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Akoustis Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire 120,000 Sq. Ft. Wafer Manufacturing Facility in Canandaigua, NY

March 24, 2017

STC MEMS, former Infotonics Center, most recently a division of SUNY POLY

Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKTS), a manufacturer of patented single-crystal BulkONE® bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today it has entered into  binding, definitive agreements to acquire assets from the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF-SUNY) and Fuller Road Management Corporation (FRMC), an affiliate of RF-SUNY.  The assets being acquired include STC-MEMS, a semiconductor wafer manufacturing operation and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) business with associated wafer production tools, as well as real estate associated with the facility located in Canandaigua, New York, near Rochester.

Under the terms of the agreements, Akoustis will pay $2.75 million in cash at closing to RF-SUNY and FRMC, subject to certain adjustments and customary closing conditions.  The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of calendar year 2017. As part of the signed definitive agreements, Akoustis plans to acquire all of the following:

  • 120,000 sq. ft. commercial wafer manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes Class 100/Class 1000 cleanroom space (“NY Facility”).
  • 57-acres of real property associated with the NY Facility.
  • 150-mm silicon MEMS wafer fab operations, including all semiconductor manufacturing tools.
  • Existing silicon-based MEMS business with annual revenues of approximately $3M from multiple customers, including a tier-1 mobile wireless solutions OEM.
  • Trusted Foundry accreditation for MEMS processing, packaging and assembly.
  • Two existing tenants with multi-year leases.

Dr. Art Geiss, Co-Chairman of Akoustis, said, “Akoustis will merge its patented BulkOne® BAW RF filter process into the STC-MEMS foundry, an operating silicon-wafer-based MEMs manufacturer.  Since there is significant overlap between the tools and processes used to produce our BAW devices and silicon-based MEMS, transferring our process into the STC-MEMS foundry will accelerate the technology into production.  In addition, we believe that some of the foundry processes used in silicon-based MEMS manufacturing may be utilized in new ways to make further performance improvements in Akoustis’ single-crystal BAW RF filters.”

Jerry Neal, Co-Chairman of Akoustis, added, “This acquisition is an enormous win for Akoustis and is consistent with our capital-efficient business model. A comparable manufacturing facility to build and qualify for production would take up to 2-years and cost well over $50 million, not to mention the challenges of recruiting and training qualified personnel.”

The transaction allows Akoustis to internalize manufacturing providing substantial capacity and control of its wafer supply chain for single crystal BAW RF filters. Akoustis plans to utilize the NY Facility to consolidate all aspects of wafer manufacturing for its disruptive and patented high-band RF filters targeting the multi-billion mobile and other wireless markets. This planned consolidation of the Company’s supply chain into the NY Facility is expected to shorten time-to-market for its RF products, greatly enhancing the Company’s ability to service customers. Shorter time-to-market cycles provide the Company the opportunity to increase the number of customer engagements.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “When combined with its skilled workforce, the Finger Lakes region’s burgeoning R&D and advanced manufacturing industry cluster create the perfect environment for innovative companies like Akoustis to grow and thrive. The addition of new research and manufacturing jobs in Canandaigua will diversify and strengthen the local economy and help to ensure the region continues moving in the right direction.”

Jeff Shealy, CEO of Akoustis, commented, “We look forward to welcoming the dedicated professionals at STC-MEMS into the Akoustis family, and thank Governor Cuomo and his entire organization for their tireless efforts attracting Akoustis to New York State.”

Akoustis plans to maintain the existing customer engagements which are transferred as part of the transaction.  The Company plans to maintain the existing Trusted Foundry accreditation for MEMS processing, packaging and module assembly and will seek to expand the accreditation for the NY facility to include BAW RF filters and sensors.

Concern regarding the Department of Defense Trusted Foundry in Canandaigua ran high in Rochester’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Community since last year’s indictment of SUNY POLY, New York State, and construction officials by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for bid-rigging.  This is a very welcome announcement.

