Singapore, Abu Dhabi, agree to develop MEMS together
Globalfoundries, which manufactures MEMS in Singapore and is backed by a Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, is set to manage the project and act as a manufacturing partner.
However, the Twin-Lab project seems to make more likely the idea that a MEMS wafer fab will be built in Abu Dhabi displacing previous plans to make logic ICs there (see Should Abu Dhabi build a MEMS fab).
A memorandum of understanding was signed by representatives from the Institute of Microelectronics Singapore, Globalfoundries Singapore and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. The signing took place at the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum being held in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The Twin-Lab joint research initiative will be supported financially by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), a subisidiary of the Mubadala sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore.
No indication was given about how much money would be spent on setting up the Twin-Lab or when or how the laboratory would operate.
It was said that the lab will focus on the development of MEMS technologies including inertial sensors, energy harvesters, nano-opto-mechanical sensors, and ultrasonic transducers for use in wireless sensor network, healthcare and environmental monitoring.
Globalfoundries Singapore is set to serve as the program manger and manufacturing partner for the Twin Labs project. "This joint partnership will enable us to harness their R&D capabilities to create innovative technologies and products that will further solidify and strengthen our foundation in MEMS manufacturing," said K. C. Ang, general manager of Globalfoundries Singapore in a statement issued by IME.
In the same statement Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director of IME, said: "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."
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