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Establishment of Abu Dhabi-Singapore Twin Lab announced

Zafar Anjum | Nov. 26, 2013
A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore & Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to establish R&D twin lab to advance MEMS technologies for key industries

Twin labs

Abu Dhabi-Singapore Twin Lab MOU signing by IME Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong (L), GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore GM Mr. KC Ang (center), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh (R). The signing was witnessed by Senior Minister of State Trade and Industry, and National Development of Singapore Mr. Lee Yi Shyan and H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of Executive Affairs Authority for
Emirate of Abu Dhabi (back row center). (credit: IE Singapore)

Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology are establishing an R&D twin lab.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed at the 7th Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum 2013 in Singapore on 26 November. The signing of the MoU was attended by Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development in Singapore, and His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (EAA).

Boost to MEMS technologies

According to a joint press statement by these partners, they will collaborate to develop and advance micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technologies for automotive, aerospace, consumer, healthcare, industrial, and mobility applications.

The joint research initiative is supported by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), a Mubadala company focused on building leading technologies companies, and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore.

According to the parties signing the MoU, the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Twin Lab will focus on the development of MEMS technologies including inertial sensors, energy harvesters, nano-opto-mechanical sensors, and ultrasonic transducers.

These platform technologies form the foundation of a wide spectrum of sensors that address high volume markets, including mobile platforms, distributed wireless sensor network, healthcare and environment monitoring.

"We are pleased to be in a strategic and mutually beneficial collaboration with the renowned research institutes from Singapore and Abu Dhabi," said Mr K. C. Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore. "This joint partnership will enable us to harness their R&D capabilities to create innovative technologies and products that will further solidify and strengthen our foundation in MEMS manufacturing."

"The agreement with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore and the Institute of Microelectronics illustrates our commitment to develop strong relationships with internationally renowned research-oriented institutions in advanced technology areas," said Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute. "With the support of the UAE's leadership, we strive to develop expertise in leading edge areas recognized and pursued by other renowned institutions. We offer our expertise in fabless and fab-lite semiconductor technology and seek to achieve innovative solutions through our collaboration with the Singapore-based entities in MEMS-related research and development projects."

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore is a leading semiconductor foundry.


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