SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. here has received the QS-9000 certification for quality for its three fabrication facilities. The designation by the International Standards Organization (ISO) brings all of Chartered's production fabs into certification.
Earlier this year, Fab 5, the company's joint-venture with Lucent Microelectronics, also earned QS-9000 certification. Chartered's joint-venture facility with Agilent Technologies, Fab 6, is expected to begin volume production this year and gain the QS-9000 certification byyear-end.
Aachievement of the QS-9000 certification indicates that a company has developed a culture, for achieving the highest quality standards possible, and that it can document its processes. Criteria for the certification include a rigorous four-day audit of all shifts. During this process companies demonstrate that they have implemented an effective quality system. For customers, the designation is further assurance that strict internationally recognized quality system standards have been attained.
"A disciplined corporate culture and an unerring dedication to continuous improvement are critical requirements for meeting the rigorous demands of QS-9000 certification," said Lau Chi Kwan, Chartered's vice president of quality and reliability assurance. "Through the commitment of many internal organizations, we can now evaluate our quality systems against
an international measuring stick for excellence. Systems like QS-9000 are critical in maintaining high industry standards for corporate citizenship."
Chartered's QS-9000 certification extends beyond the fabs to include administrative and support functions, including supply management, customer engineering, R&D, facilities, human resources, marketing and business development, he added.