SINGAPORE--Five months after acquiring a 33 percent stake in IC parametric and reliability test provider Chiron Semilab, Singapore's Ellipsiz Group is bringing those service to Shanghai, China.
Ellipsiz, a provider of chip-packaging and engineering services, plans to combine Chiron's test service lab with those from state-run Shanghai IC R&D Consortium (ICRD) in Shanghai. The ICRD is an independent industry body co-founded by the Shanghai government, universities, and local chip companies, including the Huahong Group and Shanghai Belling. It is also funded by Shanghai Information Investment Inc., Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and East China Normal University.
The lab, to be called Ellipsiz Semilab Shanghai, will provide RF characterization services. The laboratory service is targeted at fabless design houses and system houses, which are looking to outsource their technology and process qualification needs. Ellipsiz Semilab Shanghai is targeted to commence operations in August this year.
"Fabs worldwide are under pressure to reduce capital commitments and management resources which are spent on non-core processes," said Ellipsiz CEO, Xavier Chong, in a statement. "So, while parametric and reliability tests have traditionally been undertaken in-house, we are seeing signals that it is about to join the growing stream of outsourced functions."
Ellipsiz is undertaking this latest venture with technology partners, Chiron Semilab, and Qian Dahong, through its subsidiary Ellipsiz Semilab Holdings Pte Ltd. Qian is concurrently the executive advisor of the ICRD. Ellipsiz will own 74.27 percent of the business, while Chiron Semilab and Qian will hold 6.21 percent and 10.18 percent respectively. The balance of 9.34 percent will be held by an independent investor.