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SVTC, TSMC join efforts on MEMS, biochips

Posted: 19 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SVTC TSMC alliance? MEMS? silicon?

SVTC and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd have formed an Innovation Incubation Alliance to accelerate the commercialization of new and innovative technologies and encourage product development on a variety of emerging technology platforms.

Under the new alliance, SVTC and TSMC will work with developers to bring to market new applications in emerging technologies such as MEMS, biochips and other devices incorporating new materials and novel structures. The agreement is the latest in a series of collaborations between the two companies.

SVTC CEO Joseph Bronson said, "The partnership will seek out and work with 'More than Moore' customers whose ideas or products are based on silicon technologies, but may not necessarily scale with Moore's Law."

"There are a number of promising applications that could inspire entire new industries, but many lack a clear path to commercialization and high-volume manufacturing," said Bronson. "Our technology commercialization agreement with TSMC will enable the world's most promising innovators to develop new products and to bring the best of these new devices into volume production."

CC Wei, TSMC senior VP, mainstream technology business, added, "TSMC has a strong tradition of working with innovators to develop applications that change the technology landscape. Our relationship with SVTC creates a highly effective path to bring innovative products built on mainstream process technologies to market quickly."

The SVTC Fast-Transfer process provides solutions that drive yields for products transferred to TSMC to achieve a fast revenue ramp.

Under the agreement, TSMC and SVTC will bring new products from concept to volume production. Typically, companies with conceptual or undeveloped products will use SVTC for development and commercialization of new technologies. As product demands increase, SVTC will transfer the customers' processes to TSMC for volume manufacturing. SVTC and TSMC will co-market the services emerging from the new agreement.





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