inks deal with varsity consortium
By Tunku Shahariah
5 December 2006
Kulim – Semiconductor wafer foundry Silterra Malaysia
Sdn Bhd yesterday signed an agreement with the Malaysian
University Microelectronics Consortium to allow lecturers and
undergraduates from seven universities to fabricate chip
designs at Silterra’s factory.
Silterra chief executive officer Bruce Gray said the
Multi-Project Silicon Wafer Verification Programme was a joint
effort between Silterra and the consortium to carry out the
programme without financial ties.
|The consortium members are Universiti Sains Malaysia
(USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti
Malaya, Malaysian Multimedia University, Universiti
Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and
Universiti Teknologi Mara.
Gray described the collaboration as an important
milestone for both Silterra and the
“Silterra has been collaborating with local
universities for the last four years to help develop
local core competency and chip design capabilities in
leading edge technologies.
“We are committed to this effort as we want to play
a catalytic role in moving Malaysia up the
semiconductor value chain, which has been part of the
company’s vision since its inception,” he said
before the signing ceremony at Silterra’s factory
Gray signed on behalf of Silterra, and the varsities
by their respective representatives. Also present at
the function was Higher Education Ministry
director-general Datuk Prof Hassan Said, who
represented minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.
Bruce Gray (left) exchanging documents with Prof
Othman Said. With them is Hassan Said
Gray said Silterra’s high technology wafer foundry would
provide an opportunity for consortium members to test the
functionality and validity of their designs for industrial
application in Silterra’s fabrication plant.
“To date, the company has tested over 60 chip designs, and
it will fabricate more designs with the cooperation programme
agreement,” he said.
He also said the cost of designing chips was exorbitant as the
work was non-labour intensive and upstream and involved high
“Some local universities have individually been
collaborating with Silterra as the cost to test their designs
would otherwise be very high.
“The chip designers at these universities require
Silterra’s support, as an integral part of developing good
chip designs is through fabricating the designs for assessment
and validation,” he added.
USM’s Prof Othman Sidek said such a collaboration allowed
students and lecturers to undertake research and development
activities with leading industry players.
Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.:
Market demand driven, SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a
semiconductor wafer foundry offering major foundry compatible
CMOS logic, high-voltage and mixed-signal/RF technologies down
to 0.13-micron feature size. This includes complete,
competitive contract manufacturing for fabless and IDM
customers’ designs. SilTerra’s wafer fab has a design
capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month.
vigilant, SilTerra delivers award winning, world-class
performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity,
competitive advantages and around the clock customer support.
SilTerra is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certified. Founded in
1995, the company’s headquarters and factory are located in
Malaysia’s Kulim High-Tech Park, and SilTerra has sales and
marketing offices in San Jose (California) and Hsinchu
(Taiwan). For additional information on SilTerra or its
services, please visit www.silterra.com.
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+6-012-491-0425 (Cell phone)
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Tel : +886-3-574-1587 (o)
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