PNoy formally opens PH semicon testing lab

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[/caption] The Admatel, a project initiated by the Department of Science & Technology (DOST), houses state-of-the-art facilities for failure analysis and advanced materials characterization which are vital steps in spotting defects and checking the reliability of the electronic device components once these come out of the production line. It is located at the DOST complex in Taguig City. Aquino cited the inherent skill and talent of the Filipino people. However, he said that what is lacking in the past is the support coming from the government. ?This is precisely why our administration has focused on giving our people the necessary resources and opportunities to truly exercise their creativity in advancing their respective fields and industries,? he said. The chief executive said he is confident that the facility will pull the country?s semiconductors industry up the value chain, and move them closer to their target of becoming a $50-billion industry by 2016. Currently, various firms in the semiconductor industry send samples to their parent companies abroad or to other facilities for testing which in which they have to spend around $9 million to $18 million every year for the test alone. With the testing services finally available locally, testing costs will be relatively lower than those performed abroad and it will also reduce the turnaround time from one month to just four days. Admatel houses four sophisticated equipment performing different tasks. One is the Time-of-Fight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer which analyzes the composition of solid surfaces and thin films and determines the lemental, isotopic, or molecular composition of the surface. Another is the Auger Electron Spectrometer which analyzes the surface composition of a material. Meanwhile, the Focused Ion Bea-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope is used to expose defects in the Integrated Circuit. On the other hand, the Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive X-ray is a high resolution imaging tool that can perform elemental analysis or chemical characterization of a sample. The facility is expected to boost the industry?s competitiveness in the world market as it will improve the quality and enhance the productivity of local semiconductor firms and increase the number of research and development initiatives to produce more innovative products for global consumption. According to DOST secretary Mario Montejo, ?Admatel is envisioned to level up our competitiveness in the sector that has been a consistent winner and lifeblood of our exports.? Presently, the Philippines captures only 10 percent of the total world semiconductor market which earned $30 billion in 2011. The local semiconductor industry is involved mainly in the assembly of products such as integrated circuits, chips, rectifiers, capacitors, and resistors among others, but has not gone into more value-adding activities such as design and manufacturing. ?All materials are imported and we only assemble the chips. With Admatel, we hope to encourage foreign companies and local talents to increase the local content of the industry, from design to prototyping to mass production,? Montejo added. Based on reports, the semiconductor industry contributes 71.37 percent of electronics exports and 61 percent of the country?s total exports in 2010. However, a study made by the Department of Trade & Industry?s Board of Investments showed that there are gaps in the supply chain in the electronics industry that need to be addressed by upgrading its research and development capabilities and putting up laboratories and testing facilities. Montejo said that with the establishment of Admatel, the country is now a step closer in moving up the electronics global value-chain. Aside from the newly inaugurated facility, Aquino announced that the DOST is working on the Philippine Product Development Center that will open next year, which will improve the industry?s testing and prototyping capabilities. This is in addition to the Philippine Microelectronics Center that will be opened later this year in cooperation with several universities. The facility aims to train engineers in integrated circuit design, simulation, and lay outing, he said. ? PIA, PNA]]>

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