The semiconductor equipment industry has seen strong demand from 5G and high-performance computing advanced manufacturing. ITRI, the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), and the world-leading laser applications brand TRUMPF have decided to jointly establish the Taiwan Semicon & Electronic Industries Laser Application Service Center at ITRI’s Southern Region Campus in Tainan. The Center will combine Germany’s most advanced high-end laser source with the platform of Taiwan’s Hiwin Mikrosystem and ITRI’s laser optical module to provide key upgrade technologies and strengthen Taiwan’s semiconductor equipment manufacturers.
The three parties held an MoU signing ceremony on September 2, at which TAMI Chairman Pa-Hsi Ko, TRUMPF Taiwan Industries Co. CEO Yung-Chih Cheng, and ITRI Senior Vice President Cheng-Wen Wu signed the agreement. Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang and German Trade Office in Taipei Executive Director Axel Limberg were also present to witness this important moment in cooperation between the semiconductor industries of Taiwan and Germany.
ITRI, TAMI and TRUMPF signed an MoU on the development of the Taiwan Semicon & Electronic Industries Laser Application Service Center in early September.
This cooperation has several major implications. First, TRUMPF’s laser sources and machine tools are in the leading position in the world, and therefore the participation of TRUMPF offers a strong ally to Taiwan industry. While TRUMPF will introduce its advanced laser technology, TAMI will contribute customers by engaging Taiwan’s major equipment suppliers, and ITRI will share its expertise in high-power, fine laser processing and system integration. Together, this will facilitate a broad range of industrial technology services, strengthen the development of a laser cluster in Tainan, and generate new opportunities for Taiwan's laser equipment industry.
ITRI Senior Vice President Dr. Wu commented that semiconductor technology is the foundation of emerging tech applications and is one of the key points of ITRI’s 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap. The joint efforts from TAMI, TRUMPF and ITRI will help develop high-end laser sources and equipment and thus expand the capacity of Taiwan’s semiconductor equipment industry supply chain. ITRI’s Southern Region Campus will serve as home to the planned Taiwan Semicon & Electronic Industries Laser Application Service Center, with the hope to drive even more high-tech R&D centers to establish their base in southern Taiwan.
The Center aims to offer easier and faster access to sampling, prototyping, and testing for companies that need to introduce high-end laser sources. It is expected that the completion of the Center by the end of this year will bring a brand new, rapid equipment supply model. This will strengthen local equipment suppliers’ ability in applying innovative laser technologies to non-contact micro-processing, and consolidate their position in the global supply chain.