Sarawak to cooperate with Belgium’s Melexis Technology to design and produce chips

Abang Johari (standing, fifth left) witness the exchange of MoU documents between Sarawak and Melexis Technology of Belgium on July 26, 2022.

KUCHING, July 27: Sarawak has inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Belgium-based global supplier of micro-electronic semiconductor solutions paving the way for collaboration in integrated chips (IC) design for chips produced in Sarawak.

The MoU signing between the Ministry of Education and Innovation and Talent Development (MEITD) and Melexis Technology was witnessed by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who arrived at Tessenderlo, Belgium yesterday afternoon on a week-long working visit to Europe and the United Kingdom.

As a chip designer and solutions provider, Melexis Technology has been part of the existing XFab chips foundry at the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone that produces chips for use in wide-ranging applications, including in automobiles.

The scope of the (MoU) includes co-operation in IC design and semi-conductor talent development in Sarawak as part of the state’s innovation and talent development programme.

The Premier in his brief address before the signing expressed his belief that climate change and the phasing out of combustion engines in automobiles would see migration of chip designs to conform to the new needs of the energy transition market.

The collaboration was therefore important and it is a step in the right direction to enable Sarawak and the world at large to benefit from chip design development that might originate from Sarawak in the future.

“Sarawak is looking forwards toward this collaboration not only to benefit both Sarawak and Melexis, but also the world,” he told the audience that included members of board of directors of Melexis, and Sarawak ministers and deputy ministers.

He added that talent development was also important in order to nurture a robust research and development (R&D) climate in chips design technology in Sarawak.

He said as Sarawak, particularly Kuching, turns towards the development of an Autonomous Rapid Transit ( ART) powered by hydrogen, R&D would undoubtedly become a main feature of the new form of public transport.

Earlier, Melexis Technology chairwoman Françoise Chombar spoke to welcome the Premier and members of his delegation.

Among those present were Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn and his deputies, Datuk Francis Hardin and Dr Annuar Rapaee.

Also present was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of Mission of Malaysia to European Union Dato’ Ahmad Rozian Abd Ghani

Later, the Premier and his delegation proceeded to Port of Antwerp-Bruges where another MoU will be signed for the proposed development of a new port in Kuching. — DayakDaily