Media Center

Announcements
11 Nov 2019
SilTerra Recognized for its Excellence by Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

SilTerra was proud to be presented with the ‘Anugerah Majikan Cemerlang’ (Employer Excellence Award) at the recent Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Perkerja (KWSP)Kedah & Perlis Best Employer 2019 Award Ceremony.  This event , held  on 11th November 2019 in Alor Setar, was officiated  by KWSP Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Operations), YBhg Dato’ Mohd Naim Daruwish.

Representing SilTerra at the award ceremony was Deputy Director of Human Resources, Pn. Sharmila Shariff, who expressed her appreciation to KWSP for recognizing SilTerra’s commitment and diligence in remitting Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions while remaining strongly compliant towards regulatory requirements.

SilTerra was among the top 28 out of 20,000 employers in Kedah and Perlis that were honored at this event. As a technology company, SilTerra strongly believes that its technology begins with its people. The company strives to provide the best working environment for its employees through competitive compensation packages, career growth opportunities and attractive rewards and benefits. Facilitating retirement security is part of the company’s overall strategy in attracting and retaining the best talent. This achievement is an affirmation of SilTerra’s commitment towards the welfare of its people.

31 Oct 2019
SilTerra Awarded ‘Employer of Choice’ by Principal for its Role in Advocating Corporate Retirement Planning

SilTerra was recognized as an Employer of Choice under Principal’s Top 10 AUM Awards category for its excellence in advocating corporate retirement planning at Principal’s recent annual PRS Conference 2019, held on the 31st October 2019 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Principal (formerly known as CIMB- Principal), one of the leading private retirement funds solution providers in Malaysia, hosted this conference to honor its top corporate clients for enriching the lives of their employees through Principal’s PRS initiatives. The panel discussions at the conference also provided a strategic platform for attendees to gain insights on sustainable retirement planning.

With changes and challenges presenting themselves in the country’s economy and employment scenario, the role of employers is becoming increasingly significant in reshaping the social landscape of Malaysia’s workforce. There is now a growing importance for corporates to tap into financial wellness initiatives such as private retirement schemes (PRS) to help employees in their retirement planning.

The theme of this year’s panel discussion at the conference was ‘Learnings and Opportunities with PRS’. In his sharing as a panelist, SilTerra’s Sr. Vice President of Human Resources, Mr. Munawir Ab Ghani, spoke of SilTerra’s efforts in facilitating workplace retirement plans through payroll deductions. In terms of implementation, he briefed the audience that cost is not barrier for the adoption of these schemes within the organization as deductions to these schemes can be treated in the same manner as those done for Zakat and EPF. Mr. Munawir also highlighted some of the attractive features of the PRS which encourage employee retention through rewards as part of the loyalty programme, thus creating  a win-win situation for the employer and employee.

SilTerra’s partnership with Principal dates back to 2014. Through Principal, SilTerra has successfully engaged its employees in retirement planning through financial literacy; educating its people on compounding effects, dollar costs and market outlooks, thereby going the extra mile to prepare its people to survive and optimize their finances under the current economic situation.

SilTerra, as a technology company, strongly believes that its technology begins with its people. The company strives to keep employees motivated through competitive compensation packages, career growth opportunities and attractive rewards and benefits as its commitment towards employee wellbeing. Facilitating good retirement plans is part of its overall initiative in retaining and attracting the best talent.

24 Sep 2019
SilTerra’s E-Document Management System Acknowledged and Recognized at Conference by Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers

A submission highlighting SilTerra’s innovative electronic Document Management System (DMS) won best research paper award at the recent 2019 International Conference on Design and Concurrent Engineering & Manufacturing Systems Conference organized by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME iDECON/MS 2019) held in Sendai Japan in September 2019.

Authored by Rashitah Rahmat, QA Section Manager at SilTerra, the paper entitled ‘Enhancing electronic document control approval process through a verification stage examined the document control approval workflows within SilTerra’s extensive interlinked manufacturing execution system (MES) which governs product, equipment, material and data management within the fab.

The paper describes the document control approval process workflow and enhancements to improve the flow and efficiency of process and statistical process control-related documentation, to reduce the document approval cycle times. 

The semiconductor industry is the fundamental bedrock of other technological advances.  The semiconductor fabrication process is a complex set of operations requiring 500 to 700 process steps involving multi-million dollar tools and automated machines.     

Changing customer requirements and process-related improvements need to be addressed within a short turnaround time. These requirements make it necessary for changes to be made to manufacturing specifications in a timely manner, requiring multiple layers of approvals.  Incomplete or inadequate proposals result in re-submissions and re-approvals, thereby lengthening the overall document update process. By making carefully considered  improvements to the DMS process, SilTerra’s QA team has been able to significantly reduce the overall review and approval cycle as part of our continual improvement process.

SilTerra’s Document Management System is an integral part of our fully integrated factory automation system in Kulim Hi-Tech Park operational since 2001 and capable of producing up to 40,000 wafers per month; and is honoured to have this work recognized at JSME iDECON/MS 2019. 

