Taiwan sets up nanotech consortium

Taiwan sets up nanotech consortium

Summary: 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.


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.

Topics: Hardware, Emerging Tech

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  • Taiwan sets up nanotech consortium

    a very prescient move. since the cost of developing current and future technology is prohibitively expensive for any company to shoulder, consortium is the only logical way to go. academia is always the best source of brain power, kids with their fresh minds are not hampered by years of exposure to old techniques and preconceived notions of doing things.
    • fascinating Taiwan

      After years of working in various industries, I am still fascinated by how fast moving innovation provides opportunities for young countries to find their place the world economy and how it forces corporate cultures to adapt to new generation ways of thinking.

      Neither all opportunities are seized nor those adaptation are fast enough, but the direction and pace seem better and faster than in more traditional industries.

      I guess that beyond the new possibilities technology offers, there are clear social benefits we could be proud of.
      Agnès Meyer