SkyWater expands and establishes a presence in Indiana
US pure play semiconductor foundry, SkyWater Technology, has signed a lease with Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) to accommodate an initial SkyWater team in the WestGate@Crane Technology Park in Odon, Indiana, adjacent to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane).
Many professionals, elected officials, business leaders and civic figures have advocated to develop an ecosystem of innovators at WestGate@Crane Technology Park. SkyWater joins WestGate’s growing group of partners in the defense, radiation hardened (rad-hard) and advanced packaging space with the goal of increased collaboration and synergy, a press release reads. WestGate was developed around NSWC Crane, a Navy lab providing research, development, test, evaluation and logistics support to the Department of Defense (DOD). Many of NSWC Crane’s efforts focus on advancing DOD-unique capabilities in rad-hard electronics, radio-frequency (RF) technology, optoelectronics, advanced packaging and trusted and assured microelectronics. SkyWater’s location in the technology park supports WestGate’s vision to become a center of excellence in DOD microelectronics. In addition, given Indiana’s dynamic economy, SkyWater anticipates its presence at WestGate will open up access to other opportunities such as Indiana’s READI program. Kevin Jackson, recently appointed as SkyWater’s senior vice president of corporate development, will lead the company’s efforts at Westgate.