SINGAPORE, March 7, 2012 – Applied Materials, Inc., the global leader in providing
manufacturing solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic
industries, and the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a world-renowned research institute
under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), officially opened the
Centre of Excellence in Advanced Packaging at Singapore’s Science Park II today.
Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, presided at today’s opening
The Centre of Excellence in Advanced Packaging has been built with a combined
investment of over USD$100 million from Applied Materials and IME. The world-class facility
features a 14,000 square foot Class-10 cleanroom and is equipped with a fully-integrated
line of 300 millimetre manufacturing systems to support the research and development of 3D
chip packaging, a critical growth area for the semiconductor industry.
The Centre will be the most advanced lab of its kind dedicated to wafer level packaging and
will combine Applied Materials’ leading-edge equipment and process technology with IME’s
leading research capability in 3D chip packaging. The Centre positions Singapore as a
global leader in semiconductor R&D and is expected to help accelerate the development and
adoption of 3D packaging technology globally.
Traditionally, chips are connected to packages using wires attached to only their edges. This
approach limits the possible number of connections from the chip and the long wire
connections result in signal speed delays and power inefficiencies. With 3D chip packaging,
multiple chips can be stacked on top of each other and connected with wiring that runs
vertically through the stack – called through-silicon vias (TSVs). When used to stack memory
chips on logic chips, this technology is expected to reduce package size by 35%, decrease
power consumption by 50%, and increase data bandwidth by a factor of eight or more times.
Conceived to support research collaboration between Applied Materials and IME, the Centre
will also allow both parties to pursue independent research initiatives including process
engineering, integration and hardware development. For Applied Materials, this is a
significant addition of new capabilities in Singapore. The Centre also serves as a
demonstration of how A*STAR is able to develop and nurture a local ecosystem for
advanced R&D through partnerships with leading corporations. Research activities are
already underway with a team of over 50 personnel.
“Today, we are not only opening the most advanced wafer level packaging lab of its kind in
the world, but we are also opening a new product development capability for Applied
Materials in Asia,” said Mike Splinter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Applied
Materials. “This Centre will strengthen our ability to advance new technologies and allow us
to work more closely with our customers in Asia.”
On the collaboration with Applied Materials, Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR, said,
“The combined efforts of Applied Materials and A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics are a
continuing testimony to A*STAR’s spectrum of excellent and industry-relevant scientific
capabilities. It reaffirms our strategy of leveraging a suite of capabilities to form meaningful
and impactful public-private research alliances which catalyse the growth of private sector
R&D activities in Singapore. This will create many high-value jobs locally and help to further
anchor Singapore’s semiconductor manufacturing base.”
Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of IME, added, “The Centre of Excellence is a
prime example of a strategic relationship fostered between two leading players in the global
semiconductor value chain and will spur the development of innovative wafer-level
packaging technologies to be implemented globally. This collaboration will enable the
semiconductor industry to accelerate the adoption of 3D chip packaging.”
For Media Contact:
Seraphina Seng (editorial/media)
Applied Materials South East Asia Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 63117531
Institute of Microelectronics
Tel: +65 6770 5375
About Applied Materials, Inc.
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing innovative
equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor,
flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovations
like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to
consumers and businesses around the world. At Applied Materials, we turn today’s
innovations into the industries of tomorrow. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.
About Institute of Microelectronics (IME)
The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering
Research Council of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
Positioned to bridge the R&D between academia and industry, IME's mission is to add value
to Singapore's semiconductor industry by developing strategic competencies, innovative
technologies and intellectual property; enabling enterprises to be technologically competitive;
and cultivating a technology talent pool to inject new knowledge to the industry. Its key
research areas are in integrated circuits design, advanced packaging, bioelectronics and
medical devices, MEMS, nanoelectronics, and photonics.
For more information about IME, please visit www.ime.a-star.edu.sg.
About Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for
fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and
innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical
sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia and Centres, located in
Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity.
A*STAR supports Singapore's key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and
industrial capital to its partners in industry. It also supports extramural research in the
universities, hospitals, research centres, and with other local and international partners.
For more information about A*STAR, please visit www.a-star.edu.sg