NTU and Chartered today announced the opening of Chartered@NTU, a 100 square-meter joint laboratory set up by the two organisations, to promote technology exchange and collaboration for joint research and development projects. It will house state-of-the-art equipment such as 12-inch wafer probers and ultra-fast transient measurement systems. They are particularly critical in improving the performance and reliability of the microchips fabricated using 65 nm CMOS technology, which is being widely adopted for microprocessor chips used in high-performance desktop and laptop computers, network workstations as well as game consoles.

Nanyang Technological University ("NTU") and Chartered Semiconductor
Manufacturing Ltd. ("Chartered"), one of the world’s top dedicated foundries,
today announced the opening of Chartered@NTU, a 100 square-meter joint
laboratory set up by the two organisations, to promote technology exchange and
collaboration for joint research and development projects. The focus of the
research area is cutting-edge nano-scale complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor
(CMOS) process technology and reliability.

An extension of an existing research partnership between NTU and Chartered,
Chartered@NTU, situated in NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, houses state-of-the-art equipment such as 12-inch wafer probers and
ultra-fast transient measurement systems. These systems are the most advanced of
their kind, allowing very high-precision CMOS characterization. They are
particularly critical in improving the performance and reliability of the
microchips fabricated using 65 nm CMOS technology, which is being widely adopted
for microprocessor chips used in high-performance desktop and laptop computers,
network workstations as well as game consoles.

Chartered@NTU leverages the strengths of both organisations. In the joint
projects, NTU provides the research talent and expertise, while Chartered
provides industry and manufacturing knowledge. The joint lab also provides
practical training and industrial exposure opportunities for NTU’s postgraduate
students to work on real-world projects with engineers from Chartered.

NTU’s post-graduate students and researchers have started working on projects at
the lab with Chartered’s research scientists and engineers. Fully operational
since August 2007, the lab is staffed by 20 graduate students from NTU and
adjunct staff from Chartered.

Professor Kam Chan Hin, Chair, NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, says, "The semiconductor industry remains one of Singapore’s key
economic contributors. Therefore, it is important to continuously drive
cutting-edge research in this area to ensure that we remain ahead of the
technology curve. NTU’s established R&D strength in microelectronics, coupled
with Chartered’s industry experience and marketing know-how, ensures that the
projects we work on jointly will be cutting-edge and commercially relevant."

"The objective of this collaboration between NTU and Chartered is to capitalize
on each other’s present and future resources such as manpower, technology,
infrastructure and equipment. Promoting technology collaboration and providing
real-time, hands-on training to students are some of the best ways for Chartered
to nurture and strengthen local resources," said Mr Ng Seng Huwi, vice president
for human resources at Chartered.