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Samco to build third R&D facility


850m2 facility will meet surging demand for innovative compound semiconductor equipment

Samco has unveiled plans to establish a third compound semiconductor R&D facility near its headquarters in Kyoto, Japan.

The new building, with a total floor space of approximately 850m2, will encompass two floors, a class 1000 clean room, dedicated office spaces, and storage facilities. It is designed to accommodate an additional 20 to 30 personnel.

With burgeoning market requirements in SiC power devices, GaN power/RF devices, GaAs VCSELs, MEMS, and high-frequency filters, Samco says it is seeing increasing customer demand for both production and R&D equipment tailored to compound semiconductors.

Simultaneously, Samco hopes to amplify sales of cluster tool systems, such as its Cluster H cluster tool system released in 2021.

"With the surge in demand for advanced semiconductor solutions, the establishment of our third R&D facility represents a pivotal moment for Samco," said Tsukasa Kawabe, president and COO at Samco Inc.

"This strategic expansion will empower us to intensify our research endeavours and drive innovation, ensuring that we continue to deliver cutting-edge technologies that redefine industry standards."

Once the third R&D facility is open, the current R&D centre will retain its existing equipment and facilities, and be repurposed as a training centre for product support and service training. Furthermore, the company plans to use it as a focal point for industry-academia collaboration.

The construction of the third R&D facility is expected to start in May 2024 and to be completed by December 2024.

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