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Big Five join IMEC research platform

Five of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers – Infineon, Intel, Philips, Samsung Electronics and STMicroelectronics – have joined IMEC's sub-45nm research platform. IMEC, based in Leuven, Flanders, is one of Europe's largest independent micro and nano electronics research centers.

IMEC's collaborative research program targets technology generations two to three nodes ahead of state-of-the-art IC production. The activities are organized as a coherent cluster of programs enabling very advanced research at reduced cost. Based on its track record and expertise, IMEC's central focus in these programs is on advanced process module and device research, with several programs being devoted to the exploration of new materials.

In line with industry's transition, the tool set for the execution of these programs will gradually move from 200mm to 300mm wafers in IMEC's new research facility, which will be ready for equipment installation in Spring 2004.

"We are very pleased that these leading semiconductor manufacturers with excellent in-house R&D expertise have become core partners within our sub-45nm silicon research platform," Professor Gilbert Declerck, President and CEO of IMEC, said. "Their action clearly demonstrates the need for joint research ventures to tackle the challenges of developing nano-scaled technologies. By bringing together the world's best research experts in a state-of-the-art facility, companies will be able to keep pace with the semiconductor roadmap.”


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16 October 2003

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