University to advance NSW semiconductor capacity
Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Alister Henskens said the semiconductor sector had been identified as a local strength in NSW’s recently released 20-year R&D roadmap and offered a unique opportunity for the growth of our economy.
“From computers and smartphones to military communications and medical devices, semiconductors, also known as ‘chips’, power the technological devices we use every day and are essential to many global supply chains,” said Mr. Henskens.
“The semiconductor industry has been an engine for economic growth over the past 60 years and the S3B represents a tremendous opportunity to ensure a brighter future for NSW by accelerating our participation in the global semiconductor market.”
NSW’s chief scientist and engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, said NSW has a clear competitive advantage when it comes to semiconductors as most Australian companies are already based here
“Each of the institutions that make up this consortium has a long history of innovation within the sector, working closely with Australian leaders in semiconductor technology and large global companies,” said Professor Durrant-Whyte, who is also a member of the Faculty of Engineering at the university affiliated.
How the University of Sydney will contribute
S3B will leverage the University of Sydney’s nanofabrication expertise and facilities to facilitate the expansion of NSW’s capabilities in this area.
Professor Simon Ringer, Director of Core Research Facilities at the University of Sydney, said: “By building world-class research facilities, Sydney is positioning itself as the partner of choice for government and industry.”
“I’m happy for the Research Prototype Foundry team and recognize their tremendous effort to get us to this point. I am particularly looking forward to seeing how S3B offers a new dimension in nanofabrication for researchers and industry in NSW and beyond.”
dr Omid Kavehei of the Sydney Nanoscience Institute and School of Biomedical Engineering said: “Microelectronics design, fabrication and packaging expertise within core research institutions and faculties has great potential to support the S3B initiative’s goal of building sovereign capability and high-tech -Generate talent -Pool for the growth of this strategically important sector.”
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