Left to right: Dr. Jerry D. Neal, co-chairman, Akoustis; Mary Winters, Director of Business Development, STC MEMS; Jeff Shealy, CEO and Founder, Akoustis; Paul Tolley, VP for Disruptive Technologies, STC MEMS; Art Geiss, co-chairman, Akoustis

Photonics MEMS Are Already Made In Rochester!

November 24, 2016

Just down the road, twenty minutes from Rochester.

Off Route 332 half way between the New York State Thruway and Canandaigua.

A Department of Defense Trusted Foundry Specializing in Packaging Photonics Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) on a chip.

What makes this interesting?  Well, for one thing: packaging, and we aren’t talking about wrapping a birthday present or your shipping an receiving department, we are talking about the delicate and miraculous task of putting a silicon semiconductor chip into a metal, glass or ceramic package with the electronic and/or photonics connections that will make it a functional, usable device in something like your computer, your mobile devices, your GPS or your car.

The talent set for packaging MEMS devices will be very similar to packaging integrated photonics devices.

We’re talking about the Smart Systems Technology Center, what once was Infotonics, which emerged as a stand-alone, self-supporting MEMS fabrication and packaging facility after its initial supporters, Kodak, Corning and Xerox all abandoned ship.  What was once a center staring into the abyss was restructured, reorganized and firmly established under the guidance of a reconstituted board of directors.

Who accomplished this amazing collaborative feat?  The chairman of the board at the time was John Hart, CEO of Lumetrics, in Rochester.  Hart, the token “small company representative from the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster” took the helm in 2008, hiring interim CEO John Bellardini (J.C. Jones, currently CFO Chobani) and guiding the center’s recovery from financial mismanagement and plain old shortsightedness to hiring a new (and current) director, Paul Tolley and becoming a profitable enterprise.

During the next two years the center navigated the perilous straights of reorganization — while finding and servicing new customers, and re-establishing the trust of State and Federal Government officials, most notably perhaps, Senator Chuck Schumer, who had every reason to feel betrayed by the way the Infotonics Center, as it was initially called, had failed to live up to its promise – and his support.

When The Infotonics Center merged with SUNY POLYTECH in 2011 it was a self-sufficient, profitable MEMS production center that soon earned Department of Defense “Trusted Foundry” status with the support once again of US Senator Chuck Schumer.

What does the future hold for this jewel in Canandaigua, just outside of Rochester, and a crucial component of the region’s OPI ecosystem?  Once can only hope that they continue working with commercial customers and continue innovating for years to come.

It would be a travesty if this center were to be accidentally tarnished by the events surrounding SUNY Polytech’s 2016 bid-rigging scandal.

Cuomo Announces Board to Coordinate State Investments with Photonics Institute

October 30, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointments for the board of officers to coordinate New York State’s significant financial investments with the National Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics. First announced by Vice President Biden and Governor Cuomo in July, the Integrated Photonics Institute will help secure the nation’s leadership in emerging technology research, development, and manufacturing.

“The Photonics Institute is going to redefine the local economy for generations – and this Board of Officers will play a pivotal role in guiding that change day in and day out,” said Governor Cuomo. “Each of these individuals has a background and skillset that will be incredibly valuable in supporting the Institute as it develops, and helping it cement Rochester’s status as a global hub for research and advanced manufacturing.”

The board of officers consists of seven members who represent a wide array of business, programmatic, and technical expertise.

The Governor of New York State appoints the Chairman and two additional members; SUNY Poly Institute appoints two members; and the Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Rochester each appoint one member.

