A $350 million deal between Nikon and the State University of New York's Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) school in Albany will create a first-of-its-kind next-generation technology center that will not only prepare students for high-tech careers, but also generate 100 new jobs.
WRGB reported that Nikon will join a global consortium of companies working at the college to drive the multi-billion-dollar international industry, which is currently making the transition from a 300mm platform to the 450mm one in the semiconductor manufacturing process.
"This new partnership is further proof that New York is the leader in innovation and research in the nanotechnology field as this important industry continues to evolve," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "The technologies being developed at CNSE in collaboration with these corporations will allow our state to compete for the high-tech jobs of the future, attract new investments and grow the state's economy."
Nikon said it will place engineers, scientists and researchers at the campus, as well as provide lithography scanner tools and wafer patterning services to support development.
The partnership comes on the heels of a number of recent orders that Nikon received from a major device manufacturer for the new 450mm immersion scanners, Xbit Laboratories reported.