SINGAPORE Singapore-based test and assembly solutions provider United Test and Assembly Center Ltd. (UTAC) announced a new strategic alliance with one of the city-state's main radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design and service companies, the latest in a series of partnerships UTAC has sought to broaden its market base.
The pact between UTAC and Advanced RFIC (ARFIC) will see the two companies cooperate in IC design, characterization and modeling, as well as engineering development and turnkey test and assembly. They also agreed to pool their client base, with UTAC to become the primary test and assembly vendor for ARFIC's clients and ARFIC the recommended vendor for any RFIC design and modeling for UTAC's customers.
C.K. Tan, UTAC's group vice president of corporate development, said the alliance "further establishes UTAC's strength in test capability and competency."
UTAC also said it has joined Singapore's ICommunity consortium, which groups leading semiconductor manufacturers and serves as an incubator for chip design startups.
UTAC will provide to ICommunity members standard turnkey services and engineering solutions to support prototype test program development for analog mixed signal and RF devices, the company said in a statement.
Tan said the partnership and UTAC's decision to pair up with ARFIC showed the company recognized the increasing importance of EDA houses and would allow it to "provide silicon-proven solutions to shorten the time to market" for new EDA and IP block products.
UTAC recently concluded a deal with nine Chinese fabless companies under which it will become their preferred turnkey test and assembly services provider.