Diploma in Microelectronics

Course is applicable only for AY2018 intake and earlier

Want to know why Singapore is nicknamed “Silicon Island of the East” and what this means to you in terms of career prospects and opportunities?  Our Diploma in Microelectronics will help you to answer this important question!

Microelectronics is about the design and fabrication of extremely tiny circuits or gadgets in the form of integrated circuits(IC), micro-sensors, and micro-devices such as microprocessors, flash memory drives, SD cards, SIM cards, and surgical micro-robots, just to name a few.  This technology empowers most of today’s cutting-edge smart devices such as tablets, mobile phones and HD TVs and they push the boundaries of exciting mobile apps and games.

In this course, you will enrol through either the Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) Programme or Common Engineering Programme (CEP) and go through a common first year, during which you get a strong foundation in Electronics and Microelectronics. From your second year onwards, you will specialise in Microelectronics and enjoy the privilege of using our comprehensive IC manufacturing facilities such as our Class 100 Cleanroom, industrial grade IC Design Software and IC Test Systems.  You will be equipped with specialised knowledge and skills that will give you a distinct advantage when you pursue exciting careers in the Microelectronics field in Singapore, which is home to more than 50 semiconductor companies.

Join the Diploma in Microelectronics and take up the challenging role of facilitating the invention of the next generation of smart devices! 

 I would like to thank Temasek Polytechnic for your continued support throughout the years, in equipping your Microelectronics students well with the basic knowledge and skills needed for the semiconductor industries. TP graduates are confident and ready to meet the challenges ahead of them in these fast and dynamic industries.
—  Mdm Toh Geok Tin
     Senior Layout Design Manager
     Marvell Asia Pte Ltd
Pepare for a career in the Microelectronics field in the semiconductor industries


Notable Features

  • This course is supported by comprehensive semiconductor facilities (Class 100 Cleanroom as well as Vacuum Training, IC Design, IC Testing and IC Failure Analysis Labs) to equip you with specialised knowledge and skills in IC Design, Wafer Fabrication and IC Assembly & Testing, the three pillars of the lucrative semiconductor industries.
  • The comprehensive training you receive will enable you to enjoy diverse career prospects, covering IC design, process engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing, as well as equipment engineering. 
  • You will have opportunities to be exposed to challenging R&D projects through structured student internship and enjoy the privilege of being coached by a team of qualified research scientists from our Temasek Microelectronics Centre – a priceless experience if you intend to embark on careers as an R&D Engineer or Researcher.

Career Prospects

Microelectronics involves the design, fabrication and testing of integrated circuit chips which are used extensively in computers, telecommunication equipment, audio-visual products, space equipment and other electronic products that are so much a part of our lives today. The government has earmarked wafer fabrication as a key part of its long-term industrial strategy.

Hence, Microelectronics diploma holders will be in great demand as they are fully proficient in the use of basic electronics and microelectronics-related equipment, computers systems, and analogue and digital systems.

As the semiconductor industry is one of the fastest expanding industries in Singapore, graduates trained in the microelectronics and electronics field will be highly sought after. They may look forward to jobs in various semiconductor and electronics-related companies as technological professionals such as:

  • Wafer Fabrication Specialists
  • Integrated Circuit Chip Layout Designers
  • Associate Engineers (product engineering, assembly and testing)
  • Semiconductor Equipment Sales Engineers
  • Buyers / Procurement Officers

Further Education

You can gain admission into a wide range of degree programmes at local universities such as NUS, NTU, SMU, UniSIM, SUTD and SIT, as well as overseas universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Advance standing for specific modules, or up to 2 years exemption may be given depending on the relevance of the degree programme.

To find out what degrees you can pursue and the advanced standing granted by the various universities, please click this link to access Our "Diploma to Degree Pathfinder" for guidance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any one of the listed subjects^ Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

Note: Applicants should not be suffering from complete colour vision deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy, profound hearing loss or severe vision impairment.

* SPM / UEC holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the Bahasa Inggeris (English Language) subject.

^ List of acceptable subjects: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Design & Technology, Fundamentals of Electronics, Physical Science, Physics/Engineering Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry).

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Fundamentals Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. 


In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms.


In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.


This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.


This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility. 


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.


You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.


This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.


Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.


This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.


