Mimos to Widen Scope of
FabGovernment-funded research and development institute,
Mimos, is expanding the scope of its homegrown fab from a pure foundry
play to an integrated design and manufacturing operation.
will help develop the local electronics industry by making available chip
design, fabrication, testing and failure analysis services," said Mimos
president and CEO, Tengku Azzman Shariffadeen.
The completion of
the RM453 million (US$119 million) wafer fabrication facility, Fab 2, in
August this year was the final link in the design and manufacturing
center. An estimated RM1 billion of government funds was ploughed into its
set up, which also included a RM200 million investment in Fab 1, an
The center will allow Mimos to share its expertise in
process technology, clean room design and construction, and equipment
selection with interested parties, Azzman said.
With the completion of the design and manufacturing
center, Mimos is now able bring its locally developed 16-bit Reduced
Instruction Set Computing (RISC) embedded chip, Pesona, into commercial
"Pesona is only one of a number of IP cores that we
have developed, and we will continue to develop others," said Azzman.
"Using these cores as modules, we would be able to offer a wide range of
products with different features. By this means we can offer competitive
chip solutions through the ASIC route." He added that the new center will
initially concentrate on producing digital logic ASICs before venturing
into the manufacture of analog and mixed-signal ASICs in 2005.
2 is the first Malaysian-owned plant to produce Pesona in eight-inch
diameter wafers," he said. Pesona will go into commercial production by
the first quarter of 2003. Available in 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-bit versions,
it will be used in embedded applications where it is likely to have a
greater market potential.
"The chip is suitable for remote
monitoring, industrial robotics, home appliances, home security, switching
equipment, digital set-top boxes and other control units," said
Other IC products from Mimos include microcontrollers,
encryption processor, discreet logic ICs and ASICs. It also provides
integrated chip designs to companies.
(December 2002 Issue, Nikkei Electronics Asia)
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