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Published on : Jul 23, 2014

The Singapore government has taken the initiative of launching four research laboratories in the quest for enhanced innovation and world-class hub for the semiconductor industry, on Wednesday, July 23. 

The key partners involved in this collaboration are, DISCO, Nikon, Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor, Dai Nippon Printing, Panasonic Factory Solutions, PINK, Mentor Graphics, Asia Pacific, Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, and Tokyo Electron.

Nevertheless, the four pivotal semiconductor technology processes include, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the four Agency for Science, and Institute of Microelectronics\' (IME).

The Advanced Semiconductor Joint Labs have the power to control the IME\'s research capabilities in the fields of metrology, assembly, advanced lithography, and wafer level packaging. 

The semiconductor industry has played a significant role in the economic development of Singapore, said Second Minister of Trade and Industry S Iswaran at the launch of the research laboratories on Wednesday. This growth has been in effect for more than 40 years. Due to this, the employment in this industry sector has doubled from 15,000 to 41,000 in the forecast 1993 to 2013. He also added that half of the semiconductor industries in Singapore deal in research and development and other manufacturing activities. 

The launch of the four IME Joint Labs in partnership to A*STAR’s semiconductor industry amounts to a total R&D commitment of S$200 million. Projects such as the Advanced Semiconductor Joint Labs will flourish Singapore’s semiconductor industry. 

Due to the collaboration with IME, key semiconductor players such as KLA-Tencor will soon introduce two of its control solution products in the Singaporean market. It also plans to hire extra 20 R&D engineers by the end of this current year.

On the other hand, Tokyo Electron, another leading player in the industry will expand its presence in the country from providing support functions to current sales, including R&D.