March 25, 2014
Albany nanocollege names new research consortium manager
By: Haley Viccaro
Source: Daily Gazette
ALBANY — An executive at the world’s largest computer chip manufacturing
company has been named as general manager of internal operations for
the Albany nanocollege’s research consortium.
The College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering announced Tuesday that Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s Cheng-Chung Chien will join the
leadership team of the college’s Global 450mm Consortium.
at an exciting juncture in the transition to 450mm wafer technology,
and we are extremely pleased to have Cheng-Chung Chien join the G450C
consortium leadership team,” said nanocollege CEO Alain Kaloyeros in a
statement. “Mr. Chien has established himself as a leader in innovation
and technology who doesn’t just meet expectations, but exceeds them.”
is currently the director of TSMC’s “Fab 3” in Hsinchu, Taiwan where he
decreased production costs and improved operational efficiency,
according to a news release from the nanocollege. He joined TSMC in 2000
and has three decades of experience in the industry.
initiative includes a partnership between the nanocollege and TSMC as
well as GlobalFoundries, IBM, Intel and Samsung. The companies are
working together as part of the consortium in Albany on next-generation
computer chip research.
“I am humbled and excited by the
appointment to lead this consortium of industry leaders as we plan for
the final stages in the transition to 450mm wafer technology,” Chien
said in a statement. He is expected to start his new role at the
nanocollege this summer.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced the
consortium in September 2011. Companies invested $4.8 billion to team up
in an effort to transition the industry to build computer chips on
larger silicon wafers.
Current industry standard for wafers is
300mm, and the consortium is looking to move to 450mm wafers. The larger
wafers will allow the manufacturers to build more chips on each, which
is expected to drive down costs and boost production.
few opportunities to revolutionize an entire industry while serving the
growing demands of the global tech community,” Chien said. “I look
forward to celebrating many successes with the G450C, and achieving them
with efficiency and affordability.”