The historical timeline highlights our R&D activity over the past three decades, starting with the founding of the New York Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology in 1993. Since then, the organization has evolved through many stages under different identities and grown to become the dynamic government, industry and academic collaborative initiative that is NY CREATES.
Governor Mario Cuomo designates Albany site as a Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), establishing the NYS Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology
Leveraging a $10 million investment. This is the first major New York State investment in the Albany site and would enable further investment, as the program merges with the CAT in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics.
NYS Leaders commit $5 million in State funds to match a $45 million commitment from DARPA to establish the Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology (CAIST)
The Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology (CAIST) at the Albany site that is now headquarters of NY CREATES. This $50 million program launched the Focus Center New York, with partners at University of Albany, RPI, Georgia Tech, Stanford and MIT.
Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (CENN) a fully-integrated technology deployment, product prototyping, manufacturing support, and workforce training resource for emerging generations of integrated circuitry (IC).
NYS Leaders formally commit to the Albany site that is now headquarters of NY CREATES as the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology (CENN) a fully-integrated technology deployment, product prototyping, manufacturing support, and workforce training resource for emerging generations of integrated circuitry (IC).
Investment by Tokyo Electron in the new Tokyo Electron Technology Center Americas at the Albany headquarters of NY CREATES.
NYS Leadership announces major investment in new supply chain and equipment development with an investment by Tokyo Electron in the new Tokyo Electron Technology Center Americas at the Albany headquarters of NY CREATES. This $600 million investment transforms the facilities and programs in Albany with a renewed focus on the equipment industry, supply chain interconnectivity, and technology excellence in metrology and product development.
International SEMATECH announces it will establish its next generation 300 millimeter computer chip research and development program at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at the Albany site.
With a major investment by New York State and industry partners, International SEMATECH announces it will establish its next generation 300mm computer chip research and development program at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at the Albany site. This investment includes $400 million in State and Industry support over five years, consisting of $210 million from the State and $193 million from International SEMATECH and its member companies, including IBM. This collaborative investment by the State and industry set the stage for later relocation from Austin to Albany.
$600 million International Venture for Nanolithography (INVENT) is created at the Albany headquarters of NY CREATES.
With investments from NYS, AMD, IBM, Micron and Infineon, the $600 million International Venture for Nanolithography (INVENT) is created at the Albany headquarters of NY CREATES. This international collaboration featured NYS investments of $180 million and industry invest of more than $420 million to develop the industry’s next major breakthrough in nanolithography.
Industry and NYS leaders announce the creation of the Center for Semiconductor Research (CSR), a $500 million partnership
Leading companies in the semiconductor industry will participate in this multi-phase, joint R&D cooperative program on future computer chip technology nodes beginning with the 32nm computer chip device node includes major industry partners such as IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, SONY, Toshiba, Tokyo Electron, and Applied Materials.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has committed to building state of the art chip fabrication plant in nearby Malta, at the Luther Forest Technology Campus.
NYS and industry leaders announce major commitment at NY CREATES Albany Headquarters that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has committed to building state of the art chip fabrication plant in nearby Malta, at the Luther Forest Technology Campus. With NYS investment of more than $1.2 billion, AMD agrees to invest $2 billion and create 2,000 jobs at the site. At the announcement, industry leaders tout New York’s ongoing investment in the people, programs, research, and facilities at what is now NY CREATES as the major driver of the investment. AMD spun off their manufacturing shortly after this announcement to create GLOBALFOUNDRIES. ..Read More
IBM and New York leaders announce a new commitment at the Albany NY CREATES location to support a $125 million packaging facility – the Computer Chip Hybrid Integration Partnership (CHIP). The new program will advance innovation, education and commercialization of computer chips in upstate New York. The Albany research center will partner with companies such as IBM and SEMATECH to develop “system on a chip” (SOC) technologies.
NYS and industry leaders announce a new commitment of $300 million to support the next round of International SEMATECH North for five more years.
NYS Leaders and Tokyo Electron announce $300 million investment in the TEL Technology Center America II
NYS Leaders and Tokyo Electron announce $300 million investment in the TEL Technology Center America II, a renewal of the major supply chain R&D initiative at the NY CREATES Albany site. This commitment renews the investment in the site by TEL for another seven years.
The G450C is announced by NYS leaders and industry leaders, including Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. GlobalFoundries and IBM
This five year commitment focused on the major industry technology challenge of that era – exploring the transition to 450mm wafers. NYS commits $400 million to leverage another $3.7 billion of industry investment to explore this massive industry challenge.
In partnership with MIT design start up, Analog Photonics, Albany facility develops first working Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) on 300mm silicon
New York and IBM invest another $300 million to renew the commitment to the Center for Semiconductor Research (CSR), extending the agreement for research and development for another seven years.
International SEMATECH and State leaders commit to $300 million to fund another five years of advanced manufacturing R&D
Members of International SEMATECH and State leaders commit to a third round of the SEMATECH North program, investing $300 million to fund another five years of advanced manufacturing R&D at the NY CREATES Albany headquarters.