The on-the-job training nature of the programme allows you to gain some industrial experience. Through this programme, you will be exposed to the work environment so that you can better appreciate and understand the problems and issues at the work place. The content and scope of learning varies from organisation to organisation.  However, it is envisaged that after the programme, you would have, in general, developed your communication and interpersonal skills as well as the right work ethics, and also become more mature, confident and independent, and have a more realistic expectation of what a working environment is like.


* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces you to the use of hand tools and standard laboratory equipment for the construction and testing of electronic prototypes. You will also learn to identify basic electronic components for project work and how to use them to build electronic devices.


This subject provides a good foundation in DC and AC network analysis. You will learn the basic principles of electric circuitry and how to apply circuit theorems to analyse DC and AC networks.


This subject covers the theory and practical knowledge of electronic devices such as diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors and their applications. It also focuses on the fundamentals of operational amplifiers and their applications, and the rudiments of circuit troubleshooting and testing.


This subject provides basic knowledge of digital electronics and circuits. Topics include number systems, operations and codes, logic gates, Boolean algebra and logic simplification, combinational logic, functional blocks, latches and flip-flops.


This subject builds upon the fundamentals of digital electronics acquired in Digital Fundamentals 1. It introduces the digital concepts of the various building blocks in a computer’s digital system. You will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge of registers, counters, memory devices, and conversions between digital and analogue signals and integrated circuit technologies. Digital troubleshooting techniques are also explored in the laboratory work.


The subject introduces the concept of calculus. Differentiation and integration techniques will be covered. These concepts will be used to formulate and solve mathematical problems. Various differentiation techniques (e.g., chain rule, product and quotient rules), and integration techniques (e.g., substitution, use of the mathematical table, integration by parts, partial fractions decomposition) will also be covered.


This subject teaches pre-calculus techniques required for an engineering course. It trains you in engineering problem-solving approaches using the appropriate mathematical tools. Topics such as simultaneous equations, matrices, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and vectors will be covered.



This subject covers a spectrum of fundamental physics laws and concepts applicable to the scope of engineering physics. It covers a few core areas including Mechanics, Energy, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, Waves & Optics and Materials. This subject provides a foundation for a further in depth study of the various engineering disciplines.


This subject covers the process of decomposing a problem into a sequence of smaller
abstractions. The abstractions are implemented in software in a structured top-down approach. Software implementation includes the process of designing, writing, testing, and debugging program code.


This subject covers the basic knowledge and skills needed for collecting, cleaning, and sharing data.  You should be able to apply techniques for data visualisation to facilitate more accurate and effective data-driven decisions.  Basic methods of descriptive and predictive analytics will be introduced and you will gain hands-on experience through the use of analytics software tools in case studies and problem demonstrations.


This subject introduces ordinary differential equations and approximation using the Maclaurin series and Fourier series. You will learn how to formulate engineering problems using first and second order differential equations and to solve initial value problems using techniques such as Laplace transforms. The application of statistics – Hypothesis Testing – will also be taught.


This subject provides you with a working knowledge of embedded systems. It exposes you to the basics of microcontroller architecture, programming and application development. You will acquire knowledge the and skills through the development and testing of smart microcontroller-based systems for real-world applications such as an intelligent clothes hanger, a smart home, a bank automated queuing system, or a traffic-light and pedestrian crossing control system, among many others. 


This subject presents various concepts related to semiconductor technology. It covers atomic physics, general material science and semiconductor materials, and also includes the physics of p-n junctions, MOS capacitors, MOSFETs and BJTs.


This subject provides you with the fundamental principles of wafer fabrication processes in semiconductor technology. There will be hands-on laboratory work, computer simulation sessions, and special projects to enhance learning.


This subject covers various semiconductor assembly processes, process material properties, packaging technologies, integrated circuit failure analysis techniques, reliability physics and failure mechanisms. You will be exposed to various concepts and issues in the IC packaging/assembly processes and failure analysis.


This subject covers the design of photo-masks, sequencing of processes to form a process flow, technologies in processing of solid state devices, isolation and interconnection structures, application of test structures for process monitoring as well as the characterisation and functionality testing of basic solid state devices.


