Aquino inaugurates semiconductor testing facility in Taguig

May 31, 2013 10:07 pm 

MANILA, May 31 — President Benigno S. Aquino III inaugurated Friday the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL) at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) compound in Bicutan, Taguig, pledging government’s full support to the country’s semiconductor industry.

In his message during the inauguration, the President said the newly opened facility will pull the country’s semiconductors industry up the value chain, moving it closer to becoming a 50-billion dollar industry by 2016.

“To fast track this growth, we need to become the country that not only has the capacity to build semiconductors—and build them well at that—but that which has the capacity to design, and test them here,” the President said.

“And I can promise you: you have a government committed to helping you do just that,” he added.

The President said his administration always believed in the inherent skill and talent of the Filipino people, and given every opportunity available, he said the country must capitalize on those talents to help upgrade local jobs.

But this can’t happen overnight, he said adding that if the country puts a premium on innovation, dreams big, does better, and enriches local talents, it’s only a matter of time before overall progress is attained.

“So I encourage all those who will be working on this facility, or working with it: Keep working at it every day. Persevere and improve,” he said, noting that the progress of Philippine technology lies in the talents of these people.

Aside from the newly inaugurated facility, the President 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.

Officials of the Semiconductor Electronics Industry of the Philippines welcomed ADMATEL’s opening hoping that that facility would help the country gain bigger slice of the world market for semiconductors.

The laboratory houses state-of-the-art facilities for failure analysis and advanced materials characterization which are vital steps in detecting defects and checking the reliability of the electronic device components coming out from production line.

Currently, local semiconductor firms send their samples abroad for testing, spending around $ 9 million to $ 18 million each year for material testing alone.

With the ADMATEL’s operation, testing cost could drop significantly and this will also reduce the turnaround time from one month to just four days.

At present, the Philippines only captures 10 percent of the total world semiconductor market earning $ 30 billion in 2011. The country’s semiconductor industry mainly assembles integrated circuits, chips, rectifiers, capacitors, and resistors.

Based on government figures, the semiconductor industry contributes 71.3 percent of electronics exports and 61 percent of the country’s total exports in 2010. (PNA)

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