Albany nanocollege names new research consortium manager

An executive at the world’s largest computer chip manufacturing company has been named as general ma

An executive at the world’s largest computer chip manufacturing company has been named as general manager of internal operations for the Albany nanocollege’s research consortium.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering announced Tuesday that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s Cheng-Chung Chien will join the leadership team of the college’s Global 450mm Consortium.

“We are at an exciting juncture in the transition to 450mm wafer technology, and we are extremely pleased to have Cheng-Chung Chien join the G450C consortium leadership team,” said nanocollege CEO Alain Kaloyeros in a statement. “Mr. Chien has established himself as a leader in innovation and technology who doesn’t just meet expectations, but exceeds them.”

Chien is currently the director of TSMC’s “Fab 3” in Hsinchu, Taiwan where he decreased production costs and improved operational efficiency, according to a news release from the nanocollege. He joined TSMC in 2000 and has three decades of experience in the industry.

The G450C initiative includes a partnership between the nanocollege and TSMC as well as GlobalFoundries, IBM, Intel and Samsung. The companies are working together as part of the consortium in Albany on next-generation computer chip research.

“I am humbled and excited by the appointment to lead this consortium of industry leaders as we plan for the final stages in the transition to 450mm wafer technology,” Chien said in a statement. He is expected to start his new role at the nanocollege this summer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced the consortium in September 2011. Companies invested $4.8 billion to team up in an effort to transition the industry to build computer chips on larger silicon wafers.

Current industry standard for wafers is 300mm, and the consortium is looking to move to 450mm wafers. The larger wafers will allow the manufacturers to build more chips on each, which is expected to drive down costs and boost production.

“There are few opportunities to revolutionize an entire industry while serving the growing demands of the global tech community,” Chien said. “I look forward to celebrating many successes with the G450C, and achieving them with efficiency and affordability.”

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