GEORGE TOWN: Usains Infotech Sdn Bhd's (UISB) The Centre of Excellence for Electrical and Electronics (CoE) is now able to provide integrated circuit (IC) prototyping services for electronics companies and to train IC design graduate students on prototyping, following two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed between UISB and SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd and MIMOS Bhd.
Under the MoUs, Northern Corridor Implementation Agency (NCIA) chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak said CoE, established by NCIA, could now make use of the Multi-Project-Wafer Services and Failure Analysis Services of SilTerra and MIMOS to provide total programme management from IC design to prototyping for customers and to train graduate students in IC design.
"This is in line with the country's objective stated under the New Economic Model to aid the electronics sector climb up the value chain," he added.
Usains Holdings CEO Datuk Dr Gan Ee Kiang (left) exchanging documents with (2nd right) SilTerra Malaysia CEO Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin & Mimos Bhd COO Abd Aziz Abd Kadir(first right). Withnessing the exchange are NCIA Chief Executive Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak (2nd left) & Usains group of companies chairman Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Murtaza (middle).
He was speaking after witnessing USAINS group managing director Datuk Dr Gan Ee Kiang signing the MoUs with SilTerra chief executive officer Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamd Zin and MIMOS chief operating officer Abd Aziz Abd Kadir.
Redza said besides providing prototyping services, CoE could also work with SilTerra and MIMOS to launch turnkey IC design services for local and foreign customers, which would bring about benefits for the economy.
"They can also work together to take on bigger IC design projects," he added.
Meanwhile, USAINS group managing director Datul Dr Gan Ee Kiang said with the MoUs, CoE was now able to grow its customer base.
"Previously we were only able to provide IC design services. Now we can make use of the Multi-Project-Wafer Services and Failure Analysis Services of SilTerra and MIMOS to double our clientele.
"Presently we are working with five electronics manufacturing companies specialising in IC design. We believe this figure could easily double soon," he said.
Gan added that there were currently 50 graduate students receiving training at the CoE to fulfil the requirements of the master's degree programme with Universiti Sains Malaysia on IC design.
"This collaboration with SilTerra and MIMOS will enable the students to obtain training on prototyping," he said.
Meanwhile, Kamarulzaman said SilTerra was monitoring the crisis in Japan closely, as the group imported raw materials such as wafer and electronic parts and components from Japan.
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.
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