Taiwan sets up nanotech consortium

The Nano Device Consortium aim to bridge the gap between research institutes and the private sector to drive advancement in nanotechnology for Taiwan.

Taiwan's National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) has launched the Nano Device Consortium, which aims to connect academics and industry partners to drive advancement in nanotechnology for the country.

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In a Central News Agency report on Tuesday, NARL Vice President Chyi Jen-inn said: "The Nano Device Consortium can serve as an innovation bridge between industry and academia, narrowing the gap between the two."

Speaking at the launch of the consortium, Jen-inn noted that while Taiwan was already good at producing nanotechnology materials used in semiconductor manufacturing, further advances can be made in the field.

Jack Sun, vice president of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, hopes the consortium will help nurture and grow the local talent pool, which the market lacks.

The consortium will be based in Hsinchu, Taiwan, where it will share facilities with the NARL's National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL).

In the report, Ho Chia-hua, researcher and factory director at NDL, said more research and development activities will be conducted in nanotechnology using new elements, such as germanium or other compounds, to create a scale of 10 nanometers or smaller.

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