IBM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced that nearly 220 engineers and scientists who lead IBM’s chip research and development efforts at SUNY Poly’s Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
In 2014, IBM announced $3 billion investment in chip R&D over the next five years.
IBM said the new development will boost chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing, Big Data, and cognitive computing systems.
“The IBMers working at SUNY Poly possess unique skills and capabilities, positioning our company to drive development of the next generation of chips and to fuel a new era of computing,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Solutions Portfolio and Research at IBM.
As per the $3 billion investment plans, IBM focuses on the development of basic materials science to make it possible to shrink semiconductors to 7 nanometers and beyond, as well as support research into completely new areas beyond traditional silicon architectures, such as synaptic computing, quantum devices, carbon nanotubes, and photonics.
The partnership between IBM and SUNY Poly expands beyond Albany, as SUNY Poly continues its growth across New York.
IBM has already announced that it is locating 500 tech jobs in Buffalo as a component of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion and the establishment of the $55 million Buffalo IT Innovation and Commercialization Hub.