Published on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:44
31 December 2012, Kulim, Malaysia
Aspion Sdn Bhd (Aspion) has agreed to set up their new medical device facility in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP). Aspion, a company related to Adventa Bhd, the latter of which is listed on Bursa Saham, will lease a 51.74-acre land space in Phase 3 of the Industrial Zone from Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC). The company will produce the Automated Peritoneal Dialysis machines, as well as surgical gloves of which Adventa has established itself as one of the world’s largest suppliers of these range of products.
Aspion will invest between RM300 – RM400 million to set up its manufacturing and R&D facilities in the park. Construction is scheduled to begin in Q12013.
In a signing ceremony held in Kulim today, Mr Muhamad Sobri Osman, President, signed for the company, while Mr Low Chin Guan, its Director and CEO, signed for Aspion. The Honourable Dato’ Hj Ir. Amiruddin Hamzah, Chairman of the Kedah State Executive Committee for Industry and Investment, and Chairman of KTPC, witnessed the signings.
Published on Friday, 12 October 2012 15:21
Kulim, Malaysia, Oct 12, 2012 – SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysian home grown leading semiconductor wafer foundry, officially announced the production release of 0.18-micron embedded Flash technology, dubbed C18E. SilTerra has licensed SuperFlash © technology from Silicon Storage Technology Inc (SST), a leader in Flash memory technology, to co-develop and qualify the C18E embedded Flash memory technology to address the expanding microcontroller, RFID and smartcard markets. The technology is fully qualified to meet the industry recognized JEDEC standard.
The C18E technology is built on SilTerra’s proven 0.18-micron CMOS foundry matched technology together with SST’s proven split gate embedded SuperFlash technology. In addition, the C18E technology is capable of being integrated with RFCMOS and Mixed-Signal device modules to create highly programmable system-on-chip solutions.
The C18E technology with SST’s SuperFlash memory macro has been completely silicon characterized and it has also successfully demonstrated 10 years Data Retention and 100 thousand endurance cycles capability.
“I am delighted that with the production release of SST’s SuperFlash embedded Flash technology on Silterra’s proven 0.18um platform, SilTerra is now able to serve the fast-growing flash-enabled applications such as micro-controller, smartcard, RFID, touch controller across broader customer base. We thank SST team for their great support to transfer their SuperFlash technology to SilTerra, and look forward to grow our mutual businesses together.” said Yit Loong Lai, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing of SilTerra.
With this achievement, SilTerra is well positioned to offer full suite of non-volatile memory solutions from OTP (One-Time-Programming), to MTP (Multiple-Time-Programming) and now embedded Flash. Moving forward, SilTerra will explore partnership with SST to expand its embedded Flash technology in BCD technology and future advanced nodes.
About SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd:
SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra’s wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, Taiwan, Korea and China.
Environmentally vigilant, SilTerra delivers award-winning, world-class performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity, custom technologies, competitive advantages and around the clock customer support. SilTerra is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified. Starting commercial production in 2001, the company’s headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia’s Kulim High-Tech Park, with sales and marketing offices in San Jose (California) and Hsinchu (Taiwan).
For additional information on SilTerra or its services, please visit www.silterra.com
SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd Contact
Koh Meng Kong
Lu Ping Chiang
Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:42
Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) recently announced that they would open 2 new campuses in Malaysia, one of which is in Kulim Hi-Tech Park. Its Vice Chancelor, Prof. Datuk Dr Kamaruddin Hussin, said that UniMAP is currently discussing with Kulim Technology Park Corporation to acquire a piece of land for building its university branch campus.
He added that the proposed UniMAP Kulim Hi-Tech Park campus will replace its current temporary campus at KHTP Business Centre, the latter of which was inaugurated on 2 February 2010. Initially, 100 staff would be placed at this new branch campus. Prof Datuk Dr Kamaruddin reiterated that one of UniMAP’s objectives is to produce graduates that employable by the industry in Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
Published on Monday, 25 June 2012 14:52
NEW YORK - Shares of solar panel makers rose Friday after Citibank suggested worldwide demand for panels is rising and First Solar received approval to restart construction of a solar farm in Northern Los Angeles County.
Citibank analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote in a research note to investors that demand for renewable energy may have reached a low point and is ready to turn up as prices for renewable power gets closer to the price of power from traditional sources.
Shares of First Solar, which manufactures panels and builds solar energy projects, were propelled even higher by the company's announcement that it had reached a deal with Los Angeles County officials to resume construction of a solar farm that had been held up by a safety certification problem. Investors worried that the project's cost could rise if First Solar was forced to retrofit its modules, according to Rob Stone, an analyst at Cowen Group.
First Solar Inc. shares rose 9 percent.
Solar panel manufacturers have seen their profits and share prices collapse in recent months because a glut of solar panels on the global market has reduced panel prices. A large increase in manufacturing capacity became available just as subsidies for renewable energy were falling in Europe, which is by far the world's biggest market for solar technology.
But the drop in panel prices has made solar power less expensive, and more attractive to homeowners and utilities. U.S. Solar installations surged 85 percent in the first quarter of this year as prices have dropped 47 percent. Last year solar installations more than doubled compared with 2010.
Citi's Arcuri said the global oversupply of panels is still a problem, but "a tipping point in solar is at hand." Japan is increasing subsidies for solar in an effort to move away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. U.S. installations remain strong. And Arcuri said new pockets of demand are developing around the world in places where solar can compete without subsidies, such as Bahrain, Jordan, Chile, Ukraine, Serbia and Puerto Rico.
Cowen's Stone urges caution, however. He does not yet recommend solar for long-term investors because he believes it will still be "a few more quarters" before solar panel makers can adjust to new lower prices.
He expects the share prices of solar panel makers to remain very sensitive to news, and routinely make sharp moves — up or down.
"For a long-term investor, it may be less trouble on the stomach to not hold the (solar) names for a while," Stone said.
In afternoon trading Canadian Solar Inc. rose 6.4 percent, Sunpower Corp. rose 6.1 percent and Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. rose 3.7 percent.