16 Jan 2019
SilTerra Receives IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Certification

SilTerra Malaysia, a leading pure play wafer foundry in Malaysia announced today that it has received the new IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Certification from SGS (Societe Generale de Surveillance), a world leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company with headquaters located at Geneva, Switzerland.

The IATF 16949:2016 was launched in October 2016 to supersede and replace ISO/TS 16949 and it represents an evolution for quality management in the automotive industry. Manufacturers with IATF 16949 certification are recognized for their ability to meet the demands of automotive manufacturing, promising superior process integration, customer confidence, and product performance.

“We are delighted for achieving this key milestone, which demonstrated SilTerra’s organization management system, manufacturing system and process control system are fully complied to International Automotive Quality Management System. Our fabrication processes are ready to manufacture for automotive products which require stringent quality control with extended reliability assurance.” said Firdaus Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of SilTerra. “With this accomplishment, we can broaden our customer base aggressively by offering our wafer foundry service to automotive product companies.” he added.


About SilTerra:

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF, BCD, Discrete Power, Silicon Photonics, Life Science and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 46,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, Taiwan, Korea and China.

Environmentally vigilant, SilTerra delivers award-winning, world-class performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity, custom technologies, competitive advantages and around the clock customer support. SilTerra is IATF 16949:2016, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007 and IECQ QC 080000:2012 certified Starting commercial production in 2001, the company's headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia's Kulim Hi-Tech Park, with sales and marketing offices in San Jose (California) and Hsinchu (Taiwan).

For additional information on SilTerra or its services, please visit www.silterra.com

Matthew Tan Hooi Sin
Tel: +604-401-5114
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Koh Meng Kong
Tel: +604-401-4166
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

05 Dec 2018
IGSS GaN and SilTerra Demonstrate Powerful New Technology to Unlock US$12 Billion Semiconductor Opportunity

Singapore and Kulim, Malaysia, 5 December 2018 - IGSS GaN (IGaN), a Singapore-based specialist in GaN-on-silicon technology, and SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a home-grown Malaysian semiconductor wafer foundry, are pleased to announce the impressive results of their recent technology transfer partnership, successfully demonstrating a breakdown voltage of 650V for a D-Mode MISHEMT device using 200mm GaN-on-Si wafer on CMOS compatible fabrication process. The outcome of this exclusive collaboration results in the transfer and establishment of a gold-free metallization and CMOS compatible 200mm GaN-on-Si Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor High Electron Mobility Transistor (MISHEMT) fabrication process in SilTerra.

"IGaN aims to offer an innovative one-stop solution, providing 100mm to 200mm GaN-on-Si epiwafer and 200mm CMOS friendly GaN fabrication processes. This will enable customers in the power semiconductor community currently offering silicon-based power metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) and IGBTs to leapfrog into GaN technology devices, unlocking access to the huge opportunity of the US$12 billion power device market using GaN technology," said Raj Kumar, Chairman & CEO of IGaN.

“We are already engaged in positive discussions with other customers enthusiastic about the potential of our platform, keen to accelerate their access into the rapidly growing GaN market, as our new partnership with SilTerra enables mass production of this powerful new technology in early 2019,” he added.

“We are excited about this achievement to demonstrate D-MISHEMT using a 200mm GaN-on-Si wafer on foundry CMOS process. With our close partnership with IGaN, SilTerra is committed to deliver the best yielding process and capacity assurance to fulfil our mutual customers’ business expectations,” said Firdaus Abdullah, CEO of SilTerra.

GaN devices are used for high power density, wireless power transfer, allowing for higher server power, a capability recently demonstrated with great success at the APEC 2018 conference and exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. Using GaN technology, a density on-board charger (OBC) for electric vehicles delivered a three-fold increase in power density at 4kW per litre, compared to a silicon-based charger at 1.3 kW per litre. Further demonstrations revealed that GaN transistors can enable wireless charging to be increased from 100W to 1.5kW.

This innovative technology unlocks the potential for exciting wireless charging applications far beyond low power applications such as cell phones and laptops. GaN also enables greater energy savings and increased power density in data centres, which significantly reduces OPEX, CAPEX and TCO expenses, with a fifty percent power density increase achievable utilizing the same size power supply.

IGaN and SilTerra are together offering an accelerator to spur the conversion of pure silicon and compound-based technologies into GaN-on-Si. This will favourably impact the bottom line and long-term business competitiveness of both power and RF semiconductor companies who adopt this technology. The powerful efficiency performance figures of GaN-on-Si show its further potential as a green-enabling technology, delivering a positive global environmental impact by minimizing power conversion losses.

For more information on our pioneering semiconductor and fabrication processes and partnerships, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About IGSS GaN Pte Ltd

IGSS GaN (IGaN) provides a one-stop solution for gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) wafer fabrication for power, radio frequency (RF) and sensor devices. We manufacture GaN-on-Si epitaxial wafers and offer proprietary wafer fabrication services on CMOS compatible Fab.The company was founded in Singapore by industry pioneers and veterans with multiple GaN-on-Si technology partners. Apart from its own IPs/know-how, IGaN has exclusivity of A-STAR’s GaN-on-Si IPs.


