Singapore digest news (28.02 - 04.03)

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UMC announced a new semiconductor plant in Singapore
United Microelectronics Corporation today announced the approval of a plan to build a production facility next to the existing plant (Fab12i) in Singapore. Production at the new site is scheduled to start in late 2024.
The Fab12i P3 (Fab12i P3) plant will be the largest modern semiconductor foundry in Singapore, with production processes of 22 and 28 nm. The investment in Fab12i P3 is $5 billion. This year, UMC’s budget will be revised upwards to $3.6 billion, due to the expansion of Fab12i.

Physicists in Singapore have created a red material with record colour saturation.
It is an array of silicon nanoantennas on a quartz substrate whose spectra suppress blue and green components. The structural colour obtained by the scientists lies outside the triangle on the chromatic diagram used in the sRGB standard. The study is published in Science Advances.
Zhaogang Dong (National University of Singapore) and colleagues reported that they managed to create a material, the red surface of which has a record saturation. To achieve this effect was achieved by proper selection of the shape and location of two silicon nanoantennas, supporting the quasi-bonded states in the continuum.

New supercomputer to speed up heart disease, future pandemic research
One of the first projects for the supercomputer will be to help design an algorithm analysing clinical data and heart and retinal scans for heart patients, so that the most urgent cases can be prioritised for emergency treatment. The machine is being developed by the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) and SingHealth.