Exciting Developments in November
By Kai Fai Ng, president, SEMI Southeast Asia
It has been a very busy November in the regional semiconductor scene and here are some of the highlights.
First, there was the ground-breaking ceremony of Saigon Silicon City in Ho Chih Min. Touted as the international-standard smart urban hub, mimicking closely to Silicon Valley model in the U.S., it plans to provide the necessary infrastructure and convenience for attracting overseas Vietnamese and foreign enterprises with investments in the high-tech field such as semiconductor industry well as in support industries within the supply chain. The project is being built on an area of 52 hectares with total investment of $40 million and has the capacity to house over 24 enterprises operating in the field of high technology or technology support supply chain when fully occupied. The project will begin in May and start to attract investment in 2016. SEMI CFO and VP Operations, Rich Salsman and SEMI SEA’s Shannen and Kai Fai were among the guests invited to witness this significant milestone in the growth of Ho Chih Min towards the development of a viable semiconductor hub for Vietnam.
We also had another major event that took place in Singapore. KLA Tencor opens its Advanced Packaging Development Center in their Singapore facility. The center will house development labs, testing and electronics labs to enhance their support to customers in the growing importance of advanced packaging in the semiconductor segment of mobility and IoT.
Lastly, SEMI Southeast Asia concluded another successful Advanced Packaging and Materials Characterization (APMC) workshop held in Penang, Malaysia. The Advanced Packaging workshop organized by SEMI SEA in partnership with Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) drew more than 70 participants from the region. Participants gained valuable insights into the packaging technology and the materials needs in the advanced development of this important field from the two-day workshop. With survey indicating a need for more of such in depth semiconductor workshops ranging from VLSI design to development of technology affecting electronic manufacturing services sector, SEMI SEA intends to broaden the topics offering in 2016.
December 8, 2015