The Photonics Institute Board of Officers is comprised of:

  • Andrew Kennedy, Chair (Governor appointee)
  • Anne Kress (Governor appointee)
  • Alexander Cartwright (Governor appointee)
  • Ronald Goldblatt (SUNY Poly appointee)
  • Paul Tolley (SUNY Poly appointee)
  • Ryne Raffaele (RIT appointee)
  • Rob Clark (U of R appointee)

Andrew Kennedy serves as the Deputy Director of State Operations overseeing the day-to-day management of state government. Previously, Mr. Kennedy served as the Governor’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Development coordinating the development and management of the State’s economic development and housing efforts. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Andrew worked over a decade at the New York State Division of Budget and for the New York State Assembly where he developed a detailed understanding of New York’s fiscal and economic development policies and programs. Mr. Kennedy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Political Science.

Anne M. Kress has served as president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York since 2009. Her career spans more than 20 years in higher education with special interests in topics relating to student access and success, global education, workforce development, technology, and the intersection between traditional liberal education and essential 21st century learning outcomes.

Kress currently serves on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council and has been involved in state higher education policy in New York and Florida. Locally, she serves on the boards of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise, United Way of Greater Rochester, and the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. Kress has been honored by the New York State Senate as a Woman of Distinction, by the Women’s Council of the Rochester Business Alliance with its Athena Award, and by the Rochester YWCA with its Empowering Women award. Nationally, she serves on boards, commissions, and councils for organizations including the League for Innovation in the Community College, AACC, ACE, ETS and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences and meetings.

She earned a doctorate in higher education administration, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in finance all from the University of Florida. In 2012, Kress was named an outstanding alumna by the University of Florida’s Institute of Higher Education.

Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright was appointed Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor by the SUNY Trustees as of September 15, 2014 and named Interim President of the Research Foundation for SUNY on January 23, 2014. He is the chief academic officer of the SUNY system, supporting the Chancellor and Board of Trustees in carrying out their oversight responsibilities of the 64-campus system.

An internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the area of optical sensors, Dr. Cartwright most recently served as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY Buffalo) and the Acting Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. In these roles, he was responsible for campus/industry relations, research funding and compliance, research communications and research support for SUNY Buffalo and the Center.

Dr. Cartwright previously served as the Chair of both the Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at SUNY Buffalo. Before beginning these concurrent chairmanships, Dr. Cartwright led the institution’s efforts to synergize research across disciplines as the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives. In this position he oversaw infrastructure and scholarship in eight areas of strategic strength that spanned departments from Visual Studies to Medicine. He has served as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and an adjunct full professor in Physics at SUNY Buffalo. His excellence in teaching earned him the SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Dr. Cartwright retains his rank as full professor. Dr. Cartwright holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Ronald Goldblatt leads the SUNY Poly SEMATECH Global Innovation Initiative and is responsible for driving the ongoing integration of SEMATECH with SUNY Poly. As part of the initiative, the renowned consortia management model of SUNY Poly SEMATECH is being expanded to new dimensions, maintaining its core nanoelectronics programs such as emerging nanoscale lithography technologies that are key to the international semiconductor industry, while embarking on new public-private ventures in green energy, power electronics, photonics and nanobiotechnology.

At SUNY Poly, as President and CEO of the SEMATECH initiative since 2013, Dr. Goldblatt oversees a 12-member global consortium of major computer chip manufacturers, which coordinates and oversees next-generation research, development and commercialization programs in lithography, interconnects, and metrology, among others, while managing global reach and influence through various program partnerships around the world in emerging nanotechnology-driven applications such as nanobiotechnology and sustainable energy.

Prior to his tenure at SUNY Poly, Dr. Goldblatt spent 22 years at IBM in the T.J. Watson Research Center, where he most recently served as Senior Manager of Advanced Silicon Science & Process Technology. Dr. Goldblatt holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and dual Bachelors degrees from the SUNY College at Purchase.

Paul Tolley currently oversees the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center, which was created in 2010 through a merger of two of New York State’s Centers of Excellence: Infotonics Technology Center (ITC) in Canandaigua and the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology at SUNY Poly CNSE. Empire State Development and NYSTAR will invest up to $10 million in STC, which is managed and supported by SUNY Poly CNSE and leverages the state’s investment in these two facilities, positioning New York State as a global leader in smart system and smart device innovation and manufacturing.

