSHIP TO BRING NEXT-GENERATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO NY CREATES’ ALBANY NANOTECH COMPLEX

GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES $10 BILLION PARTNERSHIP TO BRING NEXT-GENERATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO NY CREATES’ ALBANY NANOTECH COMPLEX

Albany NanoTech Will House North America’s First and Only Publicly Owned High NA Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography Center – Bringing the Future of Advanced Semiconductor Research & Manufacturing to New York’s Capital Region

Project Will Unlock Transformative Benefits Including Thousands of New Direct, Indirect, and Union Construction Jobs and Strong Commitments to Workforce Development and Sustainability 

Partnership Includes Significant Private Investment From IBM, Micron, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron and Other Industry Leaders That Will Integrate Cutting-Edge Chipmaking Technology into Their R&D Efforts 

Builds on Governor Hochul’s Agenda to Establish a Global Hub for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Innovation Upstate

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a $10 billion partnership with leaders from the semiconductor industry such as IBM, Micron, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and others to establish a next-generation semiconductor research and development center at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex. The partnership will fund the construction of a cutting-edge High NA Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography Center – the first and only publicly owned High NA EUV Center in North America – that will support the research and development of the world’s most complex and powerful semiconductors. In addition to the transformative investment in New York’s Capital Region, this partnership will make New York State home to the nation’s most advanced, publicly owned semiconductor R&D infrastructure, support the long-term growth of New York’s tech economy, and create and retain thousands of direct, indirect, and union construction jobs.

“This $10 billion partnership to bring innovative chips research to the Capital Region should send a message to the entire industry: New York is open for business,” Governor Hochul said. “From our Green CHIPS legislation to Micron’s historic investment and the creation of GO-SEMI, we’re building the future of semiconductor research right here in New York. This industry is creating real opportunity in our state with major regional investments, countless new jobs, and bold commitments to workforce development and sustainability, and my administration will keep working with elected and industry leaders to make New York a global chipmaking superpower.”

Under this new initiative, NY CREATES will acquire and install a High NA EUV lithography tool, designed and manufactured by ASML, at its Albany NanoTech Complex, where industry partners including Micron, IBM, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and others will use the most advanced semiconductor equipment ever made. Once built, New York’s High NA EUV Center will position the state as a destination for research and development of the innovative chip technology that powers nearly every smartphone, tablet, laptop, and computer server today. The Center will also foster international partnerships as world-renowned research organizations expand their presence here, drawing businesses from around the globe. 

In addition, this partnership will significantly enhance New York State’s position as a leading candidate to secure anchor hub status under the federal National Semiconductor Technology Center, a designation with the potential to unlock more than $11 billion in federal CHIPS and Science Act funding. 

This project will create at least 700 new direct jobs and retain thousands of jobs, leverage at least $9 billion in private spending and investment, and establish significant commitments to support and build talent development pipelines, including through partnerships with the State University of New York. Partners have committed to either expanding or initiating support for workforce development programming, including investments in SUNY, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and other public and private workforce development activities; K-12 STEM academic programs; training, internships, and experiential learning to undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and related STEM fields, and academic research partnerships.

NY CREATES and industry partners have also agreed to a range of sustainability commitments throughout the construction and operational phases of the project that are closely aligned with New York’s nation-leading Green CHIPS program, including use of best available technology for greenhouse gas emission reduction; prioritization of renewable energy, with preference for New York sources; and pursuit of minimum Gold LEED status certification for new buildings related to the project. Additionally, partners are committed to integrating sustainability as a primary goal of R&D activities, including sustainable semiconductor manufacturing processes, materials use, waste reuse and reclamation, and fab design. Through this new focus, the High NA EUV Center is positioned to become a global leader in the development of sustainable and climate-friendly semiconductor manufacturing processes and technology.

To support this project, New York State is investing $1 billion to expand the Albany NanoTech Complex with the establishment of the High NA EUV Center through the purchase of ASML’s EXE:5200 High NA EUV scanner, as well as the construction ofNanoFab Reflection, a new, highly sophisticated building with more than 50,000 sq. ft. of cleanroom space that will encourage future partner growth and support new initiatives like the National Semiconductor Technology Center, National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, and Department of Defense Microelectronics Commons program, the latter of which was recently awarded to New York State. The project will create an estimated peak of 500 to 600 union construction jobs at prevailing wage during the two-year construction phase.

