December 19, 2013
Israeli scientists, engineers arriving next year
By: Larry Rulison
Source: Times Union
5 semiconductor firms will be selected to join partnership in Albany
first wave of Israeli scientists and engineers participating in a
five-year, $3 billion research program with the SUNY College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering is expected to arrive in Albany early
The Israeli Industry Center for Research &
Development, also known as MATIMOP, is likely to select about five
semiconductor companies to join the Albany partnership through a
competitive bidding process that ends Dec. 31. The Israeli government is
funding the program to the tune of about $300 million annually, with
the companies required to provide matching funding.
Israeli scientists and engineers will participate initially, both in
Albany and Israel. However, that number is expected to quadruple over
the next three to five years as another 15 companies are selected to
join. CNSE has said previously that potentially hundreds of Israeli
technology workers and their families could move to Albany for work
"This collaboration is already beginning to deliver
tangible results that will generate measurable impact," MATIMOP said in a
statement issued jointly with the NanoCollege.
MATIMOP, which is
part of what is known as the Office of Chief Scientist within Israel's
Ministry of Economy, also said that "reciprocal" educational and
research programs are being created between the NanoCollege and several
One of the areas where the NanoCollege and
Israel have already started working together is on the computer chip
industry's move to using larger silicon wafers in manufacturing. Chips
are currently made using 12-inch, or 300 millimeter, wafers, and a
consortium of chip-makers based at the NanoCollege called the Global 450
Consortium, or G450C, is setting up a pilot 450mm line.
G450C, which was created by New York state, has started to work with an
Israeli 450mm consortium called Metro450, and some of the companies that
win funding from MATIMOP likely could be seeking to work with G450C
members in Albany as well.
Next month, Metro450 is hosting its
second annual conference at Technion, Israel's oldest technical
university, in Haifa, Israel, and Rand Cottle, a G450C manager from the
NanoCollege, is scheduled to speak.
A joint 450mm conference has
been scheduled for March in Israel as well, an event that may feature
Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of the NanoCollege, as the keynote speaker on
behalf of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.