In July 2023, Singapore-based semiconductor start-up Silicon Box unveiled its USD 2 billion factory in Tampines, designed to manufacture semiconductor chiplet interconnections that can be applied in areas such as artificial intelligence, electric vehicles and wearables. With a size of 73,000 square meters, the factory has been touted as the world’s most advanced semiconductor factory, and is expected to create up to 1,200 roles ranging from engineers to digital experts, and will also provide upskilling opportunities, with support from the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Founded in 2021, Silicon Box’s proprietary chiplet-to-chiplet interconnection technology connects chiplets such that its clients can design flexibly with higher performance and lower energy consumption, making it more efficient and reducing costs by up to four times. This is expected to help reduce package sizes, improve electrical performance by more than 50%, and lower power consumption by over 40%, which will help industry partners take their products to the market faster.
The opening of Silicon Box’s factory is also expected to help boost Singapore’s position as a global leader in semiconductors. The country has built up leading positions over the years in various manufacturing sectors, including semiconductors, which make up more than 7% of Singapore’s gross domestic product. This comes at a time when the global market is expected to exceed US$1 trillion by 2030, double the current size, due to growth drivers such as digitalization and electrification.
(Sources: EDB, Channel News Asia)