The Sarawak state government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Melexis Technologya Belgium-based global micro-electronic semiconductor solutions provider that will pave the way for the state produce its own integrated chips (IC). Among others, the MoU involves cooperation in IC design and semiconductor talent development in the state under the Sarawak Innovation and Talent Development Program.
As national news agency Bernama reported, the MoU was launched at a ceremony in Tessenderlo, Belgium, yesterday (July 26, 2022). It was signed by the Sarawak Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development together with Melexis Technology and in the presence of the Prime Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Melexis Technology is already part of the existing XFab chip foundry in the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone in Sarawak, producing chips for a wide range of applications, including in automobiles. Abang Johari asserted that the collaboration is important and will enable the state to benefit from the development of the chip design that may come from Sarawak in the future.
The Sarawak Prime Minister also stressed that talent development is important to nurture a strong research and development (R&D) climate in chip design technology in the state. Additionally, he said the collaboration would also complement the proposed development of autonomous hydrogen-powered public transportation in the state.
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