Having worked together since 2007 in the form a business referral relationship, SVTC and TSMC are now partnering within an ‘Innovation Incubation Alliance’ that is intended to identify and foster companies with new technologies from development through to commercial production at TSMC. The Alliance is targeting areas such as micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), biochips and other devices incorporating new materials and novel structures.
"The partnership will seek out and work with 'More than Moore' customers whose ideas or products are based on silicon technologies, but may not necessarily scale with Moore's Law," commented Joseph Bronson, SVTC's CEO. "There are a number of promising applications that could inspire entire new industries, but many lack a clear path to commercialization and high-volume manufacturing," said Bronson. "Our technology commercialization agreement with TSMC will enable the world's most promising innovators to develop new products and to bring the best of these new devices into volume production."
Companies are expected to utilize SVTC for development and commercialization of new technologies but when volumes reach a certain level SVTC would transfer the customers' processes to TSMC for volume manufacturing. SVTC and TSMC will co-market the services emerging from the new agreement.
"TSMC has a strong tradition of working with innovators to develop applications that change the technology landscape,” noted C.C. Wei, TSMC senior vice president, Mainstream Technology Business. “Our relationship with SVTC creates a highly effective path to bring innovative products built on mainstream process technologies to market quickly."