This subject introduces students to the fundamental techniques of IC Layout. Students will first be taught the relationship between the MOSFET characteristics to its width and length dimensions. The design steps and layout of MOS transistors, basic CMOS logic gates and static CMOS circuits will be explored. Layout techniques and considerations for power supply distribution, yield improvement and transistor matching are discussed. The importance of layout design rules and impact of Nano CMOS device dimension on design will also be highlighted. The extensive use of CAD and IC Design tools provides students with practical experience in circuit layout.


This subject focuses on the concepts and applications of automated test systems for integrated circuits. Topics such as industrial standard automated test systems and testing methodologies of various semiconductor components and devices will be covered.


This subject introduces contamination control in a cleanroom and the factors to control the environment. It includes wafer plant facilities, process equipment and vacuum technology. Practical training includes appreciating the environment in the cleanroom, identifying the various components of a deionised water purification plant and operating vacuum pumps and systems.


The Major Project gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply your knowledge in a practical learning situation. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.


Special Electives

Students can opt to take Special Electives when offered.  These optional subjects aim to stretch the students' potential to enable them to meet their aspirations. 

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

The focus of this subject is on the application of students’ existing domain knowledge to develop a deliverable.  The subject will introduce new skills and knowledge specific to the project, as and when required.


This subject provides opportunities for students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills, along with their fundamental and in-depth knowledge from different subjects to designing, developing, and implementing a well-engineered project solution.


Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.


Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.


The subject introduces mathematical concepts and techniques used in advanced engineering courses. You will learn topics in calculus such as limits and continuity, infinite series, improper integrals, multiple integrals, higher order differential equations, 2D and 3D analytic geometry, and partial differentiation.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 90 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 126 credit units

Blog Post

How to Succeed in a Polytechnic

Devana Pillay graduated with a Diploma in Microelectronics (Merit, Course Silver Medal) in 2007, and was awarded a scholarship to pursue a degree in Business Management at Singapore Management University on an SMU scholarship.  A leukemia survivor, Devana is no stranger to setbacks and struggles in life.  He shares his 10 “poly-success” secrets that will make your journey in TP a memorable and fruitful one:


Have you ever wondered what it would be like if one day, you find out that you’re the “lucky” one to be struck with a major illness? Well, I was one of one of them, diagnosed with leukemia. When I first heard the news, it was as if the whole world had collapsed.  It’s an indescribable feeling, you know… as if everything in life had ended, and you had finally come to a dead end with nowhere to go.

Thankfully, I was also one of the few lucky ones who survived it. Because of this, I entered Polytechnic later than my peers. You might think that after such a long time having laid off my books, how could I come back and do well? I must say, I have been through many several setbacks and struggles in life and the key, my dear friends, is that nothing is too hard to achieve if you set your mind to it!

At the age of 25, I graduated in Temasek Polytechnic with a Diploma in Microelectronics with Merit. I am so glad that I made my parents really proud and attained a Course Silver Medal! I was elated and I really enjoyed my memorable journey at School of Engineering for the 3 years I was there.

Here, let me share with you some tips on how to not just survive polytechnic life, but to do well…. and of course, to enjoy yourself too!

#1.       PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, and EXECUTE

Print the course schedules and take note of when the tests or quizzes are.  Put it somewhere prominent so that you get to see it every day! Highlight the important dates and do not ignore it! What’s the point of having something there when you’re ignoring it right?


Unlike in secondary school, Polytechnic is more towards self-motivated learning.  Be prepared for every graded assessment and quiz. Study hard and smart! Past year papers are really good during examinations!


Be practical, factor in some buffer time for things that may crop up.  Plan your tasks using this 4-quadrant table, and do those in the “Urgent & Important” quadrant first.  Here’s an example:


Lectures are the best time to learn something.  If you have a question just ask!  It’s better to clarify doubts earlier than later.  When other students ask questions, listen and learn from them too!  Furthermore, topics that the lecturer seems more interested to cover during lectures are usually those that will appear in the exams, so do take note!

#5.       MIND YOUR BODY

Take care of your health and be mentally prepared for the Poly marathon.  Get enough sleep before an early morning lesson.  No use being in class when your brain cannot absorb anything.  Do not feast before a lesson.  The heavier your meal, the more likely you will doze off.  Bring a water bottle, as drinking plain water helps to keep you awake.  Avoid sugary drinks which will induce sleep (after the initial sugar rush).

