Posted on: 10-May-2007
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Money talks when it comes to semiconductor research, where each machine costs millions and researchers capable of high-k or EUV research are not cheap either.
So when political leaders in New York decided this week to provide $300 million in funding to Sematech over the next five years, it was just the latest stage in moving more of Sematech from Austin – its home for the past two decades – to Albany, New York.
As Chris Mack, a former Sematech lithography researcher, said, “
Sematech is now a two-headed beast. International Sematech was the consortium’s official name for a few years. Then the word “International” was dropped. Now International Sematech is being revived as the name of the Albany-based part of Sematech. Sematech will keep its offices in
ISMI and other Sematech programs will stay in
“The key to survival is adapting,” Mack said. By cuddling up to
The money has to come from somewhere. In the last few years, Samsung has joined as a core member, but Freescale, Hynix, STMicroelectronics, Philips, and TSMC all have dropped out. With six chip manufacturers and HP as the remaining core members, Sematech’s budget was in the $160 million range.
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