Prior to joining CNSE, Mr. Tolley had an extensive career in the Rochester area in the Optics field, as well as serving as President & CEO at the Infotonics Technology Center from 2008-2010. Mr. Tolley holds a Bachelors from Clarkson University in Mechanical Engineering.

Ryne Raffaelle was appointed vice president for research and associate provost at RIT in 2011. He was formerly the director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., the federal government’s central research organization for solar energy development. Raffaelle returns to RIT after serving in a number of different capacities from 2000 to 2009. His many assignments at RIT included an appointment as the first academic director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He also served as the director of the NanoPower Research Lab at RIT. At the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado, Raffaelle provided technical vision, strategic leadership, asset stewardship and personnel management for the center. He worked on developing and enhancing technical capabilities relevant to advancing solar energy technologies while delivering world-class quality research and development, testing and validation.

Rob Clark serves as both the Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Senior Vice President for Research, at the University of Rochester.

As Vice President for Research, Rob manages the University’s online academic initiatives, the research component of information technology, and oversees the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Sponsored University Research Group, Office of Research Projects Administration, Center for Entrepreneurship, Office of Research Alliances, Office of Human Subjects Protection/Research Subjects Review Board, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the University’s Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI).

As Hajim School dean since 2008, Clark has grown and strengthened the faculty, introduced cross-disciplinary master’s programs—including the MS in technical entrepreneurship management in collaboration with the Simon School of Business—and significantly increased the undergraduate enrollment in engineering. He also successfully led Hajim’s ABET accreditation efforts, and has provided key leadership in the school’s 2016 fundraising campaign goal.

Clark joined the University in 2008 from Duke University, after serving as senior associate dean and dean of the Pratt School of Engineering. His expertise in the science of acoustics and in bionanomanufacturing has led to 130 journal publications and earned him awards including the Lindsey Award of the Acoustical Society of America, the National Science Foundation Career Program Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the NASA Group Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Acoustical Society of America, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

About the Photonics Institute

Photonics harnesses the power of light to move data at great speeds, and the research done at the new Institute will integrate photonics components to revolutionize computer chips, making them faster, smaller, and more reliable with a wide range of applications, including medical technology, defense, telecommunications, the Internet, and information technology.

A $110 million federal grant awarded to the SUNY Polytechnic-led “American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics” will support a high-tech national consortium. Total public and private investment in the Photonics Institute will exceed $600 million, including more than $250 million by New York State to equip, install, and make operational state-of-the-art photonics prototyping operations, including packaging and testing in Rochester. The institute’s work will establish an ecosystem around this promising technology to enable economic growth and job creation in the Greater Rochester area and across New York and the United States, enhance national security, and lead to major advances within a wide range of practical applications.

Two Regional Entities Vie To Help RRPC Members Seeking SEMATECH Opportunities

December 13, 2011

SEMATECH Means Opportunity

Regional optics, photonics and imaging companies have been trying to reach out to Albany Nanotech since the school’s inception. To date, UA staff have been unwilling to host meetings of a technical nature with RRPC / New York Photonics members under our own auspices, and have encouraged companies to participate in technology fairs held in the Albany Nanotech atrium.  This has been frustrating.  The usual feedback we hear from participants in those small outreach efforts and technology fairs has been less then impressive. None of these efforts have resulted in real contracting opportunities of the sort we have experienced through our efforts with Brookhaven National Laboratory, for example.

Our region now has two organizations in a position to change that relationship for the better.  STC MEMS in Canandaigua (once known as Infotonics) became part of  the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany last year.  Albany Nanotech, the New York State Center of Excellence in nanotechnology is also located at CNSE.  Technically their name is now the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of the State University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.  One way to think of it might be that STC MEMS is interested in, and is actually developing real contract manufacturing work with OEM’s, whereas Albany Nanotech is interested in cutting edge R&D with the big names in the semiconductor industry, and under the auspices of SEMATECH.  This may be an oversimplification, but we have to try to understand the relationship somehow.

