Posted Sep 15, 2013 @ 07:05 AM
The next largest project in recent memory is the $125 million Center
for Computer Chip Commercialization at SUNYIT, which seemed huge when
it was announced, but now pales in comparison.
And while such a large project might seem overly ambitious to some,
local skeptics might find comfort in the fact that the latest
initiative is not an oddity standing alone in a barren landscape.
It’s part of a comprehensive strategy that’s already underway to make
the state into a center for computer technology research, development
And so far, the plan seems to be working, experts and industry insiders
“There is no question about whether New York is becoming the center of
the industry,” said Peter Singer, editor in chief of Solid State
Technology magazine, which keeps a close eye on nanotechnology.“To me,
it is very believable that this could happen.”
For at least a decade, major nanotechnology players have been attracted
by the intellectual center SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering has created in Albany. And now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2011
announcement of a $4.8 billion partnership with private companies —
including Intel, Samsung, TSMC, IBM and Global Foundries — to develop
the next generation of computer chip manufacturing is gaining traction.
“The biggest companies are behind it,” Singer said.“They really
believe it will give them the competitive edge that will make it
unbeatable, and they have the wherewithal to make it happen.”
Much of that research and development is going on at the NanoCollege’s
Meanwhile, spinoff technology centers operated in partnership with the
school have been established in some of the state’s aging manufacturing
Rochester and Buffalo each have a piece of the action. But Utica now is
the most ambitious and has the biggest commitment of funding.
The Rochester area is home to a $200 million center for excellence for
the fabrication and packaging of micro-electronics and also, a $100
million solar technology facility.
Buffalo soon will be home to a $250 million state-of-the-art facility
for pharmaceutical research, development and testing.
Much of the capital for those endeavors will come from the private
sector, just like the Utica initiatives.
Ian Steff, vice president for global policy and technology partnerships
at the Washington D.C.-based Semiconductor Industry Association, said
the United States has pioneered such public-private sector
partnerships, some involving multiple companies, and it’s paying off.