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AAC opens Singapore R&D center

Posted: 24 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:R&D? Singapore center? MEMS? consumer electronics?

Miniature acoustic components and solutions provider AAC Acoustic Technologies Holdings Inc. has launched AAC Technologies Pte Ltd, its new international headquarters and R&D centre in Singapore.

Located in Science Park II, the new Singapore office will perform a range of functions including corporate training, technical support services and sales, marketing control and planning. It will also expand upon the company's existing technological capabilities by carrying out additional research and development and test-bedding activities for new concepts. The company plans to invest around $13.89 million over the next five years in R&D activities in Singapore.

AAC is currently researching MEMS chip design and process research for MEMS microphones in collaboration with Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. The partnership will develop cost-effective, high-performance MEMS microphones for use in consumer electronics such as mobile phones, digital cameras and notebook computers and as well as for the automobile and transport industries.

Benjamin Pan, CEO of AAC said, "Singapore is the clear choice for our new international headquarters and R&D center. With a talented workforce, strong infrastructure, excellent IP protection and proximity to our growing global customer base, Singapore offers a first-rate pro-business environment for AAC to further strengthen our business to serve our clients worldwide."

Pan added that as markets become more competitive, audio quality in cellphones and other consumer electronic devices become increasingly important. He commented, "We are very happy to be collaborating with IME on our research into MEMS microphones. IME is highly regarded as one of Asia's best research establishments for the semiconductor industry. Combining IME's rich expertise with AAC's existing design and packaging technologies and mass production capabilities, we hope to be able to deliver sophisticated, advanced MEMS microphones to meet rapidly changing market demands."

Over the next three years, AAC intends to build upon the current functions and aims to set up automated production lines in Singapore. To accommodate the manufacturing activities, AAC intends to increase its staff strength to 100 and expand to a larger facility.

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