in wafer deal with 7 local varsities
Monday 5 December 2006
Kulim – LEADING semiconductor wafer foundry Silterra
Malaysia Sdn Bhd has signed an agreement with a consortium of
seven leading local universities to undertake a multi-project
silicon wafer verification programme.
The seven universities - Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti
Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Malaysian Multimedia
University, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi
Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara - through
Microelectronic Design Consortium - will carry out testing and
fabrication of chip designs on a complimentary basis.
Academicians who attended the signing ceremony at Silterra's
premise at the Kulim Hi-Tech park in Penang yesterday lauded
Silterra's initiative, saying it is the only wafer foundry in
the world to provide this programme to universities.
|The foundry, majority-owned by Khazanah Nasional,
has been collaborating with several universities for
the last four years to develop local core competency
and chip design capabilities in leading edge
Silterra chief executive officer Bruce Gray said the
company wants to play a catalytic role in moving
Malaysia up the semiconductor value chain.
The Ninth Malaysia Plan focuses on the need to further
develop high-technology research and expertise through
higher levels of collaboration between research
institutions and the industry to drive Malaysia
towards enhancing its capacity for knowledge.
"Recognising this fact, Silterra has been
continuously collaborating with local universities in
the last three to four years to develop local core
competencies and chip design capabilities in leading
edge technologies," said Gray.
The chip manufacturing process consists of a series of
steps right from chip designing, masking, wafer
manufacturing to assembling and final testing.
While assembling and testing are important components
in the value chain, it is the chip designing industry
that actually drives innovation in the electronics
"Chip designing is non-labour intensive and is also one
of the highest value-add activities by percentage of
investments within the semiconductor value chain," said
To date, Silterra has tested more than 60 chip designs and is
expected to embark on more new designs.
Silterra Malaysia's wafer fab, which has a design capacity of
40,000 eight-inch wafers per month, has employed more than 600
graduates over the last eight to nine years.
Programme involves testing and fabrication of chip designs
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.
Koh Meng Kong
+6-012-491-0425 (Cell phone)
Lu Ping Chiang
Tel : +886-3-574-1587 (o)
About Penang Skills Development Centre:
PSDC, the premier learning institution in the Northern
region and Malaysia’s first industry-led training centre
established in 1989.
PSDC has been offering skills enhancement and career
advancement programs to meet the demand of the industry and
public. PSDC has established itself as a national and
international icon for training – churning out a record
number of more than 100,000 trainees through the years. PSDC,
a world-class non-profit training and educational centre was
built on a tri-partied partnership model between the
Government, Industry and Academia backed by its 124 member
companies. For additional information on PSDC, please visit