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26 Mar 2010
SilTerra Stays Ahead with R&D Focus

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is a leading pure-play semiconductor foundry, with its headquarters and fabrication facility located in Kulim Hi-Tech Park. SilTerra commenced its commercial operations in 2001 and operates a highly automated fabrication facility equipped with state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication tools and systems. With a highly skilled workforce of approximately 1250 personnel, annual turnover has consistently been above the RM500 Million mark and steadily growing.

Since its inception, SilTerra has served many top-tier global fabless design and product companies covering the consumer electronics, communications & computing, and mobile device market segments. SilTerra offers "Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor" (CMOS) design and fabrication processes at the 180 nanometer technology node down to 110 nanometer, which is the building block of a broad range of Integrated Chips in the advanced Logic, Mixed-Signal & Radio Frequency and High Voltage applications. SilTerra holds several U.S. Patents in a broad range of fabrication process technologies and continues to invest heavily in R&D to stay relevant in this highly competitive global industry. "The industry is an extremely challenging one, and to stay competitive SilTerra invests a significnt amount of its revenue on R&D" says Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin, CEO of SilTerra.

SilTerra's CMOS High Voltage Technology is a leading innovation in the industry, being used in the design and fabrication of Display Driver ICӳ (DDI) which is a key component in the mobile devices market segment. This includes display drivers for mobile phones GPS equipment, MP3/4 Personal Media Players (PMP), Digital Cameras and other similar applications. SilTerra has exported approximately half a billion chips in this category; and for this, it has earned the '2009 South East Asia Technology Implementation Award' from Frost & Sullivan. "We are currently increasing our fabrication capacity, either through outsourcing arrangements with other partner foundries as well as seeking ways to increase our own internal capacity. This is a major challenge for us in moving forward." added Dr Kamarulzaman.

SilTerra provides complete design solutions for customers to create leading-edge products, optimized for its high yielding manufacturing processes, through strategic partnerships with industry-leading Intellectual Property (IP) design library, Design Services and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) suppliers. SilTerra also offers a comprehensive in-house Failure Analysis (FA) services to high-tech companies and universities, performing detailed construction and failure analysis of nano-scale structures.

SilTerra has strong customer networks in the USA, Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan, many of which rely on SilTerra as their primary partner to serve household brand names in the consumer market. We provide fast prototype turnaround times and proactively manage wafer production shipments to meet or exceed stringent customer expectations.

SilTerra is ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.


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 Contact

Koh Meng Kong
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Lu Ping Chiang
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25 Mar 2010
SilTerra Wins Prestigious Product Excellence Award

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. has been selected as the winner of the Product Excellence Award 2009. This award was presented at the Prime Minister's Industry Excellence Awards 2009 Ceremony organized by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The CEO of SilTerra, Dr. Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin, received the award on bahalf of SilTerra.

This award is in recognition of SilTerra's leadership position and innovativeness for the Display Driver Integrated Chip (DDI), which is based on its High Voltage Technology (http://www.silterra.com/index.php/technology/technology#section05). SilTerra fabricates these devices for the global market in its wafer foundry in Kulim Hi-Tech Park.

The evaluation on the award recipient was conducted earlier by a technical committee consisting experts from various government agencies and the private sector. The judging process evaluated various aspects which included: Product Performance and Quality, Technological Content, Local Content, Socio-Economic Impact and Product Achievement/Recognition. SilTerra was competing in Category 4 - a category for local companies with annual sales above RM100 Million or foreign companies incorporated in Malaysia.


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 Contact

Koh Meng Kong
Tel: +6012-491-0425
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lu Ping Chiang
Tel: +886-3-574-1587
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17 Mar 2010
Overwhelming orders for SilTerra's wafer chips

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd has been receiving order volumes that exceed its monthly production capacity of wafer chips since last year.

Orders started to come in during the third quarter of 2008, when the global economy started to slow down, said chief executive officer Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin.

"By the second quarter of 2009, the volume that came in exceeded our production capacity."

"As SilTerra's monthly production capacity is about 30,000 wafer chips, we have to outsource the surplus orders to our partners in the Asia-Pacific region," he said at a briefing to Malaysian Industrial Development Authority officials and the media at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP).

The orders were growing because Malaysia was increasingly seen as an alternative wafer fabrication site to China and Taiwan.

Kamarulzaman said the cost of hiring engineers for wafer plants in China was on par with Malaysia and thus China no longer provided the competitive edge when recruiting skilled labour.

"Malaysia, on the other hand, has good intellectual property laws in place, which makes it attractive. Even China's high-end wafer fabless design house comes to SilTerra, which has over the years established itself as a key player in the wafer chip fabrication business ," he said.

Kamarulzaman said SilTerra was also now exploring the possibility of equipping the KHTP facility with consigned equipment from integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) that did not want to be involved in wafer fabrication anymore to save cost.

"Under this arrangement, these IDMs will let SilTerra use their equipment for an agreed period. We will also produce for their customers using the consigned equipment.

"This strategy will help us to save substantially on capital expenditure," he said.

Kamarulzaman also said SilTerra was considering setting up another wafer fabrication plant in KHTP.


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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lu Ping Chiang
Tel: +886-3-574-1587
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.