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DOST’s Admatel facility to boost semicon industry

THE government is banking on a new facility targeted to be used by semiconductor and electronics manufacturing firms.

The electronics industry is expected to benefit “immensely” with this, according to Science Department Official Amelia P. Guevara.

Guevara spoke to reporters before President Aquino led the inauguration ceremonies for the P350-million, state-of-the-art Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory (Admatel) at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) compound in Bicutan, Taguig City.

“Without doubt, this facility will pull our semiconductors industry up the value chain, and move them closer to their target of becoming a $50-billion industry by 2016,” Mr. Aquino said on Friday.

Guevara, DOST undersecretary for research and development, said the industry is currently hobbled by the high cost of testing due to strict material analysis and reliability tests.

“Failure analysis, for example, is a complex process that involves up to a hundred steps or more,” she explained.

She said the industry spends annually anywhere from $10 million to $20 million to have their products tested abroad.

“Most of the semiconductor and electronics companies in the country usually depend with their products being tested by their parent companies or testing facilities abroad. A handful of big companies have limited local testing facilities,” Guevara added. Admatel is expected to provide testing equipment that will supplant the current practice of sending locally manufactured semiconductor and electronics products for testing abroad.

Dennis D. Estopace and Alladin S. Diega






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