Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Canandaigua has received the rare and exceptional designation as a Trusted Foundry by the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Microelectronics Agency.
The Trusted Foundry program is a Department of Defense initiative to accredit trusted, secure sources for the development and manufacturing of integrated circuits for a wide range of defense and intelligence applications.
With the Trusted Foundry accreditation, CNSE's STC now has the ability to serve the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, allied foreign governments and government contractors.
"This prestigious designation is the result of the enormous commitment we have made in making New York the epicenter of the global nanotechnology industry," Governor Cuomo said. "Through smart and targeted investments, New York has now become synonymous with nanotechnology, drawing high tech companies from around the world. The Trusted Foundry designation for our Canandaigua facility is another leap forward for our state, and I thank Dr. Kaloyeros and his team for their visionary work and leadership."
As New York's first and only Trusted Foundry for the processing, packaging and assembly of MEMS and optoelectronic devices, essentially innovative sensors that use microprocessors to rapidly process data, CNSE's STC is uniquely positioned to attract corporate technology partners and new high-tech jobs to Western New York. CNSE's STC houses over 30,000 square feet of certified cleanroom facilities to enable fabrication, packaging and testing.
Next-generation MEMS devices can be used in a variety of nanotechnology-enabled military applications, including field-deployable, multi-functioning nanosensors and actuators, integrated system-on-a-chip (SOC) and system-in-a-package (SIP) technologies, and protective coatings and materials for the safety and security of military personnel and equipment.
"This critical designation of CNSE's STC as New York's first Trusted Foundry for MEMS and optoelectronics devices is a further embodiment of the vision and leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo in continuing to build a world-class nanotechnology industry in New York that is second to none," said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros. "This classification establishes CNSE's STC as the 'go-to' location for 21st century military technologies, while providing exciting opportunities to drive new technology companies and high-tech jobs to the nanotechnology cluster in Western New York."
"CNSE's Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center of Excellence is honored to be designated as a Category 1A Trusted Foundry, and to have the opportunity to serve as a vital resource to meet the growing technology needs of the U.S. military," said CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies and Director of CNSE's STC Paul Tolley. "We look forward to working with partners in both the government and industrial sectors to advance state-of-the-art military applications that will better equip and protect our soldiers and our nation."
The Trusted Foundry program seeks to maintain technological superiority for the U.S. military and ensure national security. Due to the rapid pace of technological development and the commercial microelectronics technology business climate that has shifted a significant amount of computer chip manufacturing offshore, that security is at risk. The Office of Secretary of Defense issued the Defense Trusted Integrated Circuits Strategy that established "Trust" as a minimum need for the Department of Defense in 2003 to address this risk.
The designation of CNSE's STC was achievable through its ability to meet the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the expansion of its secret security clearance through the Defense Security Service (DSS). In addition, DMEA requires all Trusted sources to maintain ISO registration, with CNSE's STC having achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification at the end of 2011.
About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world's most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE's footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world's first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE's Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells. CNSE's Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.