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Six Technology Companies Invest $1.5 Billion In Nanotechnology Research and Development Center Near Utica, New York
Area Development Online News Desk (10/10/2013)
Six technology companies will invest $1.5 billion to create ‘Nano Utica,’ New York state’s second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. The public-private partnership, spearheaded by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the SUNY Institute of Technology, will create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs on the campus of SUNYIT in Marcy, New York, a town between the cities of Utica and Rome.

The consortium of leading global technology companies that will create Nano Utica are led by Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Incorporated, SEMATECH, Atotech, and SEMATECH and CNSE partner companies, including IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron.

The consortium will be headquartered at the CNSE-SUNYIT Computer Chip Commercialization Center, and will build on the research and development programs currently being conducted by ANSI, SEMATECH, and their private industry partners at the SUNY CNSE campus in Albany.

“With today’s announcement, New York is replicating the tremendous success of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering right here in Utica and paving the way for more than a billion dollars in private investment and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The new Nano Utica facility will serve as a cleanroom and research hub for Nano Utica.”

The computer chip packaging consortium will work inside the complex now under construction on the SUNYIT campus, which is scheduled to open in late 2014. As a result of the commitment of the major companies to locate at Nano Utica, the $125 million facility is being expanded to accommodate the new collaboration, with state-of-the-art cleanrooms, laboratories, hands-on education and workforce training facilities, and integrated offices encompassing 253,000 square feet.

The complex will include a 56,000-square-foot cleanroom stacked on two levels, providing more than five times the space that was originally planned. To support the project, New York State will invest $200 million over ten years to purchase new equipment for the Nano Utica facility; no private company will receive any state funds as part of the initiative.

Research and development to be conducted includes computer chip packaging and lithography development and commercialization. These system-on-a-chip innovations will drive a host of new technologies and products in the consumer and business marketplace.

Hector Ruiz, Chairman of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc., said, "My Advanced Nano colleagues and I are working to create breakthrough technology, and we couldn't find a better place to bring this investment and these jobs than New York. We looked across this country, and around the world, and this is where we found the talent, the mindset, and the leadership to help us revolutionize nanoscale technology, through semiconductors and everything they power."

Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steve DiMeo said, “What is taking place here at SUNYIT mirrors in many respects the model used in Palo Alto, where physical assets at Stanford University were used to build what became known as Silicon Valley.”

 
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