Group Opposing 450 mm N.Y. Subsidy – 2010-02-08 14:55:52 | Semiconductor International

Group Opposing 450 mm N.Y. Subsidy – 2010-02-08 14:55:52 | Semiconductor International.

A “Concerned Citizen Group” is opposing any New York State funding for a 450 mm wafer development center at CNSE/Sematech in Albany, N.Y. The group told New York politicians that any state funding for 450 mm development would not benefit companies operating in the state, and would be a “reckless waste of taxpayer money.”

David Lammers, News Editor — Semiconductor International, 2/8/2010

An anonymous “Concerned Citizen Group” is claiming that a move is afoot to gain New York State tax dollars to support a 450 mm wafer development effort based in Albany, N.Y. The group has appealed to several New York politicians, arguing that the claimed effort by Sematech and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) “is a reckless waste of taxpayer money and should not be pursued.”

The group said a grant request is being prepared for consideration by the New York Legislature that would appropriate tens of millions of dollars for support of a 450 mm development effort. The group said the money would be spent on equipment largely manufactured outside of New York, noting that it will have little benefit on employment in the state.

The group also said that the three companies that are publicly supporting the transition to 450 mm wafers — Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC, Hsinchu, Taiwan) — do not have plans for manufacturing in New York. “None are New York companies and two of the three are from Asia. None have manufacturing facilities in New York nor is there planning to have job facilities in New York.”

The group said any New York State grant to CNSE/Sematech Albany “is of no economic benefit to New York. It is a reckless waste of taxpayer money and should not be pursued.”

Thus far, Sematech’s 450 mm development program has been run by its ISMI subsidiary from a relatively small space in Austin, Texas. The 450 mm program is transitioning to a new phase this year, moving from wafer handling infrastructure to early wafer processing.

450 development timeline (020810-450DevTimeline.jpg)The ISMI 450 mm wafer development effort is moving to a wafer processing stage, starting this year. (Source: ISMI)

Sematech spokeswoman Anne Englander said she was not aware of any discussions by Sematech and CNSE to co-develop a 450 mm development facility. “There is no new news on the 450 mm front,” she said. Steve Janack, a spokesman at Albany NanoTech, said he was “not aware of any discussions with Sematech, or Samsung, Intel or TSMC” regarding 450 mm development.

cnse expansion (020810-Aerial-CNSE.jpg)CNSE has expanded its cleanroom and office space in the past year. (Source: CNSE)
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