City eyes sen­sor de­vel­op­ment “

Viet Nam News - - IT NEWS -

HCM CITY — HCM City au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing to pro­mote mi­cro elec­tro me­chan­i­cal sys­tems tech­nol­ogy, which plays an im­por­tant role in the fab­ri­ca­tion of sen­sors.

“The MEMS in­dus­try has tremen­dous po­ten­tial and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in HCM City,” Nguyeãn Thaønh Phong, chair­man of the city Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee, told the sec­ond an­nual MEMS Fo­rum yes­ter­day.

“The city plans to col­lab­o­rate with do­mes­tic and for­eign busi­nesses for in­vest­ment and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, es­pe­cially in de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing, pack­ag­ing, test­ing and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of MEMS prod­ucts.”

Ng Kai Fai, pres­i­dent of SEMI South­east Asia, called for pro­mot­ing the in­dus­try in Vieät Nam: “Vieät Nam should think about the sup­port­ing in­dus­try for MEMS be­cause build­ing a MEMS plant will re­quire a huge amount of money.

“The gov­ern­ment should fo­cus on the lo­cal mar­ket and fund com­pet­i­tive projects. In­vest­ing in hu­man re­sources is needed.

The coun­try has en­cour­aged for­eign en­ter­prises to in­vest, but it is time for the Gov­ern­ment to push lo­cal en­ter­prises to cre­ate a sup­ply chain for for­eign en­ter­prises in the MEMS sec­tor.” PHAÏM XUAÂN ÑAØ, MIN­ISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECH­NOL­OGY

“The Gov­ern­ment should pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion with over­seas part­ners [since] knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer are very im­por­tant.

“The coun­try has en­cour­aged for­eign en­ter­prises to in­vest, but it is time for the Gov­ern­ment to push lo­cal en­ter­prises to cre­ate a sup­ply chain for for­eign en­ter­prises in the MEMS sec­tor.”

Phaïm Xuaân Ñaø, head of the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of­fice in HCM City, said: “The min­istry is cre­at­ing a sup­port frame­work for MEMS.”

Thaân Troïng Phuùc of Vi­naCap­i­tal sug­gested the Gov­ern­ment should fo­cus on the ap­pli­ca­tion of MEMS and IoT to solve prac­ti­cal prob­lems.

“If we have spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions and a mar­ket, we can at­tract in­vestors.”

MEMS tech­nol­ogy plays an im­por­tant role in the fab­ri­ca­tion of sen­sors, which are a key el­e­ment of IoT. It cre­ates the foun­da­tion for mak­ing in­tel­li­gent prod­ucts on a mass scale with com­pact sizes, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity.

The sec­ond fo­rum, with the theme “grab the trend, nur­ture cre­ations”, sought to con­tinue the task of build­ing an MEMS eco-sys­tem in the city.

It was at­tended by many well- known ex­perts from Ja­pan, Korea, the Nether­lands, Malaysia, Spain, and Aus­tralia.

It of­fered sug­ges­tions for poli­cies for build­ing the MEMS in­dus­try eco-sys­tem, de­vel­op­ing qual­ity hu­man re­sources for the in­dus­try, com­mer­cial­is­ing MEMS prod­ucts from R&D ef­forts, and in­volv­ing ven­ture cap­i­tals in the de­vel­op­ment of the eco-sys­tem.

Del­e­gates said the MEMS mar­ket is large.

In 2016 there were 16 bil­lion MEMS prod­ucts and the in­dus­try is ex­pected to achieve turnover of US$20 bil­lion by 2020, they said.

The MEMS/sen­sors mar­ket is now driven by au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tions, but is ex­pand­ing to new in­dus­tries like smart homes, smart build­ings, health­care, of­fice and fac­tory man­age­ment, and en­vi­ron­ment con­trol, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts.

How­ever, there are also some chal­lenges. The in­dus­try needs to adapt its cost struc­ture, es­pe­cially for pack­ag­ing, and needs a com­plete func­tional or mod­ule ap­proach to help the in­te­gra­tor use the MEMS de­vice. — VNS

A view of the Dragon Wharf in HCM City. The MEMS in­dus­try has tremen­dous po­ten­tial and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo An Hieáu

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