#6.       FRIEND OR FOE?

Polytechnic is a fun place, but it can also be too fun a place to study.  Make sure your circle of friends or project mates are motivated to study, because laziness is infectious.  If you can't find any like-minded souls, then you’re better off flying solo, otherwise you’d crash and die with the pack.

#7.       CCA MYTH

GPA is still your ticket to a local Uni or a great job.  By all means, pursue some CCAs as they are a great place to make new friends and try new things.  But always remember your primary duty as a student – which is to chalk up that GPA!


It shocked me that some of my poly-mates could be rude to their lecturers and lab-technicians.  These rude students paid the price when they needed extra help or coaching.  (Somehow, lecturers were busier when these “rascals” approached them). 


Keep an eye on your GPA so that you know how much better you need to perform to reach your target.  Here’s my gift to you… a Poly CGPA calculator!  You can download it here: http://bit.do/poly_gpa


It’s a long learning journey, so remind yourself frequently of your ultimate goal – such as the GPA you want to achieve.  A friend of mine printed the following words and pasted it on her room wall: “Make it to NTU!!”  It’s totally up to you!

These are the 10 tips! I hope you’ll really make use of all of them. Because personally, they have really worked for me; they boosted my cGPA and helped me to do well in poly – academically, socially, and emotionally!

Having survived cancer, I really treasure my life more than I had in the past. Many people take many things for granted, even simple daily things like walking, eating and exercising. They have never felt the pain and sadness that cancer patients feel. Actually, we should be thankful that we are healthy. We should treasure each and every thing that we are capable of doing each day.  Simply waking up to see the start of a brand new day is an accomplishment.

Treasure and cherish everyday of your life spent with your family and loved ones, cos you do not know how long it’s going to last.


Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Engineering

  (65) 6780 5144
  (65) 6787 7641

Teaching Staff

Staff Name Designation Phone Email

Ng Kee Wee

B.Eng (Hons), M.Eng

Course Manager 67806657 keewee@tp.edu.sg

Koo Siang Chuei

B.Eng (Hons)

67805461  koosc@tp.edu.sg

Lum Moon Kiong

B.ASc (Electronics) (Hons)

Section Head 67805492 lummk@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Feng Hanhua

B.Eng, M.Eng, Ph.D

Senior Lecturer 67805450 hanhua@tp.edu.sg

Lee Sin Guan


Senior Lecturer 67806622 singuan@tp.edu.sg

Siti Rohana Kasbol

B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer  67806620  sitirb@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Adhikari, Tanusree


Lecturer 67805424 tanusree@tp.edu.sg

Student Achievements


Our Microelectronics students, Ho Kee Ying Shawn and Jason Ng Tze Wei (supervised by Dr. Zhu Hong) won the Final Year Project Competition Consolation Award @ SEMICON University Programme held on 23 Apr 2014. 


Graduation Awards

Each year, course medals are awarded to the top 3 students of each diploma cohort during the annual Graduation ceremony held in May. For 2015, the top students from the Diploma in Microelectronics who won the course medals are: 

Gold:                Muhammad Alsyaari Bin Mohamed Shahril
Silver:               He Zhaozheng
Bronze:            Kristofer Lem Koshy

The MIE top medal winners 2015 are (from left) Kristofer Lem Koshy,
He Zhaozheng, and Muhammed Alsyaari, with their Course Manager


Nanoparticle Enhanced Immuno-sensor

This project involves the development of a biosensor system comprising a silicon-based biosensor used to determine the presence of analyte, and a PDMS-based micro-fluidic chip.  The system is linked to a mobile hand held readout system with an accompanying Android application which will identify the presence of the analyte and for data logging.  The entire compact system integrates the microchip, measurement module, communications modules and test fixture.

Quantum Dot Immunoassay on Microfluidic Chip for Procalcitonin Detection

This project involves the designing and fabrication of a sensitive biosensor on microfluidic chip to perform Quantum Dot (Q-dot) immunoassay for Procalcitonin detection.  With the use of microfluidic chip and different parameters set in the automated system, it would help to enhance the process result and minimise human errors in the detection process.  The automated control system with valves and peristaltic pump is controlled by a LabVIEW program.

