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New tech complex gears HKSTP for the future

Posted: 01 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HKSTP? R&D center? biotechnology? foundry service?

Pushing toward Hong Kong's vision to transform into a knowledge-based economy and become the region's R&D center, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp. (HKSTP) unveiled its Phase II complex in September, with the milestone event graced by Donald Tsang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

"The inauguration of Hong Kong Science Park Phase II marks an important milestone in translating our vision into a thriving reality," said HKSTP CEO Lee Shing See. "This advance is the start of a new generation of innovation built on the solid foundations established during the first five years of HKSTP Phase 1."

The new complex has a floor area of 105,000m?, making it the largest of its kind in the Pearl River Delta. The construction of Phase II, with its environment-friendly, campus-style design, cost about $483.86 million.

"This state-of-the-art facility marks the start of a new era in Hong Kong's emergence as a leader in technology development in the region," noted Nicholas Brooke, HKSTP chairman.

Biotechnology focus
Two of the 11 buildings in the complex are dedicated to biotechnology research. Chan Man Wai, HKSTP's VP of projects and facilities, revealed that biotechnology is the primary focus of Phase II, thus the two laboratory buildings are the centerpiece of the complex. Equipment and value-added services for the electronics industry remain in Phase I, Wai explained, but these will be greatly enhanced. Still, Freescale Semiconductor was named a Phase II tenant, indicating that the complex is not entirely closing its doors to electronics companies.

The labs in Phase I provide one-stop services for companies in the fields of semiconductors, photon-electronics and communications. Facilities here include an IC test center, a reliability laboratory, a product analysis laboratory, a photonics development center and a wireless communications test lab. Among services offered are IC packaging and testing, failure analysis, semiconductor surface material/composition analysis, and various test and measurement processes required in the development of photon-electronics display and lighting products, as well as optical communications equipment.

The IP Service Center of HKSTP likewise offers legal aid on semiconductor IP, thus raising the confidence of IC design firms regarding their investments.

HKSTP has established long-term cooperation with a number of universities, colleges and other science and technology parks and research institutions, driving the development of the semiconductor, photon-electronics and communications industries in Asia. The park this year announced a joint agreement with IBM to provide foundry services in small volumes for fabless IC design firms, an example of the value-added services HKSTP offers to electronics companies.

The construction of HKSTP Phase II, with its environment-friendly design, cost about $483.86 million.

Over the past five years, diverse companies have come to hold office at HKSTP Phase I, leaving no capacity vacancy. Among these companies are Solomon Systech, Sigmatel, On Semiconductor, Xilinx, Cypress and Cree.

The additional capacity offered by Phase II is expected to accommodate 160 high-tech companies. Since HKSTP is a one-stop services complex, tenants are able to get to any laboratory in 10mins from their offices within the park.

Likewise, Phase II tenants are able to share the services at Phase I, accelerating product commercialization. Also, with Hong Kong considered the "springboard" to the mainland, companies here have the advantage of easy access to the China market.

- Su Yu
EE Times

With additional reporting from Christine Telesforo.

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