The project is critical to further growing NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex. In addition to creating 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art cleanroom space at Albany NanoTech, it is anticipated that this investment opens the door to the construction of additional future cleanroom space to enable the projected long-term growth of new and existing collaborations spurred by the High-NA EUV Center and federal initiatives.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “This is a landmark day for the Capital Region. With this groundbreaking $10 billion public-private partnership, spurred by my CHIPS and Science Act, industry has made it clear: the Albany NanoTech Complex is home to America’s semiconductor R&D future. This historic partnership will bring the most cutting-edge machinery in the world to Upstate NY, helping make discoveries that engineers today cannot even fathom – ensuring the U.S. leads the world in semiconductor innovation and manufacturing and bringing us closer to turning science fiction into reality by producing microchips smaller than a nanometer, right here in the Capital Region. This $10 billion means hundreds of new high-paying tech and construction jobs, along with scientists and leading companies from around the world turning to the Capital Region as the place where they conduct their research. I wrote the CHIPS & Science Act because I knew it would be transformative for Upstate New York, which was perfectly suited to bring this industry that is vital to America’s national security and economic future back from overseas. Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York has not only answered the call put out by the feds, but helped create a national model with unprecedented investment in every corner of Upstate NY and today’s announcement is just the latest example of how New York is leading our nation in developing the next generation of technology.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “This investment in Albany NanoTech will reinforce New York’s position as a global leader in semiconductor research and development. This next-generation research and development center will be the only facility of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and will draw in major businesses from around the world, grow the state’s tech economy, and potentially unlock billions in federal investments to the Capital Region. Establishing this new semiconductor center will also bolster our national security, allowing the United States to develop the world’s most complex and powerful semiconductors right at home. I am proud to see this partnership come to life and look forward to continuing to work to make the Capital Region a global leader in semiconductor research and manufacturing.”

Representative Paul Tonko said, “I’ve long pushed for strong investments in our chips manufacturing to strengthen our domestic supply chains, create good-paying jobs, and lower costs for American consumers. Thanks to that effort and provisions in our CHIPS and Science Act, our Capital Region – already home to a robust network of chip manufacturers, state of the art research facilities, and educational institutions – is poised to lead the nation in this sector, driving innovation and strengthening our economy. This partnership builds upon the pioneering spirit of innovation that our region has long represented. I’m grateful to all those whose dedication is enabling further development and growth in this industry.”

IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna said, “At the New York State Albany NanoTech Complex, IBM and our partners are leading the world in semiconductor R&D advances that make chips smaller, more powerful, and more energy efficient. The new High NA EUV Center at Albany NanoTech will secure a strong pipeline for semiconductor innovation, keeping New York State at the center of semiconductor expertise, accelerating the growth of the global chip industry and helping to meet manufacturing demand for new technologies such as generative AI. IBM is proud to call New York State our home, and to support this critical investment towards new breakthroughs in semiconductor technology.”

Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, said, “The High NA EUV Center at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex is a critical step in advancing next-generation semiconductor R&D in America and will put New York at the forefront of future innovation and technology leadership. One of the key factors that made New York the ideal future home for our megafab was the state’s history of semiconductor development and manufacturing and the strong opportunities for R&D ecosystem collaboration that Micron can help scale with our memory technology leadership. Alongside our state and federal partners and with critical funding support from the CHIPS and Science Act, we look forward to building and training a highly skilled talent pipeline through North America’s first and only High NA EUV Center.”

Semiconductor Products Group at Applied Materials President Prabu Raja said, “We are pleased to see continued investments to strengthen the chipmaking R&D ecosystem in New York State. At our Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator (META Center) at Albany NanoTech, Applied is collaborating with customers to pioneer new semiconductor materials, structures and devices for improving chip performance and energy efficiency. Expanding the footprint and capabilities of the NanoTech campus will build upon our longstanding partnership with New York State and provide another avenue to accelerate the time from concept to commercialization of next-generation chipmaking technologies.”

Tokyo Electron (TEL) President and CEO Tony Kawai said, “We are looking forward to continuing our decades-long partnership with New York State through the opening of the new R&D center at the Albany NanoTech Complex. High NA EUV is the semiconductor industry’s most advanced manufacturing technology, and TEL is excited to contribute to the development of the global semiconductor industry and the innovation in this space that this new development will spur.”

ASML President and CEO Peter Wennink said, “We are proud that ASML tools enable our customers to produce the chips the world needs. This significant investment by New York in cutting-edge High NA EUV technology will fuel innovation in our ecosystem and accelerate chipmakers’ ability to manufacture tomorrow’s more advanced chips faster and more cost-effectively.”

Establishing a Global Semiconductor Hub in New York State
Governor Hochul has maintained a strong commitment to building a modern economy in New York State by growing the semiconductor industry and attracting innovative businesses that create good paying, 21st century jobs. In October 2022, after signing New York’s first-in-the-nation Green CHIPS legislation to build a thriving, sustainable chips industry, the Governor announced an historic $100 billion investment from Micron to establish a state-of-the-art leading-edge memory manufacturing campus in Central New York that will create 50,000 jobs. Since signing Green CHIPS, the Governor has also announced major investments from several other semiconductor manufacturers and companies from the semiconductor supply chain, including AMD, Edwards Vacuum, and TTM Technologies to expand their presence in New York.