Microfluidic Immunoassay chips for Rapid Escherichia coli Detection

This project involves the development of a microfluidic immunoassay chip used for rapid detection of Escherichia coli (E.coli) in patients with urinary tract infection (UTI).  This method can replace the traditional method, using an immunoassay in 96-well plate, which is known to be laborious and time-consuming.  In this new system, the integration of the chip will provide rapid, cost effective and easy-to-handle solution UTI diagnosis.

Development of Microchip for Glucose Sensing

Glucose sensors are used to monitor the blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. The purpose of this project is to design and develop a microchip which will be able to read varying glucose levels quickly, accurately, and at low cost.


The Class 100 Cleanroom

The industry-standard Class-100 Cleanroom in our Temasek Microelectronics Centre is equipped with wafer processing equipment such as Oxidation Furnaces, E-Beam Evaporator, Sputtering System and Low Pressure Chemical Vapour Deposition System.  Detailed inspection, measurement and testing can be performed with an array of metrology tools, namely Ellipsometer, SEM and Profilometers.

The Cleanroom is equipped with the following facilities:

  • Lithography Equipment
  • RIE Etcher
  • Wet bench for Wet Etch/Cleaning
  • Evaporator
  • Oxidation & Diffusion Furnace
  • Laser Writer
  • CV measurement tools
  • 4 pt probe
  • Ellipsometer
  • Surface Profiler
  • AtomicForce Microscope

The Vacuum Laboratory

A one-stop laboratory, this lab houses seven different configurations of vacuum technologies, including low, medium & high level.  The equipment in this lab includes:

  • Pumps
  • Rotary pump
  • Turbo pump
  • Cryo pump
  • Vacuum Gauges
  • Cap manometer
  • Ion gauge
  • Pirnani gauge
  • MFC gas controller
  • RGA gas analyser
  • Leak detector

The Test and Measurement Laboratory

The Test Lab is equipped with facilities to service the digital, mixed signal and memory markets. The equipment in the lab includes:

  • HP digital tester
  • Boundary-scan interactive
  • Network Anaylser
  • Mixed-signal test units
  • Device characterisation equipment
  • HP impedance Analyser

The IC Design Centre

The IC Design Centre is equipped with sophisticated Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, which include the following:

  • VLSI/ASIC Design – with Cadence and Mentor Graphics tools
  • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Design – with Xilinx tools
  • Systems-On-Chip (SOC) Design – with Aptix tools
  • PCB Design – with Mentor Graphics tools
  • Semiconductor Device Simulation and Process Simulation – with Silvaco and TMA Virtual Wafer Fab tools

The Failure Analysis (FA) Laboratory

It is equipped with various state-of-art tools for wafer and IC package analysis, the lab also prepares all students with the necessary knowledge and skills in failure analysis. The FA laboratory houses the following equipment:

  • Precision X-Sectioning
  • SAM (Scanning Acoustic Microscope )
  • Light Microscopy
  • SEM ( Scanning Electron Microscope )
  • EDS (Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscope )
  • Microprober
  • Parametric Analyser
  • BGA/Flip Chip System
  • Liquid Crystal Hotspot technique
  • Wire bonder + Bond pull
  • Die Attach + Die shear
  • Die Saw

Diploma Student Club

The student club of the Diploma in Microelectronics, called “Atomic Club”, spearheads activities for students of the diploma, and the club functions alongside the other Engineering diploma clubs under the umbrella of Engineering Studies Club (ESC) to promote and support Engineering School and Poly-wide activities and programmes.

The student activities spearheaded by Atomic include student gatherings, study trips to industry facilities, and overseas study tours.  Some examples are:

1) Company Visits

a) Visit to SSMC
A group of 12 MIE students visited Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd (SSMC) on 21 Oct 2015 to participate in their “SSMC Week” event, where the company shared about job opportunities in SSMC and career prospects in the industry.  The visit was beneficial as the students were able to find out more about the industry and had a clearer picture of the options open to them upon graduation.

b) Visit to UTAC
Another group of MIE students visited United Test and Assembly Center Singapore Pte. Ltd. (UTAC) on 20 Nov 2015, during which they were exposed to the latest technologies in the assembly & test industry.  The visit allowed them to witness for themselves what they have learnt in their diploma course, in particular in the subject “IC Packaging & Failure Analysis”.  It also gave them a better idea of the important skill-sets needed in the semi-conductor industry and the career options available to them.


