SINGAPORE-based A*STAR has launched the Advanced Semiconductor Joint Labs to develop semiconductor technologies for future electronics markets.
The joint labs were launched between the A*STAR IME and its 10 industry partners, including Applied Materials, Dai Nippon Printing, DISCO, KLA-Tencor, Mentor Graphics, Nikon, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific, PINK, Tokyo Electron Ltd. and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo.
While expectations are for smart devices to sustain a compact form factor, consumers also expect powerful performance and low power consumption. The challenge for the semiconductor industry is to meet these needs by addressing system and integration scaling in the electronics market.
The four joint labs that make up the Advanced Semiconductor venture specialise in lithography, wafer level packaging (WLP), metrology and assembly. The labs will research and develop semiconductor patterning, further develop 3D Integrated Circuits, quality control, and finally, the assembly and high-volume manufacturing of chips.
Together, the four labs will enable the development of innovative semiconductor technologies and allow partners to undertake solutions-oriented semiconductor R&D and facilitate commercialisation that is earlier, faster and cheaper.