Joint Wafer Packaging R&D Lab Opens in Singapore’s Science Park II

Manufacturing solutions provider for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic industries, Applied Materials Inc. and the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), has officially opened the Center of Excellence in Advanced Packaging at Singapore’s Science Park II.

The opening ceremony was presided by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang.

The center was built through a combined investment of over $100 million from Applied Materials and IME. It boasts of world-class facilities featuring a 1,300m2 Class-10 cleanroom and is equipped with a fully-integrated line of 300mm manufacturing systems to support the research and development of 3D chip packaging, a critical growth area for the semiconductor industry.

“Today, we are not only opening the most advanced wafer level packaging lab of its kind in the world, but we are also opening a new product development capability for Applied Materials in Asia,” said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. “This center will strengthen our ability to advance new technologies and allow us to work more closely with our customers in Asia.”

For Applied Materials, this is a significant addition of new capabilities in Singapore.

According to the IME and Applied Materials, the center will be the most advanced lab of its kind dedicated to wafer level packaging and will combine Applied Materials’ leading-edge equipment and process technology with IME’s leading research capability in 3D chip packaging.

The new facility positions Singapore as a global leader in semiconductor R&D and is expected to help accelerate the development and adoption of 3D packaging technology globally. Research activities are already underway with a team of over 50 personnel.

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