March 22, 2011

Semiconductor Manufacturer To Open New Facility, Create Jobs In Albany

By: by Stephen Williams, Reporter, Daily Gazette


ALBANY - Group4 Labs Inc., a Silicon Valley company that uses synthetic diamonds to create energy-efficient semiconductor wafers, will open a manufacturing facility at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday.

Group4 Labs New York will begin manufacturing this summer, using its own equipment in clean room space leased from Albany Nanotech. It will create 10 jobs initially, with a goal of providing 50 local high-tech jobs by 2015, according to Cuomo's office.

The company previously announced plans for a manufacturing and test plant in Syracuse, which is expected to have about 94 jobs by 2015.

"As part of our state's recovery, we must maximize New York's reputation in innovative nanotechnology, and we look forward to working with Group4 Labs to bring good jobs to the Albany and Syracuse areas," Cuomo said.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will invest $1.5 million in the project because of its potential to save energy with more-efficient semiconductors. The deal is expected to leverage an additional $4 million in private funding.

"NYSERDA remains committed to nurturing innovative clean-energy companies as part of our larger effort to create jobs and build an environmentally friendly economy in the state," said Francis J. Murray Jr., NYSERDA's president and CEO.

Group4 Labs, based on Fremont, Calif., is developing semiconductors for radar systems, smart phones, tablet computers, cellular transmission towers and other uses. Its semiconductors consume less energy and are more efficient than other computer chips, according to state officials.

Lockheed Martin in Syracuse uses Group4 materials in its radar equipment.

"We like New York because of the talent that is available, and the incubation resources at CNSE, and because of the fact that it is close to our customers," said Felix Ejeckam, CEO and co-founder of Group4.