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A company that produces lighting products for power and radio frequency applications is building the world’s largest silicon carbide device manufacturing facility in Marcy, N.Y.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 11:14 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 9:10 AM

MARCY, N.Y. – A company that produces power and radio frequency seminconductor wafers is building what they're calling the world’s largest silicon carbide device manufacturing facility in Marcy, N.Y., bringing 600 jobs to the region.

The company will use this new location as a silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility, where  wafers will be made through water fabrication, a procedure where many repeated sequential processes produce complete circuits on semiconductor wafers.

Photo by KEITH HUNT - Marcy will be the home of a new 480,000 manufacturing facility.

Cree Inc., a company based out of Durham, N.C., will invest $1 billion in building the new facility, named “North Fab,” creating what they’re calling a “silicon carbide corridor” between Durham and the Utica area. 

“This state-of-the-art, automotive-qualified wafer fabrication facility builds on our 30-year heritage of commercializing breakthrough technologies that help our customers deliver next-generation applications. We look forward to connecting our North Carolina and New York innovation hubs to drive the accelerated adoption of silicon carbide,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Cree has committed to create over 600 new jobs within eight years and provide internships and research opportunities for State University of New York students.

"This partnership is vital to strengthening the research and scientific assets that New York State needs today to attract the high-tech industries and jobs of tomorrow," said Cuomo. "This is a crucial step in cultivating the advanced manufacturing infrastructure of New York State, growing the upstate economy and transforming the future of the Mohawk Valley.”

SUNY has also committed to match up to $5 million in semiconductor-related research funding from Cree for the SUNY system.

"SUNY Poly is committed to providing a top-tier education, enabling our students to thrive in the 21st century economy in the Mohawk Valley, across New York State, and beyond. Our commitment dovetails perfectly with today's announcement, and SUNY Poly is proud to contribute to the continuing growth of future research and innovation capacity in New York State,” said Dr. Grace Wang, interim president at SUNY Poly.

The new fabrication facility, as part of a project to increase capacity for its Wolfspeed silicon carbide and GaN business, will be a highly-automated factory with greater output capability. Through a strategic partnership with the governor's office and other state and local agencies and entities, the decision to build in New York will allow for continued future expansion.

Silicon carbide is at the core of the move to electric vehicles and the rollout of ultrafast 5G networks. This enables greater system efficiencies that result in electric cars with longer range and faster charging, while reducing cost, lowering weight and conserving space.

The size of the new facility will be up to 480,000 square-feet upon completion, approximately one-fourth of which will be clean room space, providing room for future expansion.

As part of the partnership, Cree will be investing approximately $1 billion in construction, equipment and other related costs for the New York fab. New York state will provide a $500 million grant from Empire State Development and Cree will be eligible for additional local incentives and abatements as well as equipment and tooling from SUNY.

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