1/12/2012 9:03:22 AM
Times Union: Schumer seeks to land new chip programs
ALBANY — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is putting pressure on the Department of Defense to fund two Navy computer chip programs that could lead to additional chip factories for upstate New York.
Schumer recently wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to push funding for two new types of chips being developed by a California company called APIC Corp. that has research and development operations at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
APIC, which currently does manufacturing in Honolulu, is developing a unique kind of chip that uses photons, or light, instead of just electrons typically used to power chips through metal wiring.