SMIC selected as foundation for Chinese MEMS industry

November 15, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
SMIC selected as foundation for Chinese MEMS industry
The Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS) has signed a cooperation agreement with foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) to create a complete MEMS supply chain within China.

SMIC's contribution is a MEMS R&D foundry platform and to help IMECAS develop standard processes for the manufacturing of MEMS sensors. IMECAS has experience in MEMS sensor design and packaging. The goal is to shorten development from design to production to help the Chinese MEMS industry grow.

The collaboration is set to start with the development of a MEMS environmental sensor and combining that with other MEMS sensors, SMIC said in a statement.

"SMIC is willing to open our platforms to support commercialized production and the R&D of universities and research institutions," said Tzu-Yin Chiu, CEO of SMIC. "SMIC and IMECAS have cooperated in numerous logic process development projects. This time we will expand our collaboration and promote the R&D of complete standardized MEMS sensor technologies to help integrate and improve the MEMS supply chain."

In the same statement Ye Tianchun, director of IMECAS, said, "Through the cooperation between SMIC and IMECAS, we can exploit our advantages and jointly build an open MEMS technology service platform and an electronic information integration platform for the MEMS supply chain. With the integration of design, manufacturing, packing, testing, public platform and venture investment, we can form a supply chain ecosystem and support the development of a global as well as domestic Chinese MEMS industry."

No indication was given of how much money would be spent on the development, or on timescales for milestone achievements.

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