The electronics industry has played a pivotal role in Singapore's economic development, with the semiconductor sector being a key pillar to the industry's progress.
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From wearable technology capable of measuring heartbeats, to smartphones and tablets being able to double up as communication portals and digital concierges – the use of electronic devices has helped improve our lives thanks to quantum leaps in semiconductor technology. Propelled by this explosive growth of digital technology through the Internet of Things (IoT), Singapore's electronics industry is entering an exhilarating phase of growth, which promises to drive demand for new classes of electronic devices in both the consumer and industrial space over the next decade.
Today, Singapore is home to four 12-inch wafer fabrication plants, 20 semiconductor assembly and test operations including four of the world’s top seven semiconductor assembly and test companies, as well as nine out of the world’s top 15 fabless semiconductor companies.
Leading global power and communication semiconductor companies such as Infineon, Intel, Lantiq, Linear, Maxim Integrated, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Realtek and Silicon Labs have significant IC design operations in Singapore. These companies value Singapore's expertise in IC design, and many work closely with the wafer foundries to support innovation and shorten the lead time for new product tape-outs.
In addition, to support Singapore’s focus in expanding the talent pool in IC design, the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Nanyang Technological University launched VIRTUS, a S$50 million jointly-funded IC Design Centre of Excellence.
Singapore is positioning itself to capture market demand for specialty ICs such as those used in power, communications and sensor technologies, which will find their way into automotive, mobile and IoT applications. Hence, the semiconductor industry expects to have an increase in the number of positions in IC Design and IC Design Product & Test Engineering in Singapore’s base of semiconductor companies.
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