January 04, 2006

Governor Announces Major, New $435 Million Nanoelectronics Research Institute To Be Located At Center Of Excellence In Albany

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech


Governor George E. Pataki today announced that a major, new $435 million Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) -- one of only two to be created in the nation -- will be located at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at the University at Albany. The second similar institute will be located in the Silicon Valley in California.

The Governor also announced that as part of this effort a new, 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art building will be constructed - which will include a new 100,000 square foot clean-room wing-- at the Albany Center of Excellence.

“Today’s announcement that New York will be home to one of only two nanoelectronics research centers in the nation is tremendous news, providing a major boost to our continued efforts to transform the Capital Region, Tech Valley and all of New York State into a global leader in high-tech development and research,” Governor Pataki said. “This new center coming to New York is a powerful demonstration of the enormous potential that our Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics holds for the future of the people of New York and around the world.”

“More than ten states vied to land this new center and it could have been located anywhere in America,” the Governor added. “But the semiconductor industry recognized that here in New York we have created a powerful nanoelectronics industry cluster that is on the cutting edge of research and technology and is transforming the Capital Region and the State into a worldwide powerhouse in high-tech research, job creation and economic growth.”

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said, “The University at Albany’s designation as the head of a new nanotech consortium is a giant step forward in continuing to establish New York State, particularly Tech Valley and the Capital Region, as a global leader in the high tech industry. I commend Governor Pataki for designating these funds to bring this important project to fruition, and for his continuing commitment to attracting high tech business to New York State.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "Today, this State, this region and this great University at Albany takes another bold step forward with this new Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration. Last year, we at the urging of Assemblymembers Ron Canestrari, Jack McEneny, Paul Tonko and Bob Reilly passed legislation enabling this phase of development, permitting this expansion of nanotechnology education and research here at U-Albany. I am confident that New York State, and the Capital Region specifically, will become the nanotechnology capital of the world. Together, we will reap all of the jobs, all of the benefits that come with achieving this goal."

The new INDEX Institute located in Albany, under the leadership of University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, will partner leading university researchers from Harvard University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), with on-site corporate researchers from leading semiconductor companies such as Intel, Micron, AMD, IBM, Texas Instruments, and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

The Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration will focus on cutting-edge research in the field of nanotechnology, including the development of nanomaterials, fabrication technologies, nanochip designs, and architectural integration schemes for realizing the computer nanochip designs of the future.

Total public and private funding for the project will reach $435 million, with New York State committing $80 million in matching funds to help INDEX establish the scientific, technical and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as train the educated workforce necessary to allow New York to compete globally in the field of nanotechnology. Extensive funding will also be provided by the Federal Government, semiconductor equipment manufacturers, and semiconductor material suppliers.

Some of the funding will be utilized to construct a new 250,000 square foot facility - which will include a new 100,000 square foot clean-room wing. In addition, $160 million of the funding will be used for operating expenses.

The institute is the result of a joint effort by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) to create the “Bell Labs for the 21st Century” through partnerships between the nation’s premier research universities, and the world’s leading semiconductor research, development, and manufacturing companies.

INDEX corporate partners that will be locating researchers and engineers on site at the facilities for collaboration with university research teams include, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Freescale Semiconductor Inc., IBM, Intel, Micron Technology Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc.

Under the leadership of SUNY University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the INDEX consortium includes Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Yale University.

In November 2003, Governor Pataki became the first elected public official ever to receive the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest honor -- the 2003 Robert Noyce Award -- in recognition of his exemplary leadership and steadfast support for semiconductor research, development and commercialization in New York State.

Semiconductor Industry Association President George Scalise said, “This ambitious research program aims at assuring the U.S. leadership in information technology well into the 21st Century. As we rapidly approach the time when the laws of physics will limit our implementation of Moore’s Law, we are now in a worldwide race to develop new computer chip technologies that will enable the semiconductor industry to continue at its historical pace of progress. INDEX will play a leadership role in this race by linking the research efforts of top American universities, the federal government, and the United States semiconductor industry in a mission-oriented effort to continue the rate of progress that has prevailed since the mid 1960s. We thank Governor Pataki and the State of New York for the bold vision and significant investments in the future of our industry.”

Larry Sumney, President and Chief Executive Office of the Semiconductor Research Corporation said, “On behalf of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, I congratulate Governor Pataki, Chancellor Ryan, President Hall, and Professor Kaloyeros for this amazing achievement. This partnership between the semiconductor industry, the State of New York, and the SUNY University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and its partner universities will truly serve as the Bell Labs of the 21st Century. The SRC looks forward to a new era of discovery that promises great scientific dividends, significant technical benefits and a host of educational opportunities to the nanoelectronics industrial and academic communities.”

State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan said, “The designation of the SUNY University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as headquarters of the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration is yet further evidence that Governor Pataki’s strategic investments are transforming SUNY into a world leader in science and technology. We are proud that the SUNY University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering continues to bolster its position as a pioneering education and science leader and we thank the SIA and SRC for their confidence in one of our top research campuses.”

SUNY University at Albany President Kermit Hall said, “We are delighted with the Governor's announcement of the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration at the SUNY University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. It will enable the state and the nation to perform a unique and enabling array of research, development, and manufacturing initiatives in the enabling field of nanotechnology. We are extremely grateful to Governor Pataki, the SIA, and SRC for their confidence in our world-class nanoscience and nanoengineering programs.”

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros said, “We are privileged to lead the INDEX consortium and look forward to working in partnership with some of the most prestigious American institutions of higher education to advance the research and manufacturing roadmaps of the United States semiconductor industry. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Governor Pataki, the SUNY University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has emerged as a global leader in the science and engineering of nanoscale technologies, and a critical enabler in New York’s preeminence in the global economy of the 21st century.”

The creation of INDEX builds on Governor Pataki’s goal of making New York a worldwide leader in university-based research, business development, and job creation through the Center of Excellence program.

The Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at the University at Albany has attracted over 100 industrial partners, including IBM, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Infineon, Micron, and AMD, as well as over $7 billion in industrial investment throughout Tech Valley.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany-SUNY is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the development and deployment of innovative nanoscience and nanoengineering concepts and is located in the most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world.

The growing $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering complex was financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, and houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer.

The Albany Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics is one of several Centers of Excellence statewide, which the Governor called for in his 2001 State of the State address, which are focusing on critical emerging high-tech fields, including the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, the Rochester Center of Excellence in Photonics and Microsystems, the Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and the Long Island Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Today’s announcement is in addition to the $7.7 billion in public and private already invested in support of New York’s nanotech industry.