IMEC Combines Multi-Disciplinary Research

IMEC announces that it will give momentum to its ‘More than Moore’ research, building on its 130nm CMOS base process and expertise in heterogeneous technologies. Using its existing 200mm infrastructure, IMEC will offer CMOS-based process R&D combined with additional process modules and devices and application-specific demonstrators for ‘More than Moore’ processes and systems.

Combined with its world-class ‘More Moore’ research focusing on (sub-)32nm CMOS scaling in its 300mm clean room, IMEC is ready to play a leading position in collaborative nanoelectronics research for the next 10 years.

To realize this, IMEC will bring its multi-disciplinary research into a single operational scientific entity, starting January 1st, 2007. The scientific entity will be headed by Luc Van den hove, who will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer. The merging of the scientific divisions will enhance interaction between the different competences within IMEC, which becomes essential in an era where new technology solutions become increasingly application driven. Indeed, in the future, products will be used for various markets making use of different combinations of technologies.

As an answer to this changing environment, IMEC will extend its R&D by combining conventional CMOS base processes (130nm/90nm) of IMEC’s 200mm pilot line with the integration of additional process modules and devices, and by developing application-specific demonstrators as proof of concept.

All of this will be supported by dedicated design methods. IMEC’s 200mm pilot line with 130nm CMOS base process – 130nm CMOS generally considered to be the mainstream base technology for most of the ‘More than Moore’ research needs for the next 5 to 10 years – will be the cornerstone of IMEC’s ‘More than Moore’ research. Processes will be transferred to IDMs and foundries. IMEC’s facility will also be open to semiconductor equipment manufacturers, active in the ‘More than Moore’ area, in the framework of joint development programs.

In the field of heterogeneous technologies, IMEC has a lot of expertise regarding SiGe CMOS-compatible MEMS processing, above-IC RF passives and MEMS, sensors and actuators including biosensors, GaN on Si, silicon photonics, neuro-electronic devices etc.

These technologies, combined with IMEC’s CMOS processing and advanced packaging technologies, will open up many new applications.

“With this reorganization, we will further develop critical mass in both ‘More Moore’ and ‘More than Moore’ research areas and ensure that both research domains are sufficiently integrated and interlinked,” said Gilbert Declerck, President and CEO IMEC. “Our successful core partnership program on (sub-)32nm scaling will proceed at the same world-class level in our 300mm clean room. In addition, we will give momentum to our ‘More than Moore’ research anticipating the changing market. By building on our multi-disciplinary strengths, we will be able to maintain our position as a world-class research center.”

About IMEC
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its research focuses on the next generations of chips and systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC’s research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network of companies, universities and research institutes worldwide position IMEC as a key partner for shaping technologies for future systems.

As an expansion of its wireless autonomous microsystems research, IMEC has created a legal entity in the Netherlands. Stichting IMEC Nederland runs activities at the Holst Centre, an independent R&D institute that develops generic technologies and technology platforms for autonomous wireless transducer solutions and systems-in-foil.

IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has representatives in the US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1450 people includes more than 500 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2005, its revenue was EUR 197 million.