Partnering to Accelerate New Products from R&D to Manufacturing

Applied Materials announced plans to establish a new, joint R&D lab with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The lab, the second collaboration with A*STAR in Singapore, is a prime example of how Applied is expanding its partnerships with research agencies, leading universities and governments worldwide, and forging new models of innovation to accelerate the commercialization of advanced R&D.

Last week I attended the opening of Fusionopolis Two in Singapore by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. At the event, Applied Materials announced plans to establish a new, joint R&D lab with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The lab, our second collaboration with A*STAR in Singapore, is a prime example of how Applied is expanding its partnerships with research agencies, leading universities and governments worldwide, and forging new models of innovation to accelerate the commercialization of advanced R&D.

Moving promising technologies out the lab and into product development and ultimately to the fab floor as quickly as possible is critical to maintaining leadership in our fast- changing industry. Our joint labs in Singapore will speed that process by co-locating research, product development and advanced manufacturing capabilities.

The labs bring together extended research teams from A*STAR’s other research institutes and Applied’s global manufacturing experts from our Singapore manufacturing hub. This tight coupling will enable more effective exploration of new areas and faster turns of technology and product validation. The intention is for products developed by the joint lab to be manufactured by Applied Materials in Singapore.

The new lab is a S$150 million joint investment and will focus on developing advanced semiconductor technology to fabricate future generations of logic and memory chips. You can read more about the new lab in our press release

In 2012, Applied and A*STAR formed a Center of Excellence in Advanced Packaging in Singapore, which has helped drive new innovations in 3D chip packaging technology from Applied Materials. Previously, Applied Ventures, the venture arm of Applied Materials invested in Tera-Barrier Films, an A*STAR spin-off company.

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