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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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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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

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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
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NY CREATES AND PSIQUANTUM JOIN FORCES FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

NY CREATES AND PSIQUANTUM JOIN FORCES FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

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.

Integrated photonics 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.”

 

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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. 

About PsiQuantum
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.

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News Release: SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM SOUTH KOREA PRESIDENT YOON FOR KOREA TO PARTNER WITH NY CREATES’ ALBANY NANOTECH COMPLEX FOR ADVANCED SEMICONDUCTOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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.

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NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Statement on NSTC Board Selection

NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Statement on NSTC Board Selection

“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.”

-Dave Anderson
NY CREATES President

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SCHUMER, HOCHUL ANNOUNCE NEW YORK RECEIVES FIRST-EVER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MICROELECTRONICS COMMONS HUB, DELIVERING $40 MILLION FEDERAL INVESTMENT

SCHUMER, HOCHUL ANNOUNCE NEW YORK RECEIVES FIRST-EVER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MICROELECTRONICS COMMONS HUB, DELIVERING $40 MILLION FEDERAL INVESTMENT

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SCHUMER, HOCHUL ANNOUNCE NEW YORK RECEIVES FIRST-EVER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MICROELECTRONICS COMMONS HUB, DELIVERING $40 MILLION FEDERAL INVESTMENT – FIRST MAJOR AWARD FROM SCHUMER’S CHIPS & SCIENCE ACT – TO BOLSTER NEW YORK’S BOOMING SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY AND TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF NY’S TECH WORKFORCE TO SUPPORT AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY

NORDTech, A Consortium Of NY Defense And Semiconductor Manufacturing Powerhouses Including NY CREATES, UAlbany, Cornell University, RPI, IBM And More, Is Among First In The Nation To Tap Major Fed Investment From Schumer’s CHIPS And Science Act

Schumer Created DoD’s Microelectronic Commons Program To Encourage Commercialization Of Key Tech For U.S. Microelectronics And Designers, Bringing R&D From ‘Lab To Fab’ To Launch New Companies, Support The NY Semiconductor Workforce, And Secure This Critical Technology For National Security

Schumer: We Are Building Future Of America’s Semiconductor Industry Here In NY— And Now First Major Award From CHIPS & Science Act Is Here To Supercharge New York’s Chip Companies And Workforce!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a New Yorkbased consortium has been awarded $40 million from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Microelectronic Commons Program.  This funding is one of the first major CHIPS awards from Schumer’s CHIPS & Science Act and will establish the infrastructure of the hub, allowing partners to bolster workforce training programs for the semiconductor industry and add new state-of-the-art microelectronics equipment.

The consortium, known as the Northeast Regional Defense Technology Hub (NORDTech), led by NY CREATES, the University at Albany’s College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering (CNSE), Cornell University, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and IBM, will bring together academia, industry, and government organizations to help supercharge New York’s booming chips industry to spur innovation, attract new companies, strengthen the workforce, and bolster this industry, which is vital to America’s national security.

“This first-ever Department of Defense Microelectronics Commons Hub award is booster fuel for the rocket that is Upstate New York’s booming microchip manufacturing industry. With New York as one of the first major CHIPS awards recipients, it is clear the feds are recognizing what I have long known, New York is the home of America’s semiconductor future. This $40 million Microelectronic Commons Hub will make sure research is turned into new companies and new jobs and supercharge New York’s semiconductor workforce, adding new state-of-the-art lab equipment to facilities across the state, and bringing new discoveries from lab to fab,” said Senator Schumer. “With the first major funding from my CHIPS & Science law on the way, there is no greater glowing welcome sign to say New York will be America’s semiconductor superhighway. And this is just the start! From the Capital Region to Central NY to New York City, this major award from the Department of Defense will help us seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in cutting-edge semiconductor technology and to train our workers to make major chip investments in the state like Micron and GlobalFoundries’ proposed expansion a success and ensure the next major breakthroughs for semiconductors are discovered here in New York State.”

“This transformative federal grant is not only a major investment in New York’s chips ecosystem – it’s an acknowledgment of everything we’ve accomplished so far to establish Chips Country in our state,” Governor Hochul said. “From our groundbreaking Green CHIPS legislation to Micron’s historic $100 billion commitment for a new campus creating 50,000 jobs in Central New York, we are laying the groundwork for a global hub for semiconductor businesses right here in New York State. I thank Majority Leader Schumer for his leadership in passing the federal CHIPS and Science Act and his help in securing this funding, and I look forward to a continued partnership with all of the local, state, and federal stakeholders as we advance our mission to bring the jobs and the businesses of the future to New York.”

