Austrian chip maker going to Utica also will open an Albany design center

AMS AG, the Austrian analog chip manufacturer that is planning a chip fab in Utica, will open a design center in Albany as soon as possible at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the company’s CEO said. Kirk Laney, the CEO of AMS, told the Times Union in an interview Friday that the company is looking at putting together a chip design team in Albany even before construction begins on the $2 billion fab next year at the Marcy Nanocenter, the 450-acre site that sits across the street from SUNY Poly’s Utica campus. SUNY Poly will own the fab building, and AMS will sign a long-term lease and spend $2 billion over 20 years on equipping and running the facility. Analog chips measure things in the environment like sound, humidity, pressure and light and translate that data into binary code so that it can be handled by digital microprocessors. Laney, who is a U.S. citizen, used to work at Texas Instruments before spinning off a company called Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions that was acquired by AMS in 2011. The Utica site is also ideal because AMS will be looking for new ways to package analog chips with digital chips to make them more effective, and SUNY Poly’s packaging research lab is also located in Utica.

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AMS AG, the Austrian analog chip manufacturer that is planning a chip fab in Utica, will open a design center in Albany as soon as possible at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the company’s CEO said.
Kirk Laney, the CEO of AMS, told the Times Union in an interview Friday that the company is looking at putting together a chip design team in Albany even before construction begins on the $2 billion fab next year at the Marcy Nanocenter, the 450-acre site that sits across the street from SUNY Poly’s Utica campus.  “It makes a lot of sense,” Laney said of the Albany design center.  That’s because AMS will be looking to shrink the components of the analog chips that it makes — most of which are sensors — beyond what most of the industry is doing today to make them smaller and more powerful for wearable devices and industrial Internet or Internet of Things applications.
“We’ve named it the Internet of Awareness because it is all sensor-driven,” Laney said.  –  AMS, which has 1,800 employees, has 13 design centers around the world. Its one fab is in Austria, but it also outsources chip manufacturing to foundries like TSMC and GlobalFoundries. The company did not know how many would be employed in the Albany design center or how much the company would spend on the facility. New York state is spending $200 million on building the AMS fab in Utica and on other partnerships with the company. SUNY Poly will own the fab building, and AMS will sign a long-term lease and spend $2 billion over 20 years on equipping and running the facility.

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