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Singapore-Abu Dhabi R&D programme focuses on advanced MEMS

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? R&D? manufacturing?

Building upon the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum, the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Globalfoundries and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) have joined forces for a research programme, dubbed Twin Lab, dedicated to advancing micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technologies for automotive, aerospace, consumer, healthcare, industrial, and mobility applications.

Twin Lab will focus on the development of MEMS technologies including inertial sensors, energy harvesters, nano-opto-mechanical sensors, and ultrasonic transducers. Globalfoundries will serve as the programme manager and manufacturing partner, allowing the foundry to expand its IP portfolio to address MEMS high-volume manufacturing at effective cost levels and capacity. Abu Dhabi's MI, a graduate-level university specialising in providing real-world solutions in advanced energy and sustainable technologies, will develop novel device designs based on market requirements and IME will serve as the research institute responsible for the execution of design concepts.

The collaboration is expected to deliver capabilities that can mitigate power issues in high performance devices such as automobile, industrial and autonomous wireless sensor nodes, as well as improve sensitivity and accuracy for effective detection in healthcare, aerospace and industry applications, where the monitoring of the environment is paramount to safety.

Singapore-Abu Dhabi R&D programme focuses on advanced MEMS

IME Executive Director Dim-Lee Kwong: We are confident that this partnership will enable us to successfully push our MEMS research capabilities to greater heights, and contribute to the advancement of the semiconductor industry in both Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

The memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday by Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development in Singapore, and His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Work is expected to begin in early 2014. The initial phase of the collaboration is expected to run for three years with subsequent phases of developments to be further planned.





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