2) Visit to SEMICON University Programme

Microelectronics students visited the SEMICON University Programme, a semiconductor event in Southeast Asia that provides a platform for industry leaders, companies, graduates and working professionals to come together.  Held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in June 2014, the event gave our students a better understanding of the semiconductor industry through talks and a tour of the exhibition featuring the latest products and services that illustrate the latest technologies supporting the semiconductor and IC design industry.  On display were exhibits such as advanced robotics, smart lighting, wireless charging for mobile devices, and even a smart driver-less car.  Such visits help to take learning out of the classroom for our students, bringing education to life.

3) Institute of Bioengineering & Nanotechnology

Atomic also led a group of 15 students on a tour of the Institute of Bioengineering & Nanotechnology, where they learnt about the latest technology and how nanotechnology can be used in various applications today.  The students learnt that Nanotechnology, which is the study and application of extremely small things in the nanoscale (1 to 100 nanometers), can be used across various fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering, so as to take advantage of their enhanced properties such as higher strength, lighter weight, increased control of light spectrum, and greater chemical reactivity than their larger-scale counterparts, offering better products and vastly improved manufacturing processes.

4) Study Trip to Malaysia

About 24 Microelectronics students went on a study trip to Johor, Malaysia, in June 2014, visiting the University of Southampton (Malaysia), the Kota Iskandar facility, and Flextronics Technology Bhd.  The trip allowed our students to gain exposure to the electronics manufacturing industry and witness how printed circuit boards are assembled.  At the same time, it gave them the opportunity to interact with their counterparts in a higher educational institution in Malaysia, and to foster and strengthen their appreciation of the geographical, economic and cultural links between Singapore and Malaysia.

Alumni Success Stories

1) Tan Qi Xiang (2007)

Mr Tan Qi Xiang, who graduated with a Diploma in Microelectronics in 2007, was one of the recipients of the distinguished “Honour of a Dean's Commendation” for his excellent academic achievement in his first semester at the University of Queensland, Australia. Qi Xiang credits his diploma at TP for his success: “My Microelectronics diploma at TP gave me such a strong foundation that allow me to do well in my first semester at university,” he humbly explains. He graduated with his degree in 2015.

2) Meng Lei (2005)

Meng Lei graduated from the Diploma in Microelectronics (Merit, Course Silver Medal) in 2005.  Armed with her diploma, she went on to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering and subsequently, and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, both from NUS.  Dr Meng Lei is currently a Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, helping to examine and evaluate patent applications.  “My diploma training gave me the right foundation for both my studies at NUS and my current job,” she assesses.

3) Poh Zhi Ning (2005)

She graduated from our Diploma in Microelectronics in 2005, but until today, Poh Zhi Ning still thinks fondly of her Poly days when she would don the white smock to enter the Class-100 cleanroom.  She recalls: “Only Microelectronics students were allowed to enter the cleanroom, and I always looked forward to it.”

The 28-year-old former student of Tampines Sec School is a member of national women’s water polo team which shot to fame after clinching gold at the SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia (10 – 20 Nov ’11).  When the competition neared, Zhi Ning had to balance strenuous daily training with a full time job as an Office Manager at a wine investment company.  “I don’t let small set-backs deter me from my long term goals,” she declares emphatically.

How did she end up in the national water polo team?  "I started competitive swimming when I was 8, but I soon got bored.  So I started playing water polo.  In 1999, a few friends and I formed an unofficial women’s water polo team, which slowly grew in size and strength.  After women’s water polo was introduced at the Olympics and Asian Games in 2000, we decided to get down to some serious training to don national colours," she explains.

Asked for the secret of her success, she says: "In life, like in water polo, you have to work hard individually, and also work well as a team.  Only then will you achieve the elusive gold medal, the goal in your life," she declares. 

4) Wendy Yung Ka Po (2000) 

Wendy Yung Ka Po (graduated 2000) obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree with the First Class Honours from the University of Queensland, Australia, on a full university scholarship in 2002.  She then went on to obtain a Ph.D in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from NTU in 2009, sponsored by A*Star-SIM Tech.


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