SUNY CNSE to develop center for 450mm computer chip manufacturing

In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategic blueprint for growing nanotechnology industry jobs, companies, and investment across New York, the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Mohawk Valley EDGE today announced an expanded partnership through which CNSE will lead development of the Marcy Nanocenter site by serving as the site end user.

The EDGE-SUNY CNSE partnership is designed to accelerate the attraction of next-generation 450mm computer chip manufacturing to the Mohawk Valley by deploying Governor Andrew Cuomo’s publicly-led and publicly-managed public-private partnership model that he first introduced with the CNSE Global 450mm Consortium (G450C).

“Today’s announcement of an expanded partnership among CNSE, Mohawk Valley EDGE and SUNYIT is yet another example of how New York State’s world-class higher education and research institutions are partnering with the private sector to revitalize Upstate New York,” Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said. “The Marcy Nanocenter has the potential to transform the economy of the Mohawk Valley and position the region to become a global leader in the nanotechnology industry. Under Governor Cuomo’s direction, the State remains committed to collaborating with the private sector to attract new investment, grow businesses and create jobs for Upstate New York. I applaud everyone who has been involved in moving this exciting partnership forward.”

“I have made the Quad C and Marcy Nanocenter initiatives key priorities for the Mohawk Valley. I applaud Governor Cuomo’s commitment to the Mohawk Valley and believe that CNSE is the catalyst that can help build a sustainable high technology economy that will create jobs, reclaim population and produce critical secondary benefits throughout the Upstate economy,” said New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo.

“This announcement marks a major turning point in helping the Mohawk Valley reclaim its rich heritage as a center for manufacturing and innovation,” said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. “I want to thank the Governor and Dr. Kaloyeros for their commitment, and Mohawk Valley EDGE for its leadership in positioning the Marcy site as a strategic site that is pivotal to strengthening New York’s position as a global hub for semiconductor manufacturing.”

CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Alain Kaloyeros said, “The NanoCollege’s role in leading development of the Marcy Nanocenter site builds upon Governor Cuomo’s visionary leadership and strategic investments in leveraging assets that not only remain under public ownership, but also attract substantially greater private industry investment. We look forward to working closely with Mohawk Valley EDGE and SUNYIT to ensure expansion of the nanotechnology research, development, commercialization and manufacturing ecosystem in the Mohawk Valley, which is further strengthening New York’s innovation-enabled economy.”

“The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council has made the development of the Marcy Nanocenter site and the investments in the Quad C at SUNYIT regional priorities that can have a catalytic economic impact on the Mohawk Valley region and build a technology corridor that extends across I-90,” said Larry Gilroy, Co-Chair for the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.

With this announcement, CNSE is broadening its partnership with Mohawk Valley EDGE and SUNYIT to further the historic agreement announced in 2011 by Governor Cuomo to establish the G450C at CNSE. Spearheaded by CNSE, the $4.8 billion G450C has brought together five leading global high-tech companies – Intel, IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, TSMC, and Samsung – at CNSE as part of a first-of-its-kind wafer and equipment development environment that will enable a cost effective and timely transition from the current 300mm wafer technology to the new 450mm technology.

Through the leadership and investment of Governor Cuomo, and as a critical component of G450C, CNSE built NanoFab Xtension (NFX) to provide state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities, tools, and infrastructure to support the research, development and pilot prototyping for 450mm wafer technology. Similarly, with the Marcy Nanocenter site, CNSE will lead development of a full-scale manufacturing facility designed to serve the world’s leading high-tech companies and enhance New York’s position as a global semiconductor hub.

A new Wetlands Permit application will be filed with the Buffalo District of the US Army Corps of Engineers that names CNSE as the end user to develop the site for semiconductor manufacturing, satisfying one of the requirements under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Concurrently, an application for Preliminary Development Plan approval is being filed with the Town of Marcy.  Securing these local and federal approvals will enable site development and infrastructure improvements that are required before CNSE can undertake plans for initial phases of development.

CNSE and EDGE expect that a new Wetlands Permit will be issued within the next few months so that work can commence on development of the site and support critical time-to-market requirements.

As part of the CNSE development plan, the potential full build-out of the Marcy site would include:

  • Up to 8.25 million square feet of facilities, with up to three 450mm computer chip fabs, each with a cleanroom of approximately 450,000 square feet;
  • Total public and private investment of $10 Billion to $15 Billion for each phase of development; and
  • Creation of approximately 5,000 direct jobs and approximately 15,000 indirect jobs.

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