This funding comes from the $2 billion CHIPS for America Defense Fund which Schumer helped establish in his CHIPS & Science Act. Schumer first successfully authorized the creation of the DoD Microelectronics Commons program as part of the authorization of the first-ever federal chips incentives and R&D programs in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2021.  Schumer then included in his U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) $52 billion in mandatory funding to implement these incentive and R&D programs, including $2 billion for the DoD Microelectronics Commons program. After passing the Senate in June 2021, USICA was eventually combined with similar House-passed legislation to become the CHIPS and Science Act, which was signed into law in August 2022.

Schumer wrote to Defense Secretary Austin in support of the consortium and pulled out all the stops to deliver this support for NORDTech, including also personally calling the Defense Secretary to advocate for the proposal. He explained that with the funding, NORDTech, along with over 60 regional partners across the Northeast, will leverage their resources to sustain technology leadership and strengthen the New York regional ecosystem in semiconductors. NORDTech was one of eight hubs selected nationwide.

The $40 million in Department of Defense funds announced today will establish the NORDTech Hub infrastructure and processes. This will include new semiconductor-focused capital equipment located at several NORDTech member sites across New York State, as well as the people and processes that will rapidly make these key capabilities easily accessible to NORDTech members who conduct DoD-prioritized technical projects and workforce training opportunities. The membership includes NY CREATES at the Albany NanoTech Complex, University at Albany, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, Cornell University, the Griffiss Institute, Mohawk Valley Community College, the NY CREATES Test Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility located in Rochester, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and many more.

As an awardee of this competition to help establish the national Microelectronics Commons, the NORDTech Hub enables its member participants to pursue further funding through subsequent DoD funding opportunities for multi-million-dollar investment in microelectronics prototyping projects and workforce development activities. The senator said this investment is a force multiplier in New York State, because those small, medium, and large employers can then use the distributed NORDTech Hub in the Microelectronics Commons network to achieve technical project goals and workforce goals, helping launch next-generation semiconductor-based technology in a range of industries, and is delivering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to launch rewarding, highly skilled careers across the semiconductor supply network in New York State.

Schumer said this funding will also help lay the groundwork to ensure ongoing semiconductor projects are a success and to land additional federal funding for opportunities like becoming the major hub of the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) in the Capital Region at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex. Schumer has long said that the Albany NanoTech Complex is the most “shovel-ready” R&D facility in the country and ready to quickly stand up the NSTC. The multibillion-dollar Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced, publicly-owned, 300-millimeter semiconductor R&D facility in North America, has well-established partnerships with industry leaders, workforce training providers, and top academic research institutions across the country, including in critical logic and packaging capabilities, and is set up to immediately begin supporting the needs of the broader semiconductor ecosystem, including startups, small businesses, and the workforce. The site and its partners have a long record of accomplishment of groundbreaking research that has led to successful technology transfer, translating research into manufacturing.

Schumer has fought tirelessly to uplift the Capital Region and Upstate New York as a major hub to lead the nation in semiconductor manufacturing and research. Early this year, Schumer personally invited NY CREATES President David 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 and 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.

The DoD’s Microelectronic Commons, funded by Schumer’s CHIPS and Science Act, is a network of microelectronics R&D infrastructure investments, including facilities, support for an ecosystem of companies of all sizes, and workforce development designed to empower industry and researchers in working with the DoD’s efforts in microelectronics development. With the creation of regional ecosystems funded by the DoD program, each focusing on key technology areas, the Microelectronics Commons will close the gap between research ideas and realization of those ideas, translating more research into new technology, new companies, and expansion of existing companies. The Commons is designed to enable sustained partnerships between emerging technology sources, manufacturing facilities, and interagency partners. It also works to develop a pipeline of talent to bolster local semiconductor economies and contribute more broadly to the growth of a domestic semiconductor workforce. Learn more at www.nordtechub.org.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York State is building for the future with strategic investments in next-generation technologies and workforce development to promote sustainable economic growth. This Department of Defense grant – and the collaborative efforts of the NORDTech partners – will strengthen our continued buildout of this dynamic industry, and we’re grateful to Senator Schumer and our federal partners for their support.”

