Semiconductor Collaboration Recognized For Successful Public Private Partnership

The award recognizes the efforts of an R&D collaboration to research and develop innovative integrated electronics systems.

AsianScientist (Nov. 1, 2016) – Scientists from Tohoku University, Tokyo Electron Limited and Keysight Technologies Inc. have been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Contribution to Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration in Japan. The cabinet office of the Japanese government has played a central role in identifying and honoring successful cases of academic-industry-government collaboration since 2003.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements or pioneering efforts in industry-academia-government collaboration, especially by leaders in businesses, academia and public research institutions.

The collaboration brought together the expertise of Tohoku University’s Professor Tetsuo Endoh, Tokyo Electron Limited’s Mr. Chung Gishi and Keysight Technologies Inc.’s Mr. Masaki Yamamoto to research and develop innovative integrated electronics systems.

For his part in the joint effort, Endoh has helped establish an R&D hub for advanced integrated circuits at Tohoku University. As a financially independent and self-sustainable operation, the CIES consortium provides a successful example for R&D management in universities.

World class manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment, Tokyo Electron Limited, led by Senior Vice President Chung Gishi, was acknowledged for its part in developing equipment for manufacturing spin transfer torque magnetic RAM, or STT-MRAM.

Similarly, Keysight Technologies, spearheaded by Mr. Masaki Yamamoto, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division, has developed equipment to evaluate STT-RAM. Both companies have launched sales of the equipment, a move which forecasts STT-RAM as the future of high performance, non-volatile memory. This will make manufacturing the technology possible on a global scale.


Source: Tohoku University; Photo: Shutterstock.
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