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Cree completes first silicon carbide wafer test at SUNY Poly

Cree Inc., the company building a manufacturing facility in Marcy, has created its first silicon carbide test wafers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 3:25 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2019 3:47 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Cree Inc., the company building a manufacturing facility in Marcy, has created its first silicon carbide test wafers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany.

The test was a collective effort between Cree, SUNY Poly and the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES).


Photo courtesy of Cree

Photo courtesy of Cree

“This is a small but significant step toward a very promising future for the Mohawk Valley-- signaling not only the beginning of our formal partnership with New York State, but also a preview of the groundbreaking work that is coming to the region,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Cree. “Together, we’re really excited to grow the silicon carbide industry as we support the automotive industry’s transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles while also training the future innovative leaders of our field in the Mohawk Valley.”

Staff from Cree and NY CREATES began working on the Albany campus of SUNY Poly a week after announcing plans for the new facility. The organizations expect to have up to two dozen full-time staff working on the project by mid-November.

Cree says the first demonstration of the silicon carbide test wafers are expected to be held at the SUNY Poly Albany campus sometime next year.

Site and infrastructure improvements are scheduled at the Marcy site before construction on the facility can begin.

Cree is expected to bring 600 new jobs to Marcy within eight years and provide internships and research opportunities for SUNY students.

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