State officials say the seven-year agreement calls forInternational Sematech to locate its headquarters in Albany,increase its work force by 450 jobs over three years, and provide$25 million to fund research at colleges and universities at fivecenters around the state.

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Sptizer, Silver and Bruno report that they will push for thepassage of a soon-to-be introduced bill that would provide $300million in state funding to Sematech to facilitate the expansion.The funding will be made available over five years to help the firmpurchase advanced semiconductor process equipment. In turn,Sematech has made a financial commitment of $300 million in cashand in-kind contributions in connection with the expansion effort.The project will support new research at the Nanotech Center inAlbany and serve as an additional resource supporting existingoperations of Sematech members in the Hudson Valley and the CapitalRegion, state officials say.

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To allay any confusion regarding its operations in Austin,Sematech later issued a statement that while it is significantlyexpanding its presence in New York, the company's corporate officesand operations in Texas, including its advanced materials programsand some subsidiaries, will remain in Austin.

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State officials and Sematech did not divulge specifics on theproject's size and scope.

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Alain Kaloyeros, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineeringvice president and chief administrative officer, says the AlbanyNanoTech complex at the University at Albany is currently a $3.5billion, 450,000-sf complex. The University at Albany NanoCollegehouses the only fully integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilotprototyping and demonstration line within 65,000 sf of class 1capable cleanrooms. Over 1,600 scientists, researchers, engineers,students, faculty and others work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTechcomplex, he says.

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An expansion currently under way will increase the size ofCNSE's Albany NanoTech complex to more than 750,000 sf, includingmore than 80,000 sf of class 1 cleanroom space, that will housemore 2,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and facultyby the end of 2008.

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Spitzer says of the agreement in principle with Sematech, "Thisdecision by Sematech is an affirmation of the University at AlbanyNanoCollege's status as the most advanced research complex of itskind at any university in the world. It also represents a strongstatement of how committed New York is to positioning itself as aleader in the innovation economy by providing both the facilitiesfor state-of-the-art research and education of the tech savvyworkforce, and the assistance to translate nanoelectronicsinnovations into commercial products."

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International Sematech president and CEO Michael Polcari states,"As a world leader in setting direction, enabling flexiblecollaboration, and bridging strategic R&D to manufacturing forthe nanoelectronics industry, we believe that the establishment ofour International Sematech headquarters and operations in New Yorksignificantly strengthens our competitiveness and ability toprovide our member companies with production-worthy technologicalinnovations that meet the requirements of their technical andbusiness roadmaps."

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