Background on SEMATECH

SEMATECH (from “semiconductor manufacturing technology”) is a not-for-profit consortium that performs research and development to advance chip manufacturing. SEMATECH’s core mission is to ensure the continued advancement of its member semiconductor manufacturing companies through support of next generation speculative research and by enabling the infrastructure and supply chain to create production capability according to the demand of market forces.

SEMATECH was formed in 1987 as a partnership between the United States government and 14 U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturers.  Its mission was to solve common manufacturing problems and regain competitiveness for the U.S. semiconductor industry that had been surpassed by the Japanese industry in the mid-1980s. A number of cities competed fiercely to have SEMATECH locate in their region with incentive packages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  In 1987 Austin Texas was selected.

In 1996, SEMATECH stopped receiving matching funds from the U.S. government and began accepting international members.  Today the consortium includes all of the major semiconductor manufacturers in the world.  It is a global consortium.  In 2002, New York State used $160 million in incentives to convince SEMATECH to set up a $350M R&D center for advanced lithography in Albany.  It is located on the SUNY campus at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

The STC MEMS and CEIS Connections

CEIS, hosted at the University of Rochester, changed the meaning of its acronym last year from “Center For Electronic Imaging Science” to “Center For Emerging & Innovative Sciences.”  CEIS, funded by NYSTAR, is a University Collaborative, with other participating universities listed on the website as RIT, University at Buffalo, Cornell and Columbia.  Note that Albany Nanotech is not listed.  This can lead to some confusion, but with two entities in our region active with SEMATECH, regional companies now have two possible avenues through which to identify research areas where their expertise may be able to add value.  This can only be good for RRPC / New York Photonics companies.

In our region, STC MEMS has been leading the effort to promote the involvement of firms and institutions across western New York with SEMATECH.  Now, CEIS is leading a concurrent effort.

The Snowballing Opportunity

The first phase of SEMATECH’s activities focused on keeping and eventually growing the semiconductor industry in the United States.  Phase two focused on the development of finer lithography for smaller nodes.  In both of these phases, the innovation and development needed to achieve these broad goals was too expensive for any one SEMATECH member to accomplish alone, thus resulting in this collaborative approach.  Now developing their third phase of activities, a strategic initiative includes involving more Rochester-area firms and institutions, representing technologies such as optics/photonics, biomedical diagnostics, metrology and other affiliated technologies. As part of CNSE, STC MEMS is leading an effort in our region to ensure that the appropriate fit is achieved for SEMATECH as it expands its focus, aligned with the demands of its key members, to reduce the time from innovation to manufacturing.

There has been over $15 billion invested in nanoscale semiconductor manufacturing in New York State’s Capital District region over the past several years, with several billion coming from the State Government.  This makes the Capital District the leading center of advanced semiconductor research and development in the world. There remain, however, serious challenges in transferring the technology being developed into high volume manufacturing, putting the state’s investment at risk. Many of these challenges involve optics and imaging.  There are also significant opportunities in the application of photonics and three-dimensional packaging to increase the speed and reduce the power consumption of next generation integrated circuits.  New York’s Finger Lakes region has some of the worlds most advanced capability in these areas.  The combination of the Capital District’s nanoscale technology with the Finger Lakes “Nano-Photonics” technology can mitigate the risk for the state’s investment in the Capital District and be an economic boom to the Finger Lakes region.