In her 2023 State of the State address, Governor Hochul announced the creation of the $45 million Governor’s Office of Semiconductor Expansion, Manufacturing, and Integration, known as GO-SEMI, to oversee the state’s efforts to continue to grow the industry. 

New York’s Albany NanoTech Complex
The Albany NanoTech Complex, owned and operated by the non-profit New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science, or NY CREATES, is the most advanced, publicly-owned 300 mm semiconductor R&D facility in North America and has been at the forefront of semiconductor innovation for more than two decades. The site currently houses the current generation of EUV lithography equipment, which IBM recently used to produce the world’s first 2 nanometer chip technology – the smallest scale ever developed. The High NA EUV Center will bring the next generation of EUV equipment to Albany NanoTech and firmly establish New York as the epicenter of leading-edge semiconductor R&D. 

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “New York State has invested billions of dollars over the last several years to make Albany NanoTech the most advanced publicly owned semiconductor research and development center in North America and this is the next step in its evolution. This investment will literally catapult New York State to the forefront of semiconductor R&D and continue our efforts to make New York State the semiconductor capital of the nation. We are also ensuring that sustainability and workforce development opportunities are a priority so that the next generation of New Yorkers are well placed for opportunities in this industry.”

NY CREATES President Dave Anderson said, “Governor Hochul’s vision to make New York State the epicenter for semiconductor-based R&D is undoubtedly coming to fruition as a result of today’s historic investment by New York and our industry partners. This funding will support construction of the new NanoFab Reflection building at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex to house the world’s most advanced, next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography equipment. As a result of this historic investment, under the leadership of Governor Hochul and the continued and tireless support from Senate Majority Leader Schumer, NY CREATES and our partners will secure our place at the forefront of global chip development for years to come. This expansion sets the stage for long-term growth and new job opportunities here and throughout the state, contributing significantly to the nation’s innovation economy and demonstrating why the Albany NanoTech Complex is ready to host the critically important National Semiconductor Technology Center.”

Imec President and CEO Luc Van den hove said, “Imec is pleased to support the High NA EUV Center to be set up at the Albany NanoTech Complex. This initiative will speed up the industrial adoption of the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology in the U.S. The introduction of High NA EUV needs radical innovations on the process side. To anticipate this in a proactive way, imec has set up a joint high-NA EUV lab with ASML, built around the very first high-NA scanner. Working closely with the global patterning ecosystem, we are preparing the process innovations and de-risking the technology. and we are eager to work with the partners at NY CREATES on this complementary strategic effort to push the boundaries of chip scaling and performance.”

View original news release here; view a transcript of the announcement event, video, and photos here.

 

News Coverage

New York Times: New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research
Wall Street Journal: New York Joins IBM, Micron in $10 Billion Chip Research Complex
New York Post: New York state teaming up with IBM, Micron to invest in $10 billion chip research complex
Times Union: IBM, Micron to headline $10 billion chip research program in Albany
Syracuse Post-Standard: $10 billion cutting-edge semiconductor research center coming to Albany
Albany Business Review: New York, chip firms to invest $10B at Albany NanoTech
CBS6: Landmark $10 billion investment to boost research at Albany NanoTech
Spectrum News: Hochul: $10 billion going to semiconductor research, development center at Albany NanoTech Complex
WTEN: $10 Billion semiconductor infrastructure coming to Albany
WNYT: Huge partnership expected to help put Albany at forefront of nanotech
WAMC: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announces $10 billion partnership at Albany NanoTech Complex
CNN: New York plans a $10 billion chip research center with IBM, Micron and others
Daily Gazette: Hochul: State, tech industry to collaborate on Albany chip research center
$10B Earmarked for Development of Extreme-UV Lithography Center | Business | Dec 2023 | Photonics Spectra
Micron’s local work will benefit from research investment and really big machine in Albany (localsyr.com)

 

‘NY CREATES president: Albany primed for semiconductor growth’ – Albany Business Review

'NY CREATES president: Albany primed for semiconductor growth' - Albany Business Review

‘NY CREATES president: Albany primed for semiconductor growth’ – Albany Business Review

Albany Business Review

“What potential do you see in Albany as a player in the semiconductor industry?

“The capabilities that we have here are the most advanced we have in the
country today. But the potential for going even further is enormous
today because of the CHIPS Act, because of the new applications and the
technologies that will drive them. We have the capabilities to help a
broad spectrum of industry partners get to where they want to go from a
research standpoint, and engaging with the SUNY system and the
universities always drives new technologies. And so our capabilities are
fantastic. Our expansion and potential for expansion into the future is
going to be right in line with the industry growth.”

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The Capitol Pressroom: NY CREATES Hopes to Steer State’s High-Tech Future

The Capital Pressroom Coverage Article - Cleanroom Image

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.