Nikon Corporation and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany, New York have entered into a public-private partnership to invest $350 million for developing lithography technology on the next generation 450mm wafer platform.
The project will create more than 100 high-paying tech jobs, with positions being filled by CNSE, Nikon and other industrial partners in the project who will be providing some of the funding.
The $350 million will be spent over the next five years on tooling and setting up the project, followed by spending for operations, maintenance and support.
Nikon will be locating engineers, scientists and researchers at CNSE’s NanoTech Complex, where they will provide lithography technology services to accelerate development of 450mm technology.
With this partnership and their role in the project, Nikon officially becomes an associate member of G450C.
This global consortium was founded in Sept 2011 and led by CNSE. G450C brought IBM, Intel, Samsung, TSMC and GLOBALFOUNDRIES together in a partnership with CNSE. The consortium aims to invest $4.8 billion in a bid to help the semiconductor and chip manufacturing industry transition from the existing 300mm wafer technology to the next-gen 450mm technology.
Kazuo Ushida, executive vice president of Nikon Corporation and president of Precision Equipment Company, said Nikon was honored to become a G450C associate member. He said this contract validated the consortium’s confidence in Nikon’s 450mm development program.
Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, senior vice President and CEO of CNSE, said they were delighted to join Gov. Cuomo in welcoming Nikon to the NanoCollege, where the company would expand G450C’s capabilities.
Gov. Cuomo said this new partnership was more proof that the state is a leader in nanotechnology research and innovation. He added that the technologies these corporations and CNSE are developing will allow New York to grow the economy, attract new investments and compete for high-tech jobs.
To date, the G450C program headquartered at CNSE has already created more than 150 jobs, with 75 positions being filled directly by CNSE in this year alone. The rest of the jobs were created by corporate partners in the program.
CNSE offers students a unique academic experience within the most advanced university-led research enterprise in the world where 300 corporate partners and more than $14 billion worth of high-tech investments have created a thriving nanotechnology R&D and commercialization ecosystem.