Cisco systems signs agreement to develop their next generation 100Gigabit transcievers in Albany facilty.
The formation of the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC), with GE as a lead partner, will help develop the next generation of materials used on semiconductors at the NY CREATES facilities in Albany. NY CREATES is providing support for operations, manufacturing and research and development activities of the NY-PEMC Silicon Carbide manufacturing line that will develop low cost, high performance 150 mm silicon carbide wafers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announces NY CREATES Partners Nikon and Tokyo Electron announce world’s first 450mm immersion photolithography tool
This critical milestone will enable G450C founding members and CNSE to perform 10 nanometer (1 nanometer is a billionth of a meter) and smaller size photolithography on full silicon wafers, while optimizing tool configuration and performance.
Work begins on superconducting quantum computing device fabrication leveraging advanced 300mm process tools.
Albany and Rochester selected as headquarters for the next National Manufacturing Institute to advance integrated photonics
Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Andrew Cuomo announce that New York State is selected for $110 million of Federal funding for AIM Photonics, in addition to $250 million of New York State funding.
193nm optical lithography techniques on full 300mm silicon were used in the fabrication of transmon qubits that showed 25 microseconds of coherence time and tight control of qubit frequency.
Over 80 AIM members begin research programs – both commercial and academic. First programs focused on Key Technology Manufacturing Areas and Manufacturing Centers of Excellence.
NYS leaders and Tokyo Electron announce another $250 million investment to support a seven year reauthorization of the TEL Technology Center America. This investment followed NYS investing $87 million in a grant grant to TEL to help it upgrade its clean room facilities at the Albany site of NY CREATES to develop chip manufacturing for sub-7 nanometer chip architecture.
AIM photonics and Analog Photonics release Process Design Kit for integrated photonics focusing on Data Comm transcievers. The first MPW runs using this new PDK begin in Sept 2016
Danfoss Silicon Power, one of the world’s leading, independent custom power module manufacturers, will occupy the entire Computer Chip Commercialization Center in Utica (QUAD-C) facility in Utica. This project supports and advances the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, a public-private partnership along the Upstate corridor for development of the next generation of semiconductor materials and packaging. Danfoss Silicon Power will be manufacturing power modules for industrial products such as wind turbines, utility-scale solar inverters, data centers and electric cars.
AIM Photonics presents cutting-edge integrated photonics technology development programs to packed house at OFC 2017, the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition.
Cisco validates 100Gbit design developed in Albany Fab.
AIM Academy launched its Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) on MIT’s campus in the spring of 2017. The LEAPS are funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ M2I2 program to support AIM Photonics. They will enable (1) the fabrication of prototypes and initial proof of manufacturing and (2) the creation of new high-tech integrated photonics manufacturing jobs.
AIM Photonics begins contruction of first ever open-access 300mm enabled Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) Facility for inegrated photonics. Facility will house state-of-the-art equipment to develop advanced testing, packaging, and assembly processes for integrated photonics community.
AIM Photonics announces workforce development programs at AIM Photonics Academy in Cambridge, MA at MIT. First weeklong summer training programs announced.
AIM announces participants of DoD sponsored integrated photonic cryogenic datalink for focal plane arrays
The $1.2 million U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project, along with an additional $400 thousand in matching funds from a team led by the University of Arizona (UA), will support a consortium that includes Sandia National Labs, Raytheon (RTN) and other aerospace firms engaged in FPA technology.
Albany site begins first 300mm silicon photonic technology transfer to GlobalFoundries.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts invests in AIM Photonics and burgeoning integrated photonics industry across the Northeast
January 11th, 2018 Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Quinsigamond Community College announced they would receive $4 million for a second LEAP facility on WPI’s campus. The LEAPS are funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) program to support AIM Photonics.
In this release, Analog Photonics (AP) expanded the comprehensive set of Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuit (PIC) component libraries within SUNY Poly’s process to address the high-speed optical communication needs. Combined with Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) runs, this PDK will give AIM Photonics members access to world-class silicon photonics components.
A new sensor for deadly sarin gas has been developed as a chemical warfare tool by an AIM Photonics team, with a goal of extending the technology to broader market applications. The team consisted of academic, industry, and government organizations.
Dr. Grose, one of the most recognized executives in the semiconductor industry, assumes the leadership role for Albany Nanotech and the associated technology facilities and locations. His goal is to forge an organization which focuses on technology development with an emphasis on business. NY CREATES will manage technology development programs at the Albany Nanotech facility, Rochester TAP facility, and other advanced research facilities across New York State.
AIM Photonics announces program to develop a CMOS-compatible waveguide platform for integrating MWIR and LWIR laser sources
The $1.7 million U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project will support a consortium of AIM Photonics members led by University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and includes Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The majority of development to date has focused on a relatively narrow wavelength range —around 1550nm. The goal of this government-directed project is to address the opportunities at longer wavelengths.
