SHENZHEN, CHINA, 14 APRIL 2011- The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has teamed up with Applied Materials to set up a Center of Excellence in Advanced Packaging in Singapore.
Located at Singapore's Science Park II, the centre will focus on developing new capabilities in advanced packaging which is a key growth market for the semiconductor industry.
Applied Materials specialises in providing manufacturing solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic industries. The company has been providing equipment for WLP since 2009 with a comprehensive line of processing systems for production line manufacturing.
IME is a world-renowned research institute under Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
The joint facility will feature a full line of Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) processing equipment and will be dedicated to conduct research in semiconductor hardware, process, and device structures.
"The setting up of this centre will help advance Singapore's aspiration to be a global R&D hub and Asia's innovation capital," said Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of A*STAR.
Streamlining manufacturing process
WLP is a kind of chip packaging done at the wafer level to streamline the manufacturing process and according to Applied Materials, several chip manufacturers have been adopting this innovative process.
"This collaboration is part of Applied Materials' strategy to expand our global R&D network and extend our leading position in advanced packaging, bringing our development activities closer to our customers in Asia," said Russell Tham, regional president, Applied Materials Southeast Asia.
"The centre is an excellent example of strategic partnerships fostered between two critical players in the global semiconductor value chain,” said professor Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director of IME. “Such a close collaboration will spur the growth of next generation equipment and translate into greater share of the semiconductor market in Asia and the world for Applied Materials, and position Singapore as the country of choice for global semiconductor R&D."
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