Capital region hosts global semiconductor conference

May 24, 2012

Computer chip company executives from around the globe are in Saratoga Springs this week.

As the Innovation Trail’s Marie Cusick reports, it’s yet another sign of the Capital region’s growing importance in the world of advanced manufacturing.

This marks the first time the Albany area is hosting a meeting of the World Semiconductor Council.
Brian Toohey heads the Semiconductor Industry Association. He says the region has become significant because it’s a hub for both research and manufacturing.

“New York State and the Albany area in particular has become a real center for the global semiconductor industry,” he said.

Semiconductors are crucial to many high-tech electronic devices and computers.

The Saratoga Springs area is also home to a new $4.5 billion manufacturing plant from the computer chip company, GlobalFoundries.