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HKSTP-IBM partnership sees extension

Posted: 23 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:partnership IBM? Hong Kong? semiconductor foundry 65nm?

A new chapter awaits the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp. (HKSTP)-IBM partnership. The collaboration between HKSTP and IBM has been extended as both firms work on making 65nm semiconductor foundry technology more accessible for clients in Asia.

Through the existing partnership with HKSTP, signed July 2007, IBM's foundry technologies and intellectual property (IP) have become more accessible to technology start-ups, fabless companies and multinational chip design teams in the Asia-Pacific region through multi-project wafer (MPW) services and low-volume production (LVP).

With the partnership extension IBM, will help HKSTP with foundry engagement and will provide necessary technical support by arranging technical training for the HKSTP team. HKSTP will provide MPW and LVP service for regional demands and first-line technical support to its clients. To promote IBM's semiconductor foundry technologies, HKSTP and IBM will also jointly conduct seminars and road shows across the region, as well as setting up a portal for technical enquiries.

"Since our agreement with IBM signed in July last year, the interests of IBM technology users have been increasing rapidly," said Ir. S.W. Cheung, VP, business development and technology support for HKSTP. "HKSTP has completed nine projects using IBM technology for users from mainland China, Taiwan and local Hong Kong from 0.35?m to 90nm."

"Since we announced our relationship with HKSTP one year ago, we have experienced tremendous cooperation and momentum in helping smaller-sized and start-up technology developers leverage IBM advanced semiconductor technologies to enhance their product portfolio and grow their business," said Regina Darmoni, director, semiconductor solutions, IBM Microelectronics. "Adding access to IBM's 65nm technologies is a natural extension to the HKSTP relationship and further enables IBM's fabrication services for clients with lower volume production needs."

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