7 July 2017
SUNY Poly-led AIM Photonics and NY-Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium highlighting research, collaboration at SEMICON West
SUNY Polytechnic Institute – in partnership with Empire State Development (ESD), the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) and the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) – says some of its leading researchers, scientists from a number of its corporate partners, and New York State economic development experts will share R&D updates at the SEMICON West 2017 conference in San Francisco (11-13 July).
Researchers based at SUNY Poly’s Albany campus will present progress reports for initiatives it is spearheading across New York State, including updates on AIM Photonics and the NY-PEMC, which are ramping up capabilities related to the development of next-generation photonics-based technologies, quantum computing, and silicon carbide (SiC)-based power electronics, respectively, in addition to spurring economic engagement activities throughout New York State.
“Our strategic approach and improved business climate are successfully attracting innovative firms and entrepreneurs,” says Empire State Development president, CEO & commissioner Howard Zemsky.
At the SEMICON West conference, SUNY Poly presenters, including SUNY Poly’s VP for research and CEO of AIM Photonics Dr Michael Liehr and SUNY Poly’s associate VP for business, Wafer Processing and CMO of AIM Photonics Frank Tolic are providing updates on the SUNY Poly-led AIM Photonics initiative as it begins building and equipping the Rochester-based photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility. To date, AIM Photonics has seen increasing interest in membership, with more than 80 signed members and additional interested collaborators from across the USA, including those representing areas ranging from industry and academia to government. More specifically, AIM Photonics and SUNY Poly leaders will provide presentations on topics such as ‘The integrated silicon photonics 21st century revolution’ and ‘Leveraging state-of-the-art fabrication to advance quantum computing technologies’. In addition, presentations also detail AIM Academy and workforce development efforts meant to ensure that AIM Photonics-related jobs will be filled from a pool of diverse, highly qualified candidates.
“As the national AIM Photonics initiative hits its stride, initializing important R&D work and the high-tech infrastructure to drive New York State’s innovative ecosystem, as well as significant R&D nodes across the USA, we are thrilled to be able to share AIM’s opportunities with the many researchers and business leaders at SEMICON West,” says Liehr. “AIM Photonics is eager to share updates related to the development of the TAP facility in Rochester, New York, as well as its latest offerings which can enable meaningful, cost-effective collaborations via the leveraging of the initiative’s PDK (process design kit) and MPW (multi-project wafer) capabilities.”
A New York Nanotechnology Summit on 12 July (8am–noon) at the PARC55 Hotel provides an opportunity to learn more about New York State’s research and business opportunities in the nanotechnology sector, especially as it relates to semiconductor, integrated photonics, power electronics, packaging, and other nanotechnology-related R&D and commercialization efforts. Representatives from AIM Photonics, NY-PEMC, SUNY Poly, New York Economic Development Agencies, and industry leaders IBM, GE, TEL, Mentor, Infinera, Coventor, Cadence and Eastman Business Park will offer key technology insights, program updates and information about future partnership and business opportunities, in addition to details about shovel-ready, cost-effective and efficient locations for companies that are looking for growth.
Also at SEMICON West, NY-PEMC representatives are giving presentations detailing the initiative’s progress as SUNY Poly, in partnership with General Electric, drives the high-volume manufacturing and packaging of power electronic devices and systems that are smaller, faster and more efficient than existing silicon-based computer chips. The presentations offer details related to the first production of SiC-based patterned wafers at NY-PEMC’s 150mm SiC foundry, which was announced in February. For example, NY-PEMC’s Brian Sapp is presenting ‘The New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium: Enabling the Power Electronics Revolution’, offering further insight into SUNY Poly’s Albany NanoTech Complex and its power electronics capabilities, as well as the power electronics packaging facility at SUNY Poly’s Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) fab in Utica, NY, where partner Danfoss Silicon Power will package modules and power blocks for industrial, automotive, and renewable energy applications.
Complementing the research-based presentations by AIM Photonics and NY-PEMC-focused researchers and partners, the more than 26,000 expected attendees of the SEMICON West 2017 conference and exhibition can also learn more about those initiatives and SUNY Poly’s resources and capabilities by visiting the New York State Pavilion in booth #7837 (in the Moscone Center’s West Hall, Level One), which features representatives from SUNY Poly, Empire State Development, NY Loves Nanotech, AIM Photonics, and NY-PEMC, as well as a patterned 150mm SiC wafer produced by the consortium. At the booth, program leaders, scientists and others are providing information about New York State’s high-tech corridor and related economic engagement incentives, as well as opportunities for interested organizations in innovation-based industries.