AKM consigns chip test equipment to ChipMOS’ ThaiLin under new service agreement

November 22, 2011 – PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall — ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Bermuda) LTD. (Nasdaq:IMOS) subsidiary ThaiLin Semiconductor Corp. will take on dedicated semiconductor testing capacity for a new long-term service agreement with its client Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM).

Under the new agreement, AKM will consign to ThaiLin certain sets of mixed-signal tester equipment, which ThaiLin will use as dedicated capacity to test AKM devices. This will allow ThaiLin to provide a critical testing facility without capex investment, noted S.J. Cheng, Chairman and CEO of ChipMOS.

The companies have worked together since 1999.

Hideki Kobori, president of Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation, commented that the new agreement follows AKM’s geographic diversification strategy following Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami off Sendai. AKM is fortifying its supply chain with a long-term partner, ensuring quality control, Kobori said.

The new business will give ChipMOS access to wafer level chip scale packaging (WLCSP) technology, which helps it penetrate the smartphone/tablet device manufacturing market, said Cheng. ChipMOS also is building its LCD driver business for this end-use sector.

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) is the core operating company for all electronics devices operations of the Asahi Kasei Group. AKM provides mixed-signal ICs for consumer, automotive, and communication applications as well as magnetic sensors. Learn more at www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/akm/en/.

ChipMOS is an independent provider of semiconductor testing and assembly services to customers in Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S. Learn more at www.chipmos.com.

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