IGSS GaN Pte Ltd Contact

Paul Chia
Tel: +65-9835-5033
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About SilTerra:

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF, BCD, Power and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 46,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, Taiwan, Korea and China.

For additional information on SilTerra or its services, please visit:

Koh Meng Kong
Tel: +604-401-4166
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matthew Tan
Tel: +604-401-5114
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

22 Nov 2018
China's Leading Microelectronics Manufacturer Picks SilTerra As Strategic Partner to Build RM2.9 Billion Plant

Khazanah Nasional-owned Malaysian semiconductor firm in key consultancy role for set up of advanced 8-inch Factory in Beijing and Advanced Process Technology Transfer

Caption: YDME Chief Executive Officer Dr. Huai Yong Ji and SilTerra Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Firdaus Abdullah at the signing ceremony to set up an 8-inch wafer fabrication plant in Beijing worth RM2.9 billion.

Kuala Lumpur, 22 November 2018 – SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd has been selected as a key strategic partner by China’s leading microelectronics producer, Beijing Yandong Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (YDME) to set up an 8-inch wafer fabrication plant in Beijing.

YDME is a subsidiary of Beijing Electronic Holding Company (BEHC), a state-owned high-tech enterprise that has developed into one of China's leading integrated circuit and device manufacturers.

The new YDME fabrication plant, is listed as one of 20 key projects of the Beijing Science and Technology Creation Centre in 2018. It is earmarked to serve as an integrated chip production plant integrating 8-inch chip research and development, manufacturing and packaging.

Since 2016, YDME has engaged SilTerra to provide multi-tier strategic consultancy that includes planning, design and construction of the fabrication plant, setting up of the IT and quality assurance system as well as technology integration.

According to YDME, the upgrade for the new 8-inch fabrication plant is estimated to involve an investment of 4.8 billion yuan (RM2.9 billion). Covering 73,260 square meters, the plant is expected to be in operation by Q1 2019 and estimated to generate a monthly output of 50,000 wafers per month. SilTerra recently completed the training of 81 engineers and managers who are intended for the new plant.

"Almost all of the key staff that will be working at the new YDME plant will go through three months of intensive training at our Kulim plant. It is an honour to be chosen as their strategic consulting partner in this important project.

"It is a testimony to our 20 years of experience and know-how on independently running a fabrication plant and shows that a Malaysian company has been recognised as achieving standards high enough to be consulted on by Chinese companies," said SilTerra Chief Executive Officer Firdaus Abdullah.

"We’re happy to play a role in fulfilling China's chip dream. We will also be transferring SilTerra process IP (intellectual property) to manufacture new chips. This partnership will open up new opportunities for SilTerra to play a more active role in the emerging China market for advanced microelectronics."

YDME Chief Executive Officer Dr Huai Yong Ji said, "We are delighted to partner with SilTerra in this new role as a consulting partner, having worked with them since 2016 on the 8 inch fabrication plant.

"The expansion of our existing capability to the new 8-inch fab using SilTerra's technology is an important component of our growth plans, not only in terms of improving Yandong's overall level of technological innovation, but also in promoting the integrated circuit industry in China and achieving the targeted national output of US$305 billion by 2030."

"In addition, SilTerra has supplied chips to our subsidiary companies utilising Silterra's proprietary process technology in the areas of LCD Drivers, MOSFET, RFLDMOS and BCD. Moving forward we will have more opportunity to collaborate in many areas."

Commenting on SilTerra's future direction, Abdullah said that SilTerra is on track to producing higher valued products and services such as in the areas of life sciences, internet of things (IOT) and automotive.

"To achieve this, SilTerra embarked on an internal transformation process which began a few years ago.

"Externally, we have begun an initiative to build an ecosystem amongst manufacturers and like minded partners to support each other as we collectively develop skills and capability to address emerging markets and develop advanced technology."

"SilTerra is on a path of transformation, and our advisory role in cross border technology transfer is just a start of things to come."

About SilTerra:

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF, BCD, Power and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 46,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, Taiwan, Korea and China.

For additional information on SilTerra or its services, please visit www.silterra.com

About Beijing Yandong Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (YDME)

Beijing Yandong Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (YDME) was founded in 1987, a subsidiary of Beijing Electronic Holding Company. It is a state-owned high-tech enterprise specializing in the design, manufacture and sale of semiconductor chip has developed into a leading domestic analog integrated circuit and discrete device manufacturers. In 2017, BEHC's revenue exceeded 100 billion yuan.

YDME has a 6-inch chip production line with a monthly output of 30,000 pieces and an annual output of 8 billion ultra-small package production line. The chips have been utilised by many notable brands.

On September 27, 2016 the piling ceremony for the 8-inch fab project of Yandong Microelectronics Company was held in Yizhuang, marking the formal start of the project construction. The same day, YDME and Silterra Malaysia signed a cooperation agreement.