May 9, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces SUNYs Nanocollege to Receive $8.3 Million Through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative to Develop Advanced Computer Chip Technologies

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that SUNYs College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) will receive $8.3 million in funding from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support CNSEs Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) in the second phase of the national Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a five-year program that targets the development of next-generation computer chip technologies. This funding will support Governor Cuomos innovation-driven strategy to establish New York as a home for world-class nanotechnology research and high-impact economic growth.


This funding from the Semiconductor Research Corporation and National Institute of Standards and Technology will provide significant support to keep New York State at the forefront of the nanotechnology industry, Governor Cuomo said. We are proud to house the INDEX Institute at the NanoCollege where we are investing in cutting-edge innovation and research to develop the next generation of technologies right here in New York. With unique partnerships like this, the Empire State will continue leading the industry, growing the economy, and creating high-tech jobs for New Yorkers.


In showcasing Governor Andrew Cuomos pioneering blueprint for New Yorks innovation-enabled economy, the NanoCollege is delighted to receive this significant funding and to continue its partnership with SRC and NIST on the important Nanoelectronics Research Initiative, said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. This demonstrates the educational excellence, leading-edge research, and high-tech job growth fueled by New Yorks recognized leadership in nanoscale technologies, which are driving global competitiveness in the 21st century knowledge-based economy.


CNSE looks forward to continuing to work with SRC and NIST to accelerate the development of innovative technologies that will play a critical role in addressing the future technology needs of our global corporate partners, said CNSE Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology Dr. Michael Liehr. This funding is vital to expanding the research capabilities of CNSEs INDEX Institute, and to ensuring that it fulfills its mission of developing leading-edge innovations for use in the nanoelectronics industry and beyond.


Headquartered at CNSEs Albany NanoTech Complex and spearheaded by CNSE, the INDEX Institute includes research partners from a variety of universities, including Columbia University, Cornell University, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia, among others. In addition, corporate researchers from leading nanoelectronics companies such as Intel, IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES participate in the program.


The INDEX Institute focuses on cutting-edge research in the field of nanotechnology, specifically targeting the development of the next-generation logic switch that will replace todays chip architecture. This effort includes innovations in nanomaterials, fabrication technologies, nanochip designs, and system schemes for realizing the non-conventional, low-energy computer chip designs for the time frame of 2020 and beyond.


NRI 2.0 is the successor to an earlier multi-year collaboration between NRI and NIST that focused on basic physical principles for the next logic switch that serve as the building blocks of electronic devices. The NRI and the collaboration with NIST are managed by the Nanoelectronics Research Corporation (NERC), a special purpose subsidiary of SRC that is a leading university-industry research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies.


The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative is one of three research program entities of SRC aimed at extending the frontiers of semiconductor electronics. For more information on NRI, visit


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 worlds 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.


CNSEs 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 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the worlds 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, CNSEs SolarEnergyDevelopmentCenter in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC).


CNSEs Smart System 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