From Nano to Mega
From the Desk of the Editor in Chief
In October, our thoughts usually turn to ripe, juicy apples and autumn leaves that paint a multi-colored coda across the landscape. We canâ€™t think of a better place to celebrate this annual ritual than Upstate New York.
Nestled among the scenic wonders along New Yorkâ€™s Hudson River is a cluster of initiatives that are making the Empire State the national leader in advanced high-tech manufacturing. This month, we focus on the crown jewel of New Yorkâ€™s Tech Valley: GlobalFoundriesâ€™ $4.2-billion Fab 8 semiconductor manufacturing facility at the Luther Forest Tech Campus in Malta, NY.
Rising above a former rocket-fuel test site is a 300,000-square-foot cleanroom soon to be packed with sophisticated tooling producing the most advanced microchips in the world, based on nanotechnology refined at the University of Albanyâ€™s $6.5-billion College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Components on GF microchips will be as small as 22 nanometersâ€”much smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
The synergistic harmony between the GF project and a multitude of R&D resources in the region is as spectacular as the fall foliage symphony in the surrounding woods. As President Obama declared during a recent visit to the region, all of the ingredients are present for a better future.