The Center for Semiconductor Research (CSR), a leading-edge research center valued at more than $1 billion as of October 2010, was established at SUNY Poly in May 2005 through partnerships with the leading companies in the nanoelectronics industry. The CSR is a long-term, multi-phase, joint R&D cooperative program on future computer chip technology nodes beginning with the 32nm computer chip device node. Industry partners within the CSR include IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, SONY, Toshiba, Tokyo Electron, and Applied Materials.
The CSR is truly unique in the academic world in two respects: (a) it is the only center within a university setting that provides full vertical integration of the design, modeling, fabrication, testing, and pilot-prototyping capabilities required to produce the nanochips of the future, beginning with a blanket silicon wafer and ending with workable nanochip demonstration vehicles, and (b) it represents the first time in history that a university “has been placed in the critical path of technology development and deployment” of a high tech corporation.
In July 2008, Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos announced significant new investments by IBM and New York State, accelerating New York's international leadership in nanotechnology research and development and creating up to 1,000 new high-tech jobs Upstate. The State will provide a total of $140 million in economic development grants, leveraging more than ten-to-one the private investment of $1.5 billion from IBM. The investment will go toward three separate and complementary components of a comprehensive project, supporting the nanotechnology computer chip activities of IBM, including: the expansion of IBM's operations at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, which will result in the creation of 325 new R&D jobs; the creation of a new, advanced 120,000-square-foot semiconductor packaging research and development center at a to-be-determined location in Upstate New York that will be established, managed and owned by CNSE, with IBM conducting operations at that site; and, the upgrading of IBM's East Fishkill facility in Dutchess County.
The three projects will collectively advance nanochip technologies, including cutting-edge chip design, demonstration, and testing, all of which takes place at SUNY Poly's Albany NanoTech Complex. Nano-chips each carry billions of transistors, and applications include high-end personal computers and laptops; high-performance servers and supercomputers; virtual reality and advanced electronic games; medical devices and components; ultra-fast telecommunications devices; "sensor-on-a-chip" systems for anti-terrorism and "soldier-in-the-field" remote monitoring and sensing.