This year, CEIS got involved with promoting SEMATECH opportunities.  On October 6th and 7th, a high level delegation from SEMATECH met with academic, economic development and industry representatives in Rochester to discuss synergies that exist between the nanoscale manufacturing in eastern NY and the photonics resources in the Rochester region.  Photonics and imaging play key roles in semiconductor technology.  Many of the most challenging problems associated with fabricating nm scale chips involve imaging.  And on-chip optical interconnects will begin to replace copper to enable faster and more power efficient integrated circuits.  The outcome of those meetings was a sense by both parties that very significant synergies exist, and that near term investments in building a SEMATECH presence in Rochester are warranted. The technical and intellectual assets of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region are in perfect alignment with the needs of this industry and thus there exists the potential for huge economic impact to our region, easily hundreds of millions of dollars and many thousands of jobs.

While exact figures for follow-on private investment and total economic impact are hard to predict with confidence, we may look to SEMATECH’s track record over its 25 year history of bringing economic development to the areas in which it operates as a guide.  Just look at the impact on Austin and Albany.

According to Paul Ballentine, Associate Director of CEIS and a former resident of Austin, Texas (SEMATECH ’s first home base), a move by SEMATECH to expand its presence to Rochester could very possibly be the most important development in this region’s economy in several decades.  When SEMATECH establishes an R&D center, many of the member semiconductor device manufacturing companies, and the partner equipment manufacturers, choose to locate operations in the region.  We have been watching this happen at Albany Nanotech for the last decade.  The Albany region is now home to a multibillion-dollar semiconductor foundry.  IBM has made significant investments into its factories in the Hudson Valley as well.

The magnitude of the semiconductor industry’s investment in New York to date is so large that no single region is able to fully support it.  A major goal of SEMATECH now is to build out the infrastructure and supply chain across the state to support the industry, and Rochester has been identified by SEMATECH as the most promising region in their expansion efforts.  The reason for this interest is clear.  Some of the most challenging tasks required to keep Moore’s Law on track involve optics, imaging, and photonics, and these are areas where Rochester is a world leader. SEMATECH would be basing two of its most important research and development programs in Rochester.

Possible Synergies Between the Finger Lakes Region and Nanotechnology in the Capital District Region

The first program is to develop the photomasks, light sources, and optics required for next generation photolithography, which uses extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation.  This work would greatly benefit from the knowledge of lasers, plasmas, and optics in the University of Rochester Hajim School, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), and RIT.

EUV light is generated by using high power lasers to create a plasma from molten droplets of tin – sharing much of the technology with the work on inertial confinement fusion done at the LLE.  CEIS, the Laser Lab, and SEMATECH have already had technical discussions on possible approaches.  The design and manufacturing of ultra-precise optical mirrors is another critical need.  Discussions along these lines have taken place with SEMATECH on the use of free-form mirror design developed by Prof. Jannick Rolland in Optics.  RRPC member Optimax Systems developed conformable synchrotron mirrors for use with the new light source being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  When Brookhaven staff and RRPC met in 2009, there was no known source for the mirrors.  (see previous blog post)

The second program is in 3-dimentional packaging, which includes work on optical interconnects and integrated photonics.   It has been said that just as the 20th century was the century of the electron, the 21st century will be the century of the photon.  High speed optical interconnects and integrated photonic devices will help solve the challenging issues of reducing power and increasing the speed of integrated circuits.  Once again, the UR has performed groundbreaking research in this area, designing the first 3D chip ever demonstrated.  This early accomplishment was a purely electronic design and there is a lot of research ongoing in the Hajim School and at RIT on 3D chips that integrate photonics and electronics.  Establishing a SEMATECH presence in Rochester would leverage this activity and put Rochester at the forefront of next generation integrated circuits.

The Finger Lakes economy will benefit at many levels from a SEMATECH presence in Rochester. The first level of economic expansion would be the direct investment by the state.  This would be spent to build R&D programs at the University of Rochester, RIT and in theory, local companies.

Thanks to Paul Ballentine, Associate Director, CEIS and David Gottfried, Government and Community Affairs Director, STC MEMS for their input.