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11 May 2012
Infineon's RM4b Reinvestment Undertaking

Business Times

By Marina Emmanuel

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Malaysia's ability to promote the development of high technology industries is a key reason for the company's huge reinvestment plan. German semiconductor giant Infineon Technologies AG will be pumping in another RM4 billion into its Malaysian operations over the next decade.

Malaysia's ability to promote the development of high technology industries is a key reason for the company's huge reinvestment plan.

Dr Reinhard Ploss, a member of Infineon's management board, yesterday expressed the group's satisfaction with its front-end wafer fabrication facility in Kulim, Kedah, which was set up seven years ago and had seen US$1 billion (RM3 billion) ploughed in.

"Our Kulim 1 facility is a remarkable success story as it has not only shown a strong track record in production capacity but also in quality of output. Our customers are pleased with our zero-defect technologies.

"We are confident that our investment will yield a positive return in due course. We have full faith in our team here in Malaysia and in the government to provide the necessary support."

Ploss this said during a ceremony that saw the Neubiberg-based group announcing plans to set up a manufacturing competence centre at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.

The event was officiated by International Trade and Industry Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria.

It was also attended by Infineon Technologies Kulim vice-president and managing director Dr Thomas Reisinger and Germany honorary consul Datuk Herbert Weiler.

Reisinger said Infineon had started construction of the new facility, dubbed "Kulim 2", which has the capability to produce 300mm wafers and is due for completion by the end of the year.

The state-of-the-art manufacturing competence centre will produce megatrend technologies for the energy efficiency and automotive industries.

Work on the shell of Kulim 2 to create 12,000 sq metres of clean room space started in August last year.

Reisinger said Infineon's decision to expand its Kulim operations reflected its strategy of driving its own organic growth.

"Being our first front-end wafer fabrication facility in Asia, Kulim has successfully established a clear competitive edge, and we have demonstrated the capability to output high volumes at high technological complexity.

"I would also like to mention that the presence of our neighbour SilTerra was an enabler for Infineon's decision to settle down in Kulim," he said.

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry also located at the science park in Kulim and services customers in the US, Taiwan, South Korea and China.

In her speech, Sta Maria traced Infineon's investment history in Malaysia, which began in 1973 in Malacca.

She highlighted Malaysia's journey from basic assembly operations to the production of high-end industrial and consumer products.

"World-class electrical and electronics centres have been developed in the Klang Valley, Penang and places like Kulim and Malacca.

"The government's continued commitment to support the growth and development of the E&E industry will focus on securing improvements in the areas of regulatory framework, human capital and infrastructure," Sta Maria said.


About SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, EU, Latin America, 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 ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified. Starting commercial production in 2001, the company's headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia's Kulim High-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.


SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd Contact

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03 Apr 2012
ETP Targets 50 Integrated Circuit Producers By 2015

Business Times


MEETING TARGET: Efforts will be intensified to attract multinational corporations and grow local players.

ONE of the critical areas for the electrical and electronics sector (E&E) this year is to address the shortfall in meeting the key performance indicators (KPI) target for the growth number of integrated circuit-design firms.

The issue is highlighted in the Economic Transformation Programme's Annual Report 2011.

The roadmap for the transformation of the E&E sector requires a 10 per cent annual growth rate in the number of integrated circuit-design companies to produce the much needed highly-skilled human capital.

The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (Mida) and supporting agencies, namely the Northern Corridor Investment Authority (NCIA), the Economic Planning Unit, MDeC, SilTerra and the fabrication consortium, will intensify the drive to attract multinational corporations (MNCs) and grow local players.

The target is for a total of 50 players by 2015.

Under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) for E&E are four business opportunities, namely, semiconductors, solar, light-emitting diodes (LED) and industrial electronics.

The report said to date, the International Trade and Industry Ministry and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation have yet to transform these opportunities into Entry Point Projects (EPPs) as the focus for the first year was on the successful implementation of the EPPs.

Another target for 2012 is to increase silicon production and support the growth of substrates manufacturers and related industries.

Sarawak will be promoted as a site for silicon producers and solar glass, providing incentives to new silicon producers.

To address the power needs of the industry, priority will be allocated for hydroelectric power to the solar industry rather than other energy intensive-industries like aluminium and steel.

Apart from growing solar wafer and cell producers and increasing solar module producers, it also targets to develop LED front- end operation and creating local solid state lighting (SSL) champions.

Malaysia has the potential to become a global leader and hub for SSL, which is a sub-segment of the larger lighting market.

Malaysia also hopes to attract additional 30 per cent investments in test and measurements from MNCs and attract more local test and measurements design partners.

On the automation equipment manufacturing, the report said the Centre of Excellence for Machinery and Engineering Services is expected to be operational at the NCIA Technology Design Centre by the first quarter.

As for building an electrical home appliance manufacturing hub and international distribution network, a proposed consortium with Pensonic is expected to hit annual sales of RM2.2 billion and to source 50 per cent of its requirements locally by 2020.

Four cross-cutting common enablers were also listed as critical enablers to the E&E NKEA - northern corridor, Klang Valley, Johor, as well as Sabah and Sarawak.

