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29 Nov 2021
SilTerra signs agreement with Taiwan-based ILI TECHNOLOGY CORP

Cyberjaya, 29 November 2021 – SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd has entered into a multi-year wafer supply and purchase agreement with ILI Technology Corp (“Ilitek”), a leading touch controller and driver integrated circuit (“IC”) fabless design house based in Taiwan.


Under the agreement, SilTerra will collaborate with Ilitek on technology development and wafer fabrication targeting touch controller and display driver IC for industrial and home appliances markets.


Ilitek has been SilTerra’s long term technology and business partner since 2006. This agreement marks another milestone for SilTerra’s and Ilitek’s relationship. Both companies will continue to work closely on product development and mass production based on SilTerra’s high-voltage 0.16um and 0.13um technology platforms. High-voltage technology is one of the most successful and important enabling technology from SilTerra for the global display driver IC markets for small panels such as wearables and mobile devices, medium panel for monitors, and large panel for TV applications.


“We are pleased for SilTerra to enter into this agreement with one of the leading semiconductor chip design companies in Taiwan. This marks a significant milestone in SilTerra’s aspiration to become a world-class leader in the world’s semiconductor market in terms of operational excellence and technology advancement,” said Tan Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, Group Managing Director of Dagang NeXchange Berhad (“DNeX”), and also Executive Chairman of SilTerra.


“As part of transformation of SilTerra, the new shareholders are leading the company to ready market access by leveraging on our network including strategic customers and long-term supplier contracts. In addition, we are continuously committed to expanding SilTerra’s production capacity and technology capabilities in the global semiconductor industry,” he said.


He said the agreement will help SilTerra secure a stable wafer loading, ensuring a sustainable growth for the company going forward.


In addition, the partnership will also cover joint technology and market development to grow SilTerra’s business and market share in the industrial touch controller market, he added.


SilTerra is a strategic investment of DNeX, and Beijing Integrated Circuit Advanced Manufacturing and High-End Equity Investment Fund Center (Limited Partnership) (“CGP Fund”).


Recently, SilTerra announced that the company entered into a long-term multi-year wafer supply and purchase agreement with ChipOne Technology (Beijing) Co Ltd worth over US$400 million.


About Dagang NeXchange Berhad
Dagang NeXchange Berhad (“DNeX”) is a global technology company operating in three business divisions namely Technology, Energy, and Information Technology (“IT”). In Technology, the company is a leading semiconductor foundry while in Energy, the company is making its mark in upstream exploration and production as well as equipment supply and maintenance. In IT, the company is a leading provider of award-winning eServices for Trade Facilitation and has a wealth of knowledge, expertise and operational know-how in the provisioning of eServices for Trade Facilitation, Technology Consulting and Systems Integration, as well as Subsea Telecommunications. The company is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia. For more information on the company, log on to www.dnex.com.my.

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26 Aug 2021
SilTerra Unveils New Technology for Automotive Application ICs

Cyberjaya, 26 August 2021 – SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd has unveiled a new technology for automotive application integrated circuits ("ICs") or chips used in vehicles.

SilTerra's 180nm Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS ("BCD") automotive grade process technology is qualified to meet the AEC-Q100 Grade Zero standard, which is the automotive industry standard that specifies the recommended new product and major change qualification requirements and procedures.

BCD is one of key building blocks of SilTerra's Smart Power Technology platform developed to deliver optimum energy efficient products based on proven mature process technology, intellectual property and design kits. CMOS refers to Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor while DMOS refers to Double Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor.

"We are excited for SilTerra to introduce the automotive grade 180nm BCD process to the automotive IC market. Every product that SilTerra offers and technology we use is born from our commitment to meet increasing market demands and exceed customers' expectations. We believe we can offer a significant added value to the automotive application ICs sector," said Tan Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, Group Managing Director of Dagang NeXchange Berhad ("DNeX"), and also Executive Chairman of SilTerra.

SilTerra is a strategic investment of DNeX, and Beijing Integrated Circuit Advanced Manufacturing and High-End Equity Investment Fund Center (Limited Partnership) ("CGP Fund")

"The new shareholders of SilTerra will continue efforts to transform SilTerra into a world-class leader in the global semiconductor market in terms of operational excellence and technology advancement. We are also upping the ante with our strategies such as cost optimisation, product mix expansion as well as production capacity enhancement," he said.

