Semiconductor designer opens two R&D facilities in upstate New York

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Advanced Micro Devices, a California-based designer of high-performance semiconductors, has opened two research and design facilities in upstate New York.

The new facilities are located at Westage Business Center in the village of Fishkill in Dutchess County and at Linden Oaks Office Park in Rochester. Both focus on the design and validation of mixed-signal integrated circuits and packaging for processors used in cloud computing, data centers, gaming and PCs.

The AMD project is the latest boost for tech design and manufacturing in upstate New York.

In June, GlobalFoundries announced it will make computer chips for Lockheed Martin, the $66 billion defense contractor that makes helicopters, fighter jets and other weapons and equipment for the U.S. military. Also, Albany Nanotech Complex was designated to host a new federally funded workforce training program that will benefit tech companies across the state.

Also, IBM has announced a $20 billion expansion to its quantum computing and semiconductor plant in Poughkeepsie and Micron Technology, one of the world’s largest computer chip manufacturers, will build a $100 billion semiconductor factory in the Syracuse suburbs that could create 50,000 jobs.

The project could receive up to $5 million in Empire State Development Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for statewide job creation commitments. Starting with an initial investment of $3.3 million, AMD expects to continue to further finance operations at both locations over the next several years. Greater Rochester Enterprise also offered assistance for the project, according to a news release.

“AMD employees in Monroe and Dutchess counties are focused on research and design efforts to develop next-generation high-performance processors. We are excited to expand our presence in the region, which is renowned for its top research universities and engineering talent, and to continue advancing leading-edge semiconductor innovation in the U.S.,” AMD Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster said in a statement.

Founded in 1969, AMD works in high-performance and adaptive computing technologies, according to its website. Its processors are in devices and services across a broad set of markets including cloud computing, enterprise, communications, health care, aerospace, automotive, PCs and gaming.

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