In the last quarter of 2011, The Performance Management & Delivery Unit held a three-month long Cities and Corridors Lab, together with the corridor authorities, such as NCIA and various stakeholders in the area.

The common enablers were addressed in these labs, of which the three-feet level programmes will be announced this year.

The 2020 target is to have an incremental GNI impact of RM53.4 billion and additional 157,000 jobs, the report said.


About SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, EU, Latin America, 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 ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified. Starting commercial production in 2001, the company's headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia's Kulim High-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.


SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd Contact

Koh Meng Kong
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Lu Ping Chiang
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David Chang
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15 Mar 2012
Phison's Silicon Wafer Plan

By DAVID TAN
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Its Partner SilTerra May Produce Essential Components in Kulim

GEORGE TOWN: Phison Electronics Corp's partner SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd may undertake the production of silicon wafer in Kulim Hi-Tech Park for the flash memory chips to be developed and designed in Penang.

Phison chairman and chief executive officer Pua Khein-Seng told StarBiz that SilTerra was now studying the feasibility of manufacturing the silicon wafer for the Phison's unit, which would be established in Penang in three to six months.

"The unit will undertake the development and design of flash memory applications and solution products. Our other partner, Index Diversified Sdn Bhd, will distribute and market them in the local and South-East Asia markets," he said.

"The assembly of the finished flash memory products would be outsourced to small and medium enterprises in the country. We will decide on the volume of units to be produced six months later," he added.

Pua: 'The assembly of the finished flash memory products would be outsourced to small and medium enterprises in the country.Ҽ/i>
Pua also said that the investment of US$1mil to US$3mil would be for the salaries of engineers and purchasing the necessary equipment.

Also present were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, SilTerra chief executive officer Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin, and SilTerra Sales and Marketing (L) Ltd, Taiwan Branch senior vice-president Lai Yit Loong.

Lai said the flash memory product, which could be in the form secure-digital and smart cards, would be used in tablets, ultrabooks.

"The flash memory products will also be targeted for use in mobile payment platform and in video recorders for automobiles," he said.

Meanwhile, Lim said the importance of Phison's investment was that it would lead to talent and technology transfer to Penang.

"The Phison unit will likely be located on the island, and the state government will provide the necessary assistance for the group to establish its presence here," Lim added.

Phison Electronics Corp was established in November 2000 at Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Starting with the world's first single-chip USB flash drive IC, Phison is now a market leader in NAND Flash controllers and applications including USB, SD, eMMC, PATA and SATA products.

In 2010, the company shipped over 500 million controllers worldwide and topped US$1bil in sales revenue.


About SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, EU, Latin America, 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 ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified. Starting commercial production in 2001, the company's headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia's Kulim High-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.


SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd Contact

Koh Meng Kong
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Lu Ping Chiang
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David Chang
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28 Feb 2012
SilTerra Plugs into of Power MOSFET Market

KUALA LUMPUR: Semiconductor and wafer manufacturer SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is eyeing the lucrative Power MOSFET technology microcircuit business.

To help it penetrate that market, it has found a partner in the applied-research organisation Mimos Bhd. Microcircuit technology is able to prolong the battery life of electronic devices such as mobile phones, portable media players and laptop computers.

According to its chief operating officer, Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin, SilTerra has always had the know-how for Power MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) wafer fabrication. But the company did not have the resources to produce these in the volumes that would enable it to compete in the global arena effectively.

He said the wafer fabrication environment is not "like screwdriver production" because it involves a blend of science, engineering and technology. Wafer fabrication, he said, has been described as among the most challenging manufacturing operations in the world.

"It requires extreme engineering precision and a deep understanding of semiconductors, coupled with tight manufacturing disciplines," explained Kamarulzaman.

With Mimos onboard, SilTerra is able to tap the applied-research organisation's best-in-class designs, R&D and wafer-fab facilities to produce between 2,000 and 3,000 Power MOSFET wafers every month for the global market, China especially.

Each wafer can be used to produce from 1,000 to 2,000 power semiconductor microcircuits, depending on the design.

It is also a win-win situation for both parties because Mimos would benefit from the Power MOSFET technology knowledge transfer, said Kamarulzaman.

Globally, the semiconductor business is huge; last year it was worth about US$300bil (RM900bil), with a compounded annual growth rate of 7% to 12%.

A recent Frost & Sullivan study shows that the global marketshare for power semiconductor accounts for 4.5% of the total semiconductor sales worldwide.

It also shows that in spite of the dip in sales in 2008, demand has been on the rise since then, and this is expected to continue for the next three years thanks to the steep rise in the sale of consumer electronics, particularly in the mobile and communication segments.

Source : The Star

22 Feb 2012
SilTerra-Mimos Partnership Heralds New Start

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Written by Karamjit Singh

The Edge Financial Daily, February 22, 2012


KUALA LUMPUR: Two of the leading homegrown high technology companies, Mimos Bhd and SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd, entered into a smart partnership on Monday to produce power management integrated circuit (PowerMos) wafers for SilTerra's global market. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir called it "a new beginning where Malaysian-owned companies form smart partnerships to help achieve the government's desire for high knowledge-intensive collaborations which ultimately lead to boosting the nation's competitiveness."

