On May 20, 2020, President Tsai Ing-wen declared in her inaugural address that information and digital industries are one of Taiwan’s six core strategic industries, and that Taiwan must take advantage of its strength in the semiconductor and ICT industries to secure a central role in global supply chains. Moreover, she vowed to develop biotechnology and medical technology industries, allowing them to connect to the rest of the world. Subsequently, Minister of Science and Technology Wu Tsung-tsong proposed six priority areas for development in Vision for 2030, including generation Å semiconductors, biotech and medical industries, and precision medicine. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Tainan Base of the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute is officially open today (December 17)—as a joint effort between the National Applied Research Laboratories and the National Cheng Kung University—to deepen the local academic research capacity, assist industrial development, and cultivate high-level human resources in semiconductors, nanomaterials, and biotech and medical materials in southern Taiwan.
The Tainan Base of the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute is located on Li-Hsing Campus of National Cheng Kung University. Its buildings were provided by the University and renovated and expanded by the Institute. It is shortlisted for the green building silver rating, and is an example of a low-carbon green-energy industry–academia collaboration platform in line with the Green Energy Industry Promotion Program under the 5+2 Industrial Transformation Plan. The site is nearly 1000 ping (1 ping = 3.306 m2) in size. The main building is the Semiconductor Research Building, which has four stories aboveground and one story below ground, and is equipped with a 200-ping high-end clean room that is up to par with industry standards. Specifically, it qualifies for Class 10 of the United States Federal Standard 209, the equivalent of ISO Class 4 of the ISO 14644 standards. The building is also equipped with a 35-ping testing laboratory for core biophotonic equipment.
In the future, the National Applied Research Laboratories and National Cheng Kung University will work together for the integration of national resources to provide southern Taiwan with technical know-how and services for the development of visionary and foresightful technology. In essence, they will act as a service platform for technologies such as heterogeneous integration packaging, CMOS sensor and high-voltage chips, microelectromechanical sensors, advanced biosensor chips, and wireless sensing chip integration. Moreover, the Tainan Base will join forces with the Hsinchu headquarters of the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute in the development of semiconductor manufacturing process and applied research for the fields of the Internet of things, biomedicine, and biosensors.
Concurrently, the Tainan Base will assist schools in southern Taiwan in the implementation of industrial projects to cultivate talent by allowing students to accumulate practical experiences that can help them quickly adapt to the industry. The collaboration with the Hsinchu headquarters in the north will certainly cultivate more high-level talent for the country.