The rapid development of technologies, including the fifth generation of mobile technology (5G) and electric cars, has contributed to an increasing demand for power semiconductors. Recognizing the development potential of the third generation of semiconductor materials, namely SiC and GaN, GlobalWafers Co. Ltd. has entered into a contract with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) to found a compound semiconductor research center jointly. The two parties collaborate on the research and development of the third generation of semiconductor materials, including but not limited to 6–8-inch SiC and GaN, hoping to accelerate the establishment of a compound semiconductor industry chain in Taiwan.
“NCTU is a leader of semiconductor research in Taiwan. It is a laboratory of NCTU where the first-ever silicon wafer in Taiwan was manufactured. The university, with the expertise of its alumni, has been able to conduct cutting-edge research and aims to become the world leader in three to five fields in the five to ten years to come, so as to achieve the goal of becoming a great university,” said Dr. Chen Sin-Horng, the acting president of NCTU. In this research center, the NCTU team will combine its expertise in cross-scale academic research with GlobalWafers’ unique manufacturing technology. With the integration of theory and practice, the two parties develop and innovate the manufacturing technology of silicon wafers for compound semiconductors to manufacture large-size, high-quality, and low-defect-rate wafers with high productivity.
Lu Ming-Kuang, the board director of Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. (the parent company of GlobalWafers), stated that “SiC and GaN are both promising semiconductor materials. The most critical factors in the applications of 5G, electric cars, high-power electricity generation, and high frequency.” He stressed that “countries worldwide have treated SiC as the raw material and technology for national strategic development. Taiwan should include developing third-generation semiconductors into its national technology policy and fully investing in the development. Jointly founding the compound semiconductor research center with NCTU is a critical starting point to the alliance between the two leaders in this field.”
GlobalWafers, with its long-term deployment of resources into compound semiconductor materials, has an excellent research and development team and critical patent technologies. The long history of NCTU in cutting-edge semiconductor research has contributed to its high technological capacity and abundance of research and development talent. Accordingly, the joint establishment of the compound semiconductor research center between the two can-through the industry-academic collaboration enlarge the research capacity, facilitate the quick adaptation of research and development results into industrial applications, increase the visibility of Taiwan’s compound semiconductor industry chain, and thus enhance Taiwan’s advantage as a world leader in the future.