Nanyang Technological University (“NTU”) and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (“Chartered”), one of the world’s top dedicated foundries, announced the opening of Chartered@NTU, a 100 square-meter joint laboratory set up by the two organisations, to promote technology exchange and collaboration for joint research and development projects. The focus of the research area is cutting-edge nano-scale complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process technology and reliability.
An extension of an existing research partnership between NTU and Chartered, Chartered@NTU, situated in NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, houses state-of-the-art equipment such as 12-inch wafer probers and ultra-fast transient measurement systems. These systems are the most advanced of their kind, allowing very high-precision CMOS characterization. They are particularly critical in improving the performance and reliability of the microchips fabricated using 65 nm CMOS technology, which is being widely adopted for microprocessor chips used in high-performance desktop and laptop computers, network workstations as well as game consoles.
Chartered@NTU leverages the strengths of both organisations. In the joint projects, NTU provides the research talent and expertise, while Chartered provides industry and manufacturing knowledge. The joint lab also provides practical training and industrial exposure opportunities for NTU’s postgraduate students to work on real-world projects with engineers from Chartered.
NTU’s post-graduate students and researchers have started working on projects at the lab with Chartered’s research scientists and engineers. Fully operational since August 2007, the lab is staffed by 20 graduate students from NTU and adjunct staff from Chartered.
Professor Kam Chan Hin, Chair, NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, says, “The semiconductor industry remains one of Singapore’s key economic contributors. Therefore, it is important to continuously drive cutting-edge research in this area to ensure that we remain ahead of the technology curve. NTU’s established R&D strength in microelectronics, coupled with Chartered’s industry experience and marketing know-how, ensures that the projects we work on jointly will be cutting-edge and commercially relevant.”
“The objective of this collaboration between NTU and Chartered is to capitalize on each other’s present and future resources such as manpower, technology, infrastructure and equipment. Promoting technology collaboration and providing real-time, hands-on training to students are some of the best ways for Chartered to nurture and strengthen local resources,” said Mr Ng Seng Huwi, vice president for human resources at Chartered.
About Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science, engineering, business, humanities, arts and social sciences. The university has two campuses in Singapore – the Yunnan Garden campus – NTU’s main campus – is located in the southwestern part of Singapore. The NTU@one-north campus, home to educational and alumni clubhouse facilities, is located near Singapore’s biomedical research hub, Biopolis; and the new infocomm and media hub, Fusionopolis.
NTU has four colleges comprising 12 schools. The College of Engineering comprises six schools focused on technology and innovation. Its research output ranks among the top four in the world. The College of Science pushes the boundaries of Singapore’s life sciences initiatives. The Nanyang Business School (the College of Business) offers one of the world’s top 100 MBA programmes. The College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences boasts Singapore’s first professional art school offering degree courses in art, design and interactive digital media, the Humanities and Social Science School, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, a top journalism and media school in Asia.
The 13th school, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, was inaugurated on 1 January 2007. An important component of this autonomous school is the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, long recognised as a world authority on strategic studies and terrorism. NTU is also home to the internationally-acclaimed National Institute of Education, Singapore’s only teacher-training institute.
NTU has in place multi-country programmes and initiatives with established institutions worldwide. Key partners include MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University in USA, Peking University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda University, Indian Institute of Technology in Asia, Cambridge University, Imperial College and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Europe.
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHRT) (SGX-ST:CHARTERED), one of the world’s top dedicated semiconductor foundries, offers leading-edge technologies down to 65 nanometer (nm), enabling today’s system-on-chip designs. The company further serves the needs of customers through its collaborative, joint development approach on a technology roadmap that extends to 32nm. Chartered’s strategy is based on open and comprehensive design enablement solutions, manufacturing enhancement methodologies, and a commitment to flexible sourcing. In Singapore, the company operates a 300mm fabrication facility and four 200mm facilities.