Taiwan’s ITRI targets UK’s semiconductor strategy

Taiwan’s ITRI targets UK’s semiconductor strategy

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By Nick Flaherty

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is offering to set up pilot semiconductor packaging lines building on its current relationship with the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in Newport, Wales.

ITRI is looking to offer consultation services for advanced packaging pilot lines, pre-production evaluation, and link British semiconductor IP design companies with Taiwan’s semiconductor industry chain as part of UK semiconductor strategy.

This comes at the end of the UK Tech Week that saw a raft of announcements on funding for quantum, software and AI. However the expected Semiconductor Advisory Panel was not announced.

Dr. Shih-Chieh Chang, General Director of Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories at ITRI has had an initial exchange with the newly established Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

During the exchange, Dr. Chang suggested that Taiwan can become a trustable partner for the UK and that the partnership can leverage collective strengths to create mutually beneficial developments.

“The expansion of British manufacturers’ service capacity in Taiwan would create a mutually beneficial outcome for both Taiwan and the UK,” said Dr Chang.

Dr Chang stressed that ITRI looks forward to more collaboration with the UK on semiconductors to enhance the resilience of the supply chain. While the UK possesses cutting-edge capabilities in semiconductor IP design and compound semiconductor technology, ITRI has extensive expertise in semiconductor technology R&D and trial production.

The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult (CSA Catapult) signed a memorandum of understanding with ITRI in 2020 and the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is also focusing the Digital Trade Network in Taiwan to increase the UK’s capability to support semiconductor trade and investment.

Dr Chang indicated that ITRI can assist in establishing relevant pilot lines by introducing necessary resources to address existing gaps or offering consultation services covering design, packaging and testing prior to mass production. This would help reduce the UK’s reliance on external suppliers

Other than the collaboration with CSA Catapult on GaN semiconductor technologies, ITRI partnered with Oxford Instruments for HBLED, MEMS, Micro LED, silicon photonics, and nanoscale analysis equipment.

ITRI has also worked with Imagination Technologies to jointly build a platform that assists startup companies in using key patents.


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