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May 11, 2007

Texas Computer Chips Consortium Relocating To NYS

By: by North Country Gazette

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ALBANY-International SEMATECH, the global consortium of leading nanoelectronics manufacturers, has agreed to a major expansion of its existing research and development program at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology at the University at Albany.

The expansion, the largest in the history of the consortium, will more firmly establish New York as a global leader in research and development of the next generation of computer chips.

The seven-year agreement will significantly expand the consortium's New York operations. As part of the partnership with the UAlbany NanoCollege, International SEMATECH has agreed to locate its headquarters in Albany, increase its workforce by 450 jobs over three years, and provide $25 million to fund research at colleges and universities at five centers around the state.

To facilitate this expansion, legislative leaders agreed to introduce and pass shortly a bill providing $300 million in funding which will be made available over five years to help SEMATECH purchase advanced semiconductor process equipment. SEMATECH has made a financial commitment of $300 million in cash and in-kind contributions. The project will support new research at the Nanotech Center in Albany as well as serve as an additional resource supporting existing operations of SEMATECH members in the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region.

The State funding introduced by the Legislature will be used to both build state-of-the-art infrastructure and acquire advanced semiconductor tooling. In addition, $25 million of the funds will be devoted to research at colleges and universities at five centers around the state, including the Nanoscale Metrology and Imaging Center in Albany.

In 2002, International SEMATECH (Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology) brought global attention to the strength of New York State's academic research and development facilities for semiconductor technology when it chose Albany - over competing bids from sites in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific Rim - as the site for its first center outside of Austin, TX. Since that time, SEMATECH North has become a leader in the development and commercialization of leading-edge nanolithography technology - the photographic process of imprinting patterns on the hundreds of millions of transistors from a pre-designed mask onto a silicon wafer to build a computer chip.

In addition, SEMATECH North provided a critical mass of nanotechnology intellectual assets and state-of-the-art infrastructure at the University at Albany (UAlbany) that allowed for the creation of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and its rapid rise to a global resource for research and education in nanoscience and nanoengineering.

CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3.5 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. Over 1,600 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty and others work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex.

An expansion currently underway will increase the size of CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex to over 750,000 square feet, including over 80,000 square feet of Class 1 cleanroom space, to house over 2,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty by the end of 2008. For more information, visit http://www.cnse.albany.edu/.

SEMATECH (Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology), now in its 21st year, is a consortium of international computer chip manufacturers that is the world leader in computer chip research and development, particularly in the fields of lithography, transistor processes and interconnect. SEMATECH's current roster of companies consists of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Freescale, Hewlett Packard (HP), International Business Machines (IBM). Infineon, Intel, Texas Instruments (TI) Micron, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Renesas, Qimonda, Spansion and TSMC.

Albany Nanotech is already the most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world, according to Electronic Business News. Small Times Magazine, a leading nanotech industry trade publication, recently named the University at Albany's college of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as the leading nanotechnology university in the world Its operations include the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology, the Universal Nanoelectronics Institute for Technology and Education.

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