The META Center is a $850 million new R&D institute at NY CREATES in Albany. New York State will invest $250 million to leverage a $600 million, seven-year commitment from Applied Materials to fund materials engineering R&D, prototyping and pilot projects in fields like virtual intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, semiconductors and advanced optics. (Image courtesy Applied Materials)
Academic institutions partner with AIM Photonics to realize advanced computing architecture using light; develop mobile probes for identifying specific materials; and enable improved manufacturing processes for photonic devices. Rochester Institute of Technology, University of California-San Diego, University of Delaware to Leverage AIM Photonics’ World-Class R&D and Foundry Capabilities.
AIM Photonics superior MPW performance is the result of new, ultra low-loss waveguides, featuring attenuation that is less than .25 and .10dB/cm for 220nm silicon and 220nm silicon nitride (SiN), respectively, in addition to around 1dB/facet edge coupler for both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarization. With only 90-day fabrication time for full actives to be processed on 300mm silicon on insulator (SOI) wafers, and using the same toolset that produces 14nm and smaller circuits, these capabilities also enable easy transfer to similar high-volume equipped foundries if needed.
Dr. Papa Rao, Prof. Cady and the NY CREATES team work towards artificial neuron circuits that communicate with 1.22 µm light and use superconducting Josephson junctions for energy-efficient operation at speeds 30,000 times faster than the brain’s neurons.
AIM Academy offers first online PIC design course, lead by Dr. Stefan Preble of RIT, with over 2000 students. AIM Academy also announces a new PIC Bootcamp for 2020.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces that IBM plans to invest over $2 billion to grow its high-tech footprint at the Albany campus and throughout New York State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a $2 billion investment by NYS and IBM to grow the company’s high-tech footprint at NY CREATES and throughout New York State. New York State invests $300 million over five years to support the the establishment of an “AI Hardware Center” for artificial intelligence-focused computer chip research, development, prototyping, testing and simulation.
QED-C is one of the premier initiatives of the National Quantum Initiative, an industry-driven consortium run by SRI, and supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
NYS leaders and Cree, Inc. announce plans to invest approximately $1 billion over six years to construct and equip a new, state-of-the-art, 200 mm silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility
Cree, Inc., the global leader in silicon carbide technology, will construct and equip the world’s-first 200 mm silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility at the Marcy Nanocenter on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus near Utica. While construction is underway, Cree will lease space at NY CREATES, where the company will utilize equipment purchased as part of the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) to transition from the current process of producing devices on 150 mm silicon carbide wafers to producing devices on 200 mm silicon carbide wafers.
The quantum photonics wafer project is led by the Air Force Research Laboratory and RIT. The wafer includes chip designs from both RIT and Air Force Research Laboratory, along with designs by collaborators at MIT, Purdue University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The wafer was fabricated by AIM Photonics in NY CREATES’ advanced 300mm microelectronics facility in Albany, N.Y.
AIM Photonics PDK v3.0 announced. Industry leaders recognize AIM PDK as industry leading. The release of Process Design Kit (PDK) v3.5 Compact Model Library sponsored by AIM Photonics is the first to support statistical models in Lumerical’s INTERCONNECT, introducing a set of statistical models based on the measured wafer-scale data of photonic components.
Empire State Development (ESD) and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science, or NY CREATES, held its first board meeting and is formally leading operations of Fuller Road (FRMC) and Fort Schuyler (FSMC) Management Corporations.
This project will establish a first-of-its-kind capability at 300mm wafer scale that will lead towards scalable quantum computing devices, with higher performance characteristics.
US DoD invests over $2 million in support of advanced integrated photonics biomedical sensor research to detect COVID-19 with Professor Ben Miller of University of Rochester and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
AIM Photonics enters fifth year with over 120 members, industry leading MPW program, PDK, and first ever world-class open-access 300mm wafer test, assembly and packaging facility online and accepting customers. In celebration of AIM Photonics 5 year anniversary and the technical achievements, AIM Photonics and DoD partners present a look into the institute. The national broadcast on Information Matrix will be hosted by award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne on more than 200 public television stations beginning the week of May 25, 2020, and features some of the incredible innovations and applications of integrated photonics.
Seeqc and NY CREATES team to establish the design and process parameters required to fabricate fluxonium qubits on 300mm silicon wafers using state-of-the-art tools at the NY CREATES fab in Albany, NY. Funded by Air Force Research Lab STTR Phase I grant.
Mike Cumbo announced as new CEO and Executive in charge of AIM Photonics beginning July 1st, 2020.
NY CREATES / SUNY Poly is a partner of the Co-Design Center for Quantum Advantage, funded by Department of Energy
C2QA, led by Brookhaven National Lab along with 23 other partners, is one of centers funded by National Quantum Initiative. C2QA is working on the tools necessary to create scalable, distributed and fault-tolerant quantum computing systems.