A semiconductor manufacturing startup based at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany is thriving despite all of the upheaval lately at the school.
Neutral Physics Corp., a joint venture between Exogenesis Corp. and Sematech, the computer chip manufacturing consortium based at SUNY Poly, had its new atom beam "tool" delivered to one of SUNY Poly's chip manufacturing clean rooms just this week to begin "alpha" testing.
Exogenesis, which is based outside Boston, announced the novel technology development venture with Sematech back in 2015, although it has received little attention since.
Both Exogenesis and Sematech are shareholders in the company, which is making an atomic particle accelerator that produces atomic-scale etchings onto the silicon wafers used to make computer chips.
Although Sematech recently dismissed its CEO and has scaled back its operations in recent years, Exogenesis CEO Richard Svrluga told the Times Union that his company's partnership with Sematech and SUNY Poly has been extremely beneficial.
The startup just named a new CEO this month - former IBM executive R. "Jaga" Jagannathan - and recent had a "successful" round of Series A financing from outside investors, Svrluga said.