SilTerra's 180nm BCD AEC-Q100 Grade Zero automotive grade process is now entering mass production phase, and this is the second important milestone since the achievement of IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Certification in 2018 as the company makes strong progress entering the automotive IC market.

SilTerra's automotive grade 180nm BCD process is able to perform at 60V of operation. It has been qualified with a specially tuned golden path process flow for high-yield output. The process is supported by silicon-characterised Foundry PDK and third party intellectual property ("IP") such as ARM based-Standard Cell Library, SRAM Compiler and eMemory One-Time-Programming IP.  These IPs are characterised and validated at temperature ranging from -40oC to 150oC according to the AEC-Q100 Grade Zero industry quality standard.

According to IC Insights Inc, the global automotive IC demand in the BCD/analogue segment is expected to grow at a 15 per cent compound annual growth rate from US$9.14 billion or 15.4 billion ICs in 2020 to US$18.1 billion or 33.2 billion ICs in 2025.

Conventional hybrid vehicles contain an average of US$650 value of semiconductor content while full electric vehicles with ADAS level-4 features can contain up to US$1,550 value of semiconductor content. One of the key automotive IC applications is power management IC for management of power supplies, motor driver for automatic head lamp, motor controller for power chassis and power doors, LED drivers for automotive lighting, power switches for batteries and other power applications.

SilTerra 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 the US, Taiwan, Korea and China.

About Dagang NeXchange Berhad

Dagang NeXchange Berhad ("DNeX") is a leading provider of award-winning eServices for Trade Facilitation and has a wealth of knowledge, expertise and operational know-how in the provisioning of eServices for Trade Facilitation, as well as Technology Consultancy and Systems Integration. DNeX is also making its mark as a reputable player in Energy, Semiconductor as well as Subsea Telecommunications Services. The company is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia. For more information on the company, log on to www.dnex.com.my.


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04 Aug 2021
SilTerra Signs US$400 Million Agreement with ChipOne

Cyberjaya, 4 August 2021 – Dagang NeXchange Berhad (“DNeX”), through business unit SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has entered into a wafer supply and purchase agreement worth US$400 million with ChipOne Technology (Beijing) Co Ltd, a leading driver integrated circuit (“IC”), touch controller and fingerprint sensor fabless integrated circuit design house based in Beijing, China.

Under the multi-year agreement, SilTerra will supply wafers which are used in the production of semiconductor devices to ChipOne.

Both companies will work closely on product development and mass production based on SilTerra’s state-of-the-art Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (“BCD”) technology. CMOS refers to Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor while DMOS refers to Double Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor.

BCD technology is one of the key building blocks of SilTerra’s Smart Power Technology platform developed to deliver optimum energy efficient products based on proven mature process technology, intellectual property and design kits.

“We are pleased for SilTerra to enter into this agreement with one of the leading semiconductor chip design companies in China. This also shows the commitment of the new shareholders of SilTerra in transforming the company through driving sustainable business,” said Tan Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, Group Managing Director of DNeX and also Executive Chairman of SilTerra.

He said the agreement will also see SilTerra having a guaranteed wafer base load for the next several years and ensure a high factory utilisation rate for the company going forward.

“IC designers are striving to deliver energy efficient products, and this is aligned to strategies towards energy conservation and sustainability. As such, they look to adopt the smart power design techniques as well as advanced power technologies to meet this objective,” he said.

He added that with SilTerra will be leveraging on its proven process technology, foundry design kits and intellectual property to deliver optimum energy efficient products.

DNeX recently completed the acquisition of 60 per cent equity interest in SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“SilTerra”) from Khazanah Nasional Berhad. DNeX is now is the majority shareholder of SilTerra.

Together with its partner, Beijing Integrated Circuit Advanced Manufacturing and High-End Equipment Equity Investment Fund Center (Limited Partnership) (“CGP Fund”), DNeX expects to transform SilTerra into a competitive global semiconductor technology player that will be able to capitalise on the strong demand for semiconductor chips globally.

