In Europe they have IMEC, which assists startups in developing their technology for mass production by Taiwan manufacturing giants, and now the U.S. has a similar set-up at SVTC. Look for fabless chip makers, especially of MEMS chips, to immediately start fast-tracking their best designs. R.C.J.
A new industry alliance will seek to speed the introduction of new chip design and manufacturing advances. The Innovation Incubation Alliance is being formed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. and SVTC Technologies (San Jose, Calif.). The joint effort builds on an earlier alliance designed to accelerate new ideas in chip design and manufacturing. The new alliance follows the formation of a similar venture earlier this month between TSMC and the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC of Leuven, Belgium).