PowerMos wafers are critical in an ever more connected world where digital devices are constantly connected to the Internet or mobile networks to source for information. PowerMos wafers help improve the power efficiency of digital devices.

Unknown to Malaysians, SilTerra, is already one of the top 20 foundries in the world in terms of revenue. A 2010 Gartner report on the top foundries in the world by revenue had SilTerra at the 17th spot with US$180 million (RM543.6 million). The 2011 report is still being finalised. A key driver of this revenue comes from display drivers where SilTerra has captured an estimated 21% of the global market for display drivers. According to SilTerra CEO Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin, this figure is based on SilTerra's customer estimates. Display drivers are chips that run the screens of smartphones and tablets and are appearing in an increasing number of other consumer digital devices. Gartner predicts that smartphone sales will triple to 492 million units by 2012 from 139 million in 2008. The computer market will expand to 443 million units from 290 million over the same period.

Kamarulzaman said SilTerra has been developing PowerMos technologies for a while but has not had the production capacity in meaningful volumes to produce the wafers in-house.

"We have been running our fab at full or near to full capacity [40,000 wafers a month] for the past three years with customer orders and have been exploring several fabs around the region, including in China and Japan for us to tranfer our process technology and get the PowerMos wafers produced," said Kamarulzaman, adding that he is happy to do it with Mimos, both for logistical reasons and economic ones.

He described this strategy of using a second party's production facilities as "asset-light" model which saves SilTerra hundreds of millions in capex versus expanding its own manufacturing. A Taiwanese semiconductor online publication has also reported that SilTerra has tied up with a Taiwanese DRAM foundry, ProMos, to utilise its manufacturing facilities too.

Meanwhile, Abd Aziz Kadir, chief operations officer of Mimos, hailed the collaboration as one that will give it a "secret recipe" to make market-relevant products. "We have been focusing on R&D all this while and have top-class equipment that is as good as any world class manufacturing facility in the PowerMos space. Our collaboration with SilTerra helps us meet market demand as they have more process integration engineers who understand customer requirements and translate that to a manufacturing recipe which we will then take and convert into PowerMos wafers."

SilTerra is saddled with a RM1.8 billion sukuk bond and though it has been running at an Ebidta positive rate for the past three years, its main shareholder, Khazanah Nasional Bhd has been looking at a strategic partner which can take up part of its stake.


About SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, EU, Latin America, 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 ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified. Starting commercial production in 2001, the company's headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia's Kulim High-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.


SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd Contact

Koh Meng Kong
Tel: +6012-491-0425
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Lu Ping Chiang
Tel: +886-3-574-1587
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David Chang
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21 Feb 2012
Keluarkan PowerMos besar-besaran untuk dieksport. Mimos meterai kerjasama

KUALA LUMPUR 20 Feb

Syarikat pengeluar panel elektronik wafer SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd SilTerra dan Mimos Bhd Mimos buat pertama kalinya akan mengeluarkan Litar Kawalan Tenaga Bersepadu PowerMOS secara besar besaran.

Usaha itu diambil kerana permintaan terhadap produk berkenaan di pasaran asing semakin meningkat kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif SilTerra Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin.

SilTerra dan Mimos yang sebelum ini telahpun bekerjasama akan mengeluarkan 2 000 hingga 3 000 keping panel elektronik PowerMOS sebulan untuk dipasarkan ke luar negara.

Beliau berkata: "SilTerra telah lama membangunkan teknologi PowerMos tetapi tidak mempunyai kemudahan mencukupi berikutan pusat pengeluaran kami di Kulim Kedah telah digunakan sepenuhnya.

"Selama ini kami mencari mana mana pihak di rantau ini yang bersedia menawarkan fasiliti mereka kepada syarikat bagi tujuan pengeluaran. "Kami gembira kerana Mimos bersedia menawarkan kemudahannya kepada kami," katanya selepas majlis pengenalan kerjasama itu di sini hari ini.

Turut hadir Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan lndustri Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir serta Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Mimos Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah.

Kata beliau lagi kerjasama itu melibatkan perbelanjaan mencecah jutaan ringgit bagaimanapun pelaburan yang dibelanjakan tidak begitu tinggi kerana ia hanya melibatkan pemindahan teknologi.

"SilTerra akan menyediakan kepakaran teknikal untuk dibawa ke fasiliti yang disediakan oleh Mimos bagi melakukan penyelidikan dan pembangunan serta pengeluaran jelasnya.

Ketika ini SilTerra mengeluarkan pelbagai jenis panel elektronik yang merupakan komponen di dalam alat alat elektronik terkini seperti telefon bimbit dan telefon pintar serta tablet.

Syarikat itu melakukan pengeluaran pada kapasiti 40 000 keping panel bersaiz lapan inci sebulan dan dieksport ke Amerika Syarikat Taiwan Korea Selatan dan China. Hampir 99 peratus produknya dieksport.

Source : Utusan Malaysia