ITRI and DuPont jointly inaugurate semiconductor materials laboratory
The Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and DuPont Electronics & Imaging (DuPont) recently celebrated the opening of a new semiconductor materials laboratory in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
DuPont established the laboratory to stay close to the semiconductor industry in Taiwan. DuPont will conduct, in collaboration with ITRI, semiconductor material research, development and enhancement, and accelerate pilot testing and commercial viability to support DuPont’s customers as they pursue the next generation of semiconductors in Taiwan.
The evolution of 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has spurred development of key technologies for the next generation of semiconductors, including materials to support heterogeneous integration, advanced manufacturing processes, and high-end packaging. Taiwan plays a leading role in the semiconductor industry and has an integrated semiconductor supply chain.
Dr Chih-I Wu, VP and general director of ITRI’s Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories, stressed that ITRI has long invested in semiconductor research and development and has a solid foundation in the fields of electronics and optoelectronics, advanced packaging processes, chemistry and materials. With the support from AI on Chip Program of Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), ITRI will expand investment in advanced equipment and technology, heterogeneous integrated packaging experiment platforms and diversified design, manufacturing processes and prototype production services. “Bringing together ITRI’s semiconductor-related technical strength and DuPont’s expertise in materials, this laboratory in ITRI’s vicinity will enable closer exchanges between the two organisations to bring more innovative solutions and meet the immediate needs of Taiwan’s semiconductor and IC substrate industries,” he said.
“DuPont has been conducting business in Taiwan for more than 50 years and has grown alongside Taiwan’s industrial development, especially in the electronics industry. Our investment in semiconductor technology and manufacturing centres in Taiwan serves as our hub in Asia Pacific to promote advanced semiconductor technologies globally,” said Dennis Chen, DuPont Taiwan president. “Over the years, we have made efforts in strengthening technological breakthroughs, terminal applications and supporting the strategic technology roadmap in Taiwan. The inauguration of this laboratory marks another important milestone as we continue to enhance innovation and R&D capabilities in Taiwan.”
Added Rob Kavanagh, global business director, DuPont Advanced Packaging Technologies: "DuPont is committed to the development of advanced materials in support of the increasingly complex packaging technologies. We have seen positive outcomes from our past collaboration with ITRI and look forward to further leveraging each other’s competencies and experience for our customers and Taiwan’s semiconductor industry.”
Caption: The unveiling ceremony marked the official opening of the materials laboratory (photo: DuPont)