IQE plc, Win Semiconductors Inc., and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Singapore-based center of excellence for developing compound semiconductor technology.IQE, WIN, NTU, local management and key academics will jointly own the Compound Semiconductor Development Centre (CSDC). In the industry and academic collaboration IQE, a maker of substrates and foundry of epiwafers, Win Semi (a gallium arsenide foundry), and NTU hope to accelerate the development of compound semiconductor technology. The CSDC also intends incubate the developments to bring them to market.
The Economic Development Board of Singapore helped bring the initiative together. The initiative complements other compound semiconductor development activities in Singapore including SMART-LEES (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Center’s Low Energy Electronic Systems). Such initiatives that aim to support Singapore’s continuing economic growth are developing next-generation IP.
IQE plans to contribute its facilities, equipment, and IP to the Singapore joint venture. IQE will transfer £4.2m of tools to the CSDC and lease out the existing buildings and facilities for the center. The CSDS is scheduled to begin operating during fourth-quarter 2014. “Singapore is committed to develop the compound semiconductor industry,” said Terence Gan, director of electronics at the Singapore Economic Development Board. “CSDC is an important partner to grow our pipeline of compound semiconductor R&D talent.”