Governor Cuomo Announces Installation of First-of-its-Kind
Computer Chip Technology at SUNY Poly's Albany NanoTech Campus

Governor Cuomo Announces Installation of First-of-its-Kind
Computer Chip Technology at SUNY Poly's Albany NanoTech Campus

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:50
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Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor

Albany, New York (April 14, 2015)

SUNY Polytechnic and Nikon to install world’s first 450mm immersion lithography tool to accelerate production of next generation computer chips


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the installation of the world’s first ever 450mm Immersion Scanner has begun at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Albany NanoTech Complex. Developed by Nikon Corporation, this first of its kind tool will accelerate the development of the next generation computer chips used in a variety of consumer and commercial applications.

“New York is proud to be home to some of the most sophisticated computer chip research on the planet, and with thousands of scientists and engineers from Albany to Buffalo we are growing the industry like never before," Governor Cuomo said. "These strategic investments in nanotechnology, as well as replicating the success in Albany across Upstate, have attracted global leaders like Nikon that are bringing private funding and job opportunities to New York."

A team including more than 50 engineers from the U.S. and around the world will be involved in the installation. The SUNY Polytechnic-led transition to 450mm is a technological leap for the semiconductor industry. With applications ranging from cell phones, tablet computers, defense, green energy, and many more, 450mm will produce more than double the number of chips processed on today’s 300mm wafers, leading to lower costs and far faster, more reliable computer chip technologies. The scanner can be viewed here.

New York is the first to establish this next generation of computer chip technology, which is the result of Governor Cuomo’s 2011 announcement that G450C partners, including Intel, IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, TSMC and Samsung, would invest over $4.8 billion to build the world’s first 450mm wafer and equipment development environment at SUNY Poly’s NanoTech Complex.

Toshikazu Umatate, Nikon Corporation Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Semiconductor Lithography Business Unit said, “The Nikon 450mm program is progressing steadily and this exciting milestone was made possible by close collaboration with our many partners throughout the consortium. Nikon is committed to continuous lithography innovation and advancement, and supporting the industry in achieving the next generation of semiconductor manufacturing.”

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, SUNY Polytechnic Institute President and CEO said, “The delivery of the Nikon Immersion Scanner is a victory in innovation for New York State and another major milestone in Governor Cuomo’s technology roadmap leading the global semiconductor industry to next generation computer chip development. New York State remains at the cutting edge of innovation, leveraging the expertise and resources of world class partners like Nikon as we define the future of computer chip technology while driving economic development and job creation.”

In July of 2013, Governor Cuomo announced a $350 million partnership between SUNY Polytechnic's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Nikon to develop next generation 450mm photolithography technology. Photolithography has become the critical enabling step in the manufacturing of nanometer size transistors that are the building blocks of today's computer chips. Nikon and SUNY Poly worked tirelessly to bring the immersion lithography scanner online in less than 12 months and unveiled the world’s first fully patterned 450mm wafers in July of 2014. The Nikon immersion tool now joins existing 450mm infrastructure at SUNY Poly's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, bringing the total investment in 450mm wafer equipment at the Albany NanoTech Complex to more than $700 million.

About Nikon Since 1980, Nikon Corporation has been revolutionizing lithography with innovative products and technologies. The company is a worldwide leader in semiconductor lithography systems for the microelectronics manufacturing industry with more than 8,000 (semiconductor) lithography systems installed worldwide. Nikon offers an extensive selection of production-class lithography systems serving the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD) and thin-film magnetic head (TFH) industries. Nikon Precision Inc. provides service, training, applications and technical support, as well as sales and marketing for Nikon lithography systems in North America. For more information about Nikon, visit


SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, technology, professional studies, and the arts and sciences at its Utica/Rome campus. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $20 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. The Utica/Rome campus offers a unique high-tech learning environment, providing academic programs in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, with degrees and course offerings in natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, CNSE’s Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) on its Utica campus and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit and


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