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Applied Materials and A*STAR Announce New R&D Joint Lab in Singapore for Advanced Semiconductor Technology

SINGAPORE, October 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

New S$150 million joint investment is expected to create 60 jobs for highly skilled scientists, engineers and researchers.

Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it plans to establish a new R&D laboratory in Singapore in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The S$150 million joint investment will focus on developing advanced semiconductor technology to fabricate future generations of logic and memory chips.

The S$150 million joint lab will be housed within A*STAR's new R&D cluster at Fusionopolis Two and will feature a 400 square meter Class 1 cleanroom with state-of-the-art semiconductor process equipment that has been custom designed and built by Applied Materials. The facility will be staffed by 60 highly skilled researchers and scientists, working together with extended research teams at A*STAR's other research institutes.

The joint lab combines Applied Materials' leading expertise in materials engineering with A*STAR's multi-disciplinary R&D capabilities. A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), and Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) will contribute to research in low-defect processing, ultra-thin film materials, materials analysis and characterisation, and modelling and simulation in many areas. The joint lab is also supported by The Singapore Economic Development Board, and is in line with its efforts to promote leading-edge R&D and advanced manufacturing activities. The intention is for products developed by the joint lab to be manufactured by Applied Materials in Singapore. In addition, Applied Materials plans to conduct experiments on the synchrotron at the Singapore Synchrotron Light Source (SSLS) and work with the National University of Singapore where a new beamline for semiconductor applications is to be developed. Funding for the construction of the new beamline is supported by the National Research Foundation.

Mr. Gary Dickerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Materials, Inc., said, "A*STAR and the government of Singapore have been great R&D partners for Applied Materials. We are excited to expand our collaboration to develop advanced semiconductor technology for extending Moore's Law. Applied Materials' leading expertise in materials engineering can help solve the challenges of producing future generations of logic and memory chips."

Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman, A*STAR, said, "This collaboration...