Research and development (focusing on frontier technology research services and applications)
The TSRI provides industry and academic sectors in Taiwan with suitable and complete technical services for vertically integrated verification research on chip design and device fabrication. Specifically, it adheres to government science and technology policies, continuing to integrate research resources in Southern and Northern Taiwan, collaborating extensively with top universities (e.g., National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Cheng Kung University), developing regional technology applications, and translating service-oriented research and development outcomes into a complete fabrication service package.
Northern and Central Taiwan
The TSRI develops photonic, GaN, and MRAM fabrication services and is committed to the development of small circuit verification platforms for related applications. The institute will collaborate with the Instrument Technology Research Center and semiconductor equipment suppliers to develop the equipment required for semiconductor manufacturing and provide related components and consumable verification services. Moreover, it also assists semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan in verifying product protocols and evaluating early-stage technology for next-gen device development as well as reduces the investment risk of manufacturers when tapping into new materials and new structural research areas. Regarding chip system design, the institute will collaborate with the semiconductor moonshot project and flagship project and develop design techniques and platforms for AI chips, Internet of Things (IoT) systems and security, unmanned vehicles, augmented reality and virtual reality technologies, green energy electronics, and smart machines. In addition, the merging of the CIC and NDL will facilitate the provision of a unique fabrication process, which combines a standard CMOS fabrication process (developed by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and United Microelectronics Corporation) with new materials and postprocesses of the TSRI. Thus, the design and fabrication processes of next-gen memory devices, sensor circuits, and sensor systems can be provided to expand the scope of academic research and development and boost the international competitiveness of our academic sector.
In line with industry clusters and research consortiums in Central and Southern Taiwan, the TSRI develops heterogeneous integration devices, microelectromechanical sensing devices, IoT wearable devices, Internet of Vehicles, and other production technology applications to strengthen the links between academic research outcomes and industry production technologies.
Service (establishing a customer-oriented innovative mode of operation)
Targeting the development needs of the semiconductor industry, the TSRI forms partnerships with research consortiums from industry, academic, and research sectors to conduct research and development concerning shared technologies. Thus, research consortiums in Taiwan can be provided with an integrated semiconductor fabrication service platform for integrated device fabrication and product application (this platform is an upgraded version of the original fabrication service in which semiconductor fabrication modules and materials and other equipment are provided for use in fabrication processes). The institute collaborates with different university’s research consortiums to develop frontier semiconductor nano devices, thereby completing fabrication service platform technologies that are needed by industry, academic, and research sectors in Taiwan to conduct more advanced nano device research. Regarding chip design and services, the institute will offer design platforms and technical services for AI chips, IoT systems and security, unmanned vehicles, augmented reality and virtual reality technologies, green energy electronics, and smart machines.
The TSRI establishes a mechanism to forge stronger ties with industry and academic sectors, implements a user satisfaction survey and improvement mechanisms, and regularly receives and considers suggestions when setting up service platforms and planning future research directions.
Additionally, the TSRI establishes a value creation platform, which adopts an open innovation model to identify potential projects and actively convert TSRI project outcomes and academic research outcomes into commercializble technologies or products through collaboration.
Talent cultivation (fostering high-tech elites)
Driven by research, development, and services, the TSRI strengthens its practical courses and engages in frontier nano device research to adhere to the practices of the domestic semiconductor industry, bridge the gap between learning and application, and effectively train high-caliber researchers for work in the semiconductor industry.
The TSRI taps into frontier research on new semiconductor technologies. Through industry–academia collaboration, the institute remains informed regarding the practical skills required in the semiconductor industry and fosters high-caliber research talent required by the industry, thereby increasing the value of national laboratories.
By collaborating with professors and research consortiums at prestigious universities, the TSRI introduces students at the master’s and PhD levels to areas of nano device research. International semiconductor forums and conferences as well as short-term workshops and training courses are organized to hone the semiconductor fabrication skills of students and in-service learners. In addition, TSRI facilities are made available to learners to improve their semiconductor fabrication skills.
The TSRI expands the scale of its innovation industry–academia consortium by guiding professors and industrial operators to collaborate in using the TSRI’s core technologies and develop technologies and products for future application in semiconductor production. The ultimate goals of the TSRI are to bridge the gap between learning and application, increase the capacity of semiconductor industries in Taiwan, and boost the domestic economy.