Dave Anderson, President of NY CREATES said, “On behalf of NY CREATES, we are extremely grateful for the incredible leadership of Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Governor Hochul, who have both laid the groundwork for this exciting announcement through their continued delivery of strategic semiconductor-centered investments which have contributed to U.S. competitiveness while making our state the preeminent innovation hub in the nation. As a result of today’s announcement, we look forward to building the Northeast Defense Technology Hub in the Microelectronics Commons region in and around New York State with our partners, including the University at Albany’s CNSE, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and IBM. Initiatives like this are not only significant in and of themselves, but they also further foster growth of New York’s established high-tech ecosystem by leveraging our world-class semiconductor-focused resources, capabilities, and facilities to secure the future of microelectronics for the nation.”

“New York is home to one of America’s premier semiconductor ecosystems, delivering breakthroughs that have made chips more powerful, smaller, greener and ready for the era of artificial intelligence. IBM is proud to play a key part in that ecosystem alongside several of New York’s world class research universities. Our work together in this new Department of Defense Microelectronics Commons Hub will solidify the state’s role at the forefront of chip innovation. This leadership only happens through the hard work of leaders like Majority Leader Schumer, Governor Hochul and others,” said Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM.

“This is tremendous news for Upstate New York and for the next generation of high-tech talent across the state,” said Heather Hage, President, and CEO of Griffiss Institute.  “Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the tireless legislative work of Senator Schumer on last year’s CHIPS and Science legislation, and we thank him for his continued advocacy to help grow New York’s high-tech economy.  I would also like to thank Governor Hochul for her support of our vision for NORDTech, as well as the vote of confidence shown in our region by the Pentagon.  This new investment by our nation’s military demonstrates clearly that Upstate New York has what it takes to build the workforce of the future in highly secure, leading-edge semiconductor technology.  I’m proud the Griffiss Institute will contribute to this effort by leveraging our work with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate to help connect the Department of Defense with the world-class research and education capabilities across New York, with a focus on leading high-tech small businesses in emerging technologies such as quantum information science that will be critical to the next generation of microelectronics.”

“NORDTech is a great example of how academia, companies of all sizes, and economic development teamwork will enhance the future of the semiconductor industry in the U.S.,” notes Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Vice President for Research & Innovation at Cornell University. “Cornell appreciates the strong support of Senator Schumer and Governor Hochul to grow this field of research, discovery, translation and inclusive workforce creation across New York, and recognizes the contributions of the many researchers, technical staff, and organizations who built the NORDTech proposal to the Department of Defense. We look forward to working together to convert the potential energy of the MicroElectronic Commons Hubs into the kinetic energy of prototyping and outcomes for new semiconductor-intensive technologies and the expanded workforce that will create them.”

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. said, “Our thanks to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Governor Hochul for providing the leadership and direction needed to drive growth in semiconductor research and development across our state. SUNY’s colleges and universities, powered by NY CREATES and UAlbany’s CNSE, are well positioned for this opportunity because we have state-of-the-art facilities hosting groundbreaking research, excellent faculty and researchers creating innovation, and strong workforce development programs preparing New Yorkers for in-demand careers. We are grateful for the significant investment announced today, and proud of our role in the NORDTech consortium.”

University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez said, “This is extraordinary news for the Capital Region, and the University at Albany is proud to be a part of the consortium that will strengthen and expand New York’s semiconductor sector. Albany NanoTech was early proof of the wisdom of NORDTech’s ‘lab to fab’ approach to microelectronic and semiconductor materials research, and CNSE has been an integral part of that success for nearly two decades. Now, thanks to the leadership of Sen. Schumer, Gov. Hochul and NY CREATES, UAlbany-CNSE stands ready to help ensure New York and the nation remain at the leading edge of semiconductor advances.”

Martin A. Schmidt, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said, “The next generation of microelectronics will be born in New York State. We are proud to be among the founding members of this consortium and are ready to get to work with our partners in higher education, industry, the Capital Region and beyond to make New York a leader in chips innovation. We thank Senator Schumer and Governor Hochul for their continued support and leadership to make this vision a reality.”

“I knew the CHIPS and Science Act would be a game-changer for our region — already a hub of innovation — to become the center of semiconductor resurgence for our nation and a key driver in this critical industry,” Congressman Paul Tonko said. “That’s why I pushed hard to advance this key legislation alongside Majority Leader Schumer and our leading semiconductor manufacturing institutes. I’m thrilled to see this critical investment now being delivered. This funding, made possible through our CHIPS Act, will enable our centers of research, learning, and development to explode in potential, strengthening our economy and creating good paying jobs right here in our region and beyond. As we celebrate this historic announcement, I will continue pushing for federal action to deliver on the promise of a high-tech innovation economy hub in the Capital Region.”