26 Jul 2021
DNeX Completes the Acquisition of SilTerra

Cyberjaya, 26 July 2021 – Dagang NeXchange Berhad (“DNeX”) has completed the acquisition of 60 per cent equity interest in SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“SilTerra”) from Khazanah Nasional Berhad. DNeX is now is the majority shareholder of SilTerra.

SilTerra is involved in the manufacturing of semiconductor wafers and supplies multinational fabless and integrated device manufacturer companies.

Tan Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, Group Managing Director of DNeX said, “We are pleased to announce the completion of our acquisition of SilTerra. Our entry into the semiconductor market is certainly well-timed given the current global shortage of chips affecting deliveries of cars, home appliances, notebooks, smartphones, and video game consoles, amongst others. We expect demand to continue to rise beyond 2024 driven by the growing adoption of 5G wireless technology, IR 4.0, Internet of Things (“IoT”), cloud computing and electric vehicles.”

“Together with our partner, Beijing Integrated Circuit Advanced Manufacturing and High-End Equipment Equity Investment Fund Center (Limited Partnership) (“CGP Fund”), we are confident in our ability to transform SilTerra into a competitive global semiconductor technology player that will be able to capitalise on the strong demand for semiconductor chips globally. Moving forward we will focus on strengthening SilTerra’s fundamentals in terms of plant utilisation and cost optimisation while introducing a vast network of global clientele. It is time to put SilTerra on the map again,” he said.

“With our focus on the adoption of the latest semiconductor manufacturing technology, we expect to set in motion a positive spill-over effect throughout the semiconductor value chain in Malaysia comprising companies involved in product design, manufacturing, packaging and assembly. We are confident that this will in turn strengthen Malaysia’s position in the everevolving digital arena,” he added.

To recap, DNeX’s acquisition of the 60 per cent stake in SilTerra is valued at RM168.3 million and will be satisfied entirely by cash. CGP Fund owns the remaining 40 per cent stake in the nation’s largest chipmaker.

DNeX and CGP Fund plan to pursue various initiatives that will upgrade SilTerra’s equipment and manufacturing capabilities in new technologies, increase the utilisation of SilTerra’s foundry while at the same time, optimise better product mix, as well as improve sales margin, which in turn is expected to drive the turnover and enhance the earnings potential of SilTerra.

 

10 Dec 2020
SilTerra Enhances Commitment to Uphold Integrity and Governance through Integrity and Governance Awareness Campaign (IGAC) Launch

SilTerra launched its Integrity and Governance Awareness Campaign (IGAC) on the 10th December 2020. Jointly hosted by Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s Integrity Unit (KIU), this event was aimed at upholding SilTerra’s commitment towards integrity and governance to create an environment of trust, transparency and accountability within all aspects of SilTerra’s business.

In his opening speech, Chief Executive Officer of SilTerra, Mr. Firdaus Abdullah, highlighted that SilTerra’s pledge on zero-tolerance towards bribery and corruption is crucial to ensure that the company continues to deliver outstanding technologies and services to customers within a corrupt-free business environment.

Streamed live from SilTerra’s corporate office in Petaling Jaya while being witnessed by over 800 employees based in the Kulim, Taiwan and the US sites, the IGAC event was officiated by the Chairman of the Board of SilTerra, Mr. Jalaluddin Jarjis. In his speech, he reminded all employees to apply the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability in SilTerra’s business activities and operations. He added that the company has established adequate and secure whistleblowing channels for all employees to make reports on any misconduct. He assured the employees that they will be protected under the whistleblower protection for all reports made to the Integrity and Governance Unit (IGU). Emails can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The IGAC launch also featured speeches by Mr. Kader Ibrahim, Chief Operating Officer of SilTerra and Ms. Suhana Dewi Selamat, Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. This event included a special sharing session by guest speaker and former magistrate, Mr. Firdaus Ramlan, who gave a heartfelt personal account of the torturous consequences of bribery and its effects on an individual and those close to them.

As part of SilTerra’s integrity and governance campaign, there is a strong line-up of activities that has been planned for 2021 to promote awareness on ethics and integrity and to establish greater resilience towards bribery and corruption in the workplace. The IGAC is a testament of SilTerra’s strong commitment in supporting the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) 2019-2023, developed by Malaysia’s Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) which carries the hope and voice of the people for a clean and accountable nation.

