SVTC, the leading provider
of silicon technology development and commercialization services, and Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TWSE: 2330) (NYSE: TSM) have formed
an Innovation Incubation Alliance that accelerates the commercialization of
new and innovative technologies and encourages product development on a variety
of emerging technology platforms.
Under the new alliance, SVTC and TSMC will work with developers to bring to
market new applications in emerging technologies such as micro-electro-mechanical
systems (MEMS), biochips and other devices incorporating new materials and novel
structures. The agreement is the latest in a series of collaborations between
the two companies.
Joseph Bronson, SVTC's CEO, said, "The partnership will seek out and work
with 'More than Moore' customers whose ideas or products are based on silicon
technologies, but may not necessarily scale with Moore's Law."
"There are a number of promising applications that could inspire entire
new industries, but many lack a clear path to commercialization and high-volume
manufacturing," said Bronson. "Our technology commercialization agreement
with TSMC will enable the world's most promising innovators to develop new products
and to bring the best of these new devices into volume production."
C.C. Wei, TSMC senior vice president, Mainstream Technology Business, added,
"TSMC has a strong tradition of working with innovators to develop applications
that change the technology landscape. Our relationship with SVTC creates a highly
effective path to bring innovative products built on mainstream process technologies
to market quickly."
The SVTC Fast-Transfer™ process provides solutions that drive yields
for products transferred to TSMC to achieve a fast revenue ramp.
Under the agreement, TSMC and SVTC will bring new products from concept to
volume production. Typically, companies with conceptual or undeveloped products
will utilize SVTC for development and commercialization of new technologies.
As product demands increase, SVTC will transfer the customers' processes to
TSMC for volume manufacturing. SVTC and TSMC will co-market the services emerging
from the new agreement.