Silicon Valley-based Group4 Labs, which utilizes artificial diamonds to develop energy-efficient semiconductor wafers, is launching a production unit at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). This was revealed in an announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Group4 Labs will start production by summer and will at first offer 10 jobs. It aims to create 50 high-tech jobs in the Capital Region in over four years. The company had earlier opened a production and test facility in Syracuse, which will create 94 jobs in over four years. The company headquartered in Fremont, California signed an accord with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Under the agreement, the agency will invest $1.5 million, while the project will raise a further $4 million through private funding.
The company develops semiconductors for radar systems, smart phones, tablet computers and cellular transmission towers. The company will install its equipment at CNSE's clean room.
Felix Ejeckam, chief executive officer and co-founder of Group4, said the devices are energy efficient due to the use of chip designs, which reduce the dependence on fossil fuel and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Francis J. Murray Jr., NYSERDA's president and chief executive officer added that NYSERDA is committed to companies that develop clean-energy solutions and endeavor to create employment and an eco-friendly community.