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Posted: April 26, 2008
Nanoelectronics research institute IMEC reports successful 2007
(Nanowerk News) During yesterday's General Assembly, the
IMEC Board confirmed that 2007 was a successful year with excellent
achievements, during which IMEC maintained its position as a world-leading
nanoelectronics research institute. The board also looks confidently to
2008 and beyond.
The skills, devotion and hard work of the IMEC researchers led to many
important results, evidenced by about 1,600 publications in prestigious
journals and conference contributions, often in collaboration with
universities in Flanders and abroad. The number of invited papers and
lectures increased to 184, 32% more than in 2006. And in 2007, 106 patents
were submitted. IMEC's results were achieved by 1,572 people, a 5.5 percent
increase compared to 2006. Of these, 35 percent were guest researchers and
residents from the academic and industrial world.
2007 was also an excellent year from a financial viewpoint. IMEC's total
revenue (P&L) amounted to 244.5 million euro, of which 39.1 million euro
were granted by the Flanders Government. In 2007, IMEC cooperated with many
of the major semiconductor companies, giving it a large visibility and a
good view on the future research needs.
"In 2007, we extended our programs to address the needs of all
semiconductor players-from IDMs and foundries to fablite and fabless
companies," said Gilbert Declerck, President and CEO of IMEC. "Following
the growing importance of memory technology, we have brought our logic and
memory research on equal footing. Among the new partners we welcomed in
2007, two important additional memory players-Hynix and Elpida-joined our
core (sub-)32nm program. For scaling-driven research, the focus is now on
the sub-32nm technology. We are tackling new research challenges, such as
technology-aware design and 3D design and architectures."
Commenting on IMEC's other research lines, Gilbert Declerck said, "To
maximize our efforts, we have successfully merged all our scientific
knowhow into one unit. This will ensure the leverage and knowledge-sharing
that is needed to be successful in this research, where we intend to
combine ever more heterogeneous functionality on ever smaller footprints in
ever more complex applications. We also focused our research by giving a
stronger weight to our main application-oriented strategic drivers: nomadic
embedded systems, wireless autonomous transducer systems, biomedical
electronics, photovoltaics, and GaN power electronics."
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.
IMEC vzw is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister company in the
Netherlands, IMEC-NL, concentrating on wireless autonomous transducer
solutions, and has representatives in the US, China, Japan and Taiwan. Its
staff of more than 1600 people includes more than 500 industrial residents
and guest researchers. In 2007, its revenue (P&L) amounted to EUR 244.5
million. Further information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be.