 

SilTerra Senior Management and Board Members at the IGAC launch

Live stream webinar of the IGAC launch between the corporate office in Petaling Jaya, the Kulim fab, Khazanah’s Integrity Unit and all SilTerra employees who were working from home

Chairman of SilTerrra, Mr. Jalaluddin Jarjis, officiating the IGAC launch

Chief Operating Officer of SilTerra, Mr. Kader Ibrahim, speaking at the opening of Session 2 of the IGAC launch

Emcee, Ms. Azra Azizzuddin, introducing the guest speaker, Mr. Firdaus Ramlan, to share his story

Guest speaker, Mr. Firdaus Ramlan, sharing his experience on corruption

Live streaming of the event from the Kulim auditorium

Live streaming of the event from the Kulim auditorium

SilTerra fab employees tuning in to the livestream of the IGAC launch

Live streaming of the IGAC event from the Kulim auditorium

15 Jun 2020
SilTerra Deploys Evatec’s Thin Film Deposition Tool for Manufacturing High Performance Piezo-MEMS Devices

Kulim, Malaysia, 15 June 2020 : SilTerra, a Malaysia-based global semiconductor foundry, added   Evatec’s  CLUSTERLINE® 200 II tool to its arsenal of MEMS specialty tools for the development and production of high performance piezoelectric MEMS devices.

The SilTerra and Evatec partnership that dates back to 2017 has enabled SilTerra to successfully demonstrate the performance of monolithically integrated devices under its MEMS-on-CMOS technology platform.

Evatec’s  CLUSTERLINE® 200 II tool, operational  in SilTerra’s fab since May 2020, is deployed for the deposition of piezoelectric thin film for MEMS devices . These devices include SilTerra’s patented Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (PMUT), Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) resonators, Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) resonators and piezoelectric acoustic sensors.

“We are continuously enhancing our process capabilities for our customers using pure Aluminium Nitride (AlN) and Scandium-doped Aluminium Nitride (ScAlN) thin films. The CLUSTERLINE® 200 II provides us with great control over parameters related to stress, stoichiometry and uniformity across 200mm substrates which is crucial for the prototyping and production of our piezoelectric MEMS devices , “ said Arjun Kumar Kantimahanti, Senior Vice President of MEMS/Sensors/Life Sciences Business Unit at SilTerra.

“We are extremely pleased to be SilTerra’s technology partner in thin film deposition. We look forward to supporting SilTerra in device fabrication process enhancements for increased performance of the piezoelectric MEMS devices,” said  Silvan Wuethrich,  Evatec’s  Head of the Semiconductor Business Unit

SilTerra’s piezoelectric MEMS devices fall under the company’s MEMS-on-CMOS technology platform. The monolithic integration of MEMS-on-CMOS enables designers to design cost-effective single-chip solutions for applications such as frequency control, data projection and sensing in medical, industrial and consumer electronics end-markets.  The MEMS-on-CMOS technology platform is a critical component supporting  SilTerra’s advancement into “More-than-Moore” technologies.

 

About SilTerra

SilTerra Malaysia is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS Logic, high-voltage, mixed-signal and radio frequency.  By extending its core CMOS processes into advanced "More-than-Moore" technologies such as silicon photonics, MEMS, BCD, power and Gallium Nitride(GaN), SilTerra is developing what will be tomorrow’s connected technologies in the fields of consumer electronics, life sciences, data communications, automotive and in industrial applications. Globally ranked 17th by IC Insights in the category of pure-play foundries, SilTerra’s wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 46,000  eight-inch wafers per month and is capable of supporting technologies down to 90nm feature size.

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

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About Evatec

Evatec delivers complete thin film production solutions in its core markets of Advanced Packaging, Power Devices, MEMS, Optoelectronics, Wireless Communication and Photonics. From 5G mobile network solutions and the new generation of micro LEDs to Gesture Recognition technology and EMI shielding for our smart phones, Evatec thin film deposition systems enable manufacture of the world’s highest performance optical, optoelectronic and semiconductor devices. Advanced Process Control (APC) technologies enables new level of thin film performance and production yield. For more information please visit www.evatecnet.com.

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