Applied Materials and A*STAR to start a new lab in Singapore

Date: 24/10/2015
Applied Materials in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) plans to establish a new R&D laboratory in Singapore. The S$150 million joint investment is going to be housed within A*STAR's new R&D cluster at Fusionopolis Two and will feature a 400 square meter Class 1 cleanroom with state-of-the-art semiconductor process equipment that has been custom designed and built by Applied Materials.

Singapore Economic Development Board supported lab/facility will be staffed by 60 highly skilled researchers and scientists, working together with extended research teams at A*STAR's other research institutes.

Applied said "The intention is for products developed by the joint lab to be manufactured by Applied Materials in Singapore. In addition, Applied Materials plans to conduct experiments on the synchrotron at the Singapore Synchrotron Light Source (SSLS) and work with the National University of Singapore where a new beamline for semiconductor applications is to be developed. Funding for the construction of the new beamline is supported by the National Research Foundation."

Mr. Gary Dickerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Materials, Inc., said, "A*STAR and the government of Singapore have been great R&D partners for Applied Materials. We are excited to expand our collaboration to develop advanced semiconductor technology for extending Moore's Law. Applied Materials' leading expertise in materials engineering can help solve the challenges of producing future generations of logic and memory chips."

Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman, A*STAR, said, "This collaboration will catalyse the development of emerging technologies for the global electronics market and advance Singapore's position as a key R&D hub for the industry. The joint lab reaffirms A*STAR's multi-disciplinary R&D capabilities to drive innovation in the electronics sector, a key growth area for Singapore's economy, and will generate further economic value through the creation of good jobs."

"The joint lab will strengthen capabilities for Applied Materials in Singapore, as we expand from advanced manufacturing to early stage R&D and designing global products," said Mr. Russell Tham, Corporate Vice President & Regional President South East Asia, Applied Materials, Inc. "Successful public-private partnerships, leveraging complementary strengths, help create new forms of value from Singapore and keep the local industry competitive."

Prof Raj. Thampuran, Managing Director, A*STAR, said, "The new joint lab takes the longstanding collaboration between Applied Materials and A*STAR to the next level, and will marshal our combined strengths in research, development, innovation and industrial applications. This technology will pioneer new processes and techniques to advance the fabrication of semiconductor devices."

Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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