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve fought for federal investment opportunities in innovation for our community,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “This investment out of the CHIPS & Science Act is an exciting step forward in the fight to reestablish the US as a global leader of innovation, and it is no surprise the Finger Lakes Region is included in the first major award. I’m grateful to Senator Schumer for his leadership and collaboration and look forward to continued regional investments.”

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U.S. Department of Defense News Release: Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks Announces $238M CHIPS and Science Act Award

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WRGB CBS6 News: New York consortium lands $40 million CHIPS grant to advance semiconductor industry

Daily Gazette: New York receives $40 million to boost semiconductor industry from CHIPS and Science Act

IBM Newsroom Post: IBM CEO Statement on Landmark U.S. Semiconductor Funding in New York State

Central New York Business Journal: DoD awards New York–based consortium $40 million for semiconductor-workforce training, equipment

Times Union: New York consortium wins $40 million from CHIPS Act

Forbes: US DoD Awards $40M To NORDTech Hub For Microelectronics Research

 

Workforce Training Program Facilitates Manufacturing Careers at NY CREATES’ Gigafactory New York, Home to Tesla

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Buffalo, NY – The Northland Workforce Training Center, along with New York lawmakers, Tesla and members of the greater Buffalo community, are celebrating the first-ever graduating class of Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program.

In partnership with Northland Workforce Training Center, Tesla Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program is designed to prepare graduating high school seniors in Western New York with the financial resources, coursework, and experience needed to launch successful careers in manufacturing and clean energy.

The Tesla Gigafactory is owned and supported by NY CREATES, which leads innovation-focused state-of-the-art research, development, and production centers across New York State, and, coupled with workforce development efforts and leading-edge R&D resources and capabilities, drives economic opportunities across a growing high-tech ecosystem.

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Northland Workforce Training Center Celebrates Inaugural Class of Manufacturing Development Program Graduates

Graduation Ceremony Commemorates the Achievements of 13 Manufacturing Development Program Students as They Embark on Careers in Manufacturing and Clean Energy as Full-Time Gigafactory New York Employees

Buffalo, NY – Today, Northland Workforce Training Center, along with New York lawmakers, Tesla and members of the greater Buffalo community, gathered with immense pride to celebrate the first-ever graduating class of Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program.  

In partnership with Northland Workforce Training Center, Tesla Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program is designed to prepare graduating high school seniors in Western New York with the financial resources, coursework, and experience needed to launch successful careers in manufacturing and clean energy.

“The Manufacturing Development Program underscores the importance of investing in our local workforce and ensuring that the next generation of Western New Yorkers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs that companies like Tesla are bringing to our region,” said Stephen Tucker, President and CEO of the Northland Workforce Training Program. “I am incredibly proud of what these hard-working students have learned and accomplished during their time in the Manufacturing Development Program and look forward to their continued success as they take the next steps in their manufacturing careers here at Gigafactory New York”  

“I am excited to get to work, but also thankful that the program offered me an opportunity to learn a set of transferable skills that will help me throughout my career,” said Shytaneara Porter. “This is an opportunity to work in a rapidly growing clean energy sector that will benefit my local community and New York State’s broader transition to clean energy options.”

This year’s inaugural graduating class of 13 students has not only completed their intensive training but are now poised to contribute their skills and enthusiasm as full-time Production Associates at Gigafactory in New York.  

“Tesla’s partnership with the Northland Workforce Training Center is critical to developing local talent for great careers in advanced manufacturing and energy,” said Tope Ogunniyi, Senior Manager for Gigafactory New York Operations. “We are proud to partner with Northland to develop the workforce of the future. This marks the beginning of MDP at Gigafactory New York, and our intention is to continue to expand this program to more Buffalonians. The thirteen graduates we are celebrating today are getting more than a job, they are getting a pathway to a rewarding career that will impact New York State’s ability to meet its clean energy goals. It is an exciting day for them, for Tesla and for the City of Buffalo.”

“Congratulations to the graduates of Tesla’s Manufacturing Development Program. Your hard work has paid off, you will now become a part of Buffalo’s growing manufacturing industry,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “Thank you to Tesla, for joining forces with the Northland Workforce Training Center to help create a pathway to success for our local workforce.”

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The Northland Workforce Training Center serves as a hub for advanced manufacturing education and workforce development, nurturing skilled talent in Buffalo, New York, and empowering individuals to embark on successful careers in high-demand industries.