SHANGHAI Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is partnering with US-based R&D foundry SVTC Technologies in an attempt to fast-track new ideas in chip design and manufacturing from concept through to mass production.
"There are more and more applications in the semiconductor industry being developed which use novel structures and new materials," said Dave Bergeron, chief executive of SVTC Technologies. "SVTC is uniquely placed in the emerging value chain to help semiconductor development teams from both fabless and integrated device manufacturers to fully develop their new concepts before taking them into volume production."
SVTC is a spin-off from Cypress Semiconductor, which previously owned the R&D foundry unit. It sold the unit earlier this year to private equity firms Oak Hill Capital Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital for approximately $53 million in cash.
SVTC's already offers a suite of commercialization services called FastXfer. The idea is to offer companies access to equipment and baseline process stability, process book creation and management, gap analysis and commonality review, test vehicles, process qualifications and yield improvement.
Usually companies will be working in nascent areas, such as novel memory and transistor structures, MEMS/MOEMS, photovoltaic, bio-tech and hi-voltage markets. The goal is to stabilize products at SVTC and then transfer them to a commercial foundry.
The partnership with TSMC seems to be an extension of this program, but details were not immediately available.
"This strategic alliance expands the TSMC ecosystem to enable more innovations by allowing companies, especially those who need special equipment, to develop products at SVTC and transfer accepted business smoothly to TSMC manufacturing," said Ken Chen, TSMC's director of Mainstream Technology Marketing, in a statement.