Posted: July 26, 2009

IMEC expands sub-22nm CMOS, biomedical and nanoelectronics research

(Nanowerk News) The Belgian nanoelectronics research institute IMEC starts with the expansion of its research labs with 2,800 square meters including the extension of its state-of-the-art clean room at its Leuven campus. With this extension, IMEC will expand its research on 22nm CMOS and beyond, on low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells, and on biomedical electronics. IMEC also plans to build a new office building starting later this year.
This 2,800m2 extra lab space includes 1,200m2 ultra-clean processing area as an extension of its current 300mm clean room. The clean room will be 450mm-ready so that IMECís advanced process technology research continues to follow industry standards. Also about 1,600m≤ of new lab space will be realized to extend both its research on silicon and organic solar cells and on biomedical electronics.
Today, IMEC employs about 1650 people. With this extension, IMEC expects to create about 300 extra jobs the coming years for many different profiles, including researchers and operators, lab assistants in several domains (engineering, chemistry, etc.).
The total cost of the extension amounts to 70 million euro. The Flemish Government invests 35 million euro and IMEC will cover the remaining 35 million euro through a loan.
ďIn 2009, IMEC lights 25 birthday candles. Thanks to the unbridled commitment of our researchers and the continuous vision and support of the government of Flanders, we succeeded in putting Flanders on top of the world in nanoelectronics research. IMEC today is addressing the major challenges of our planet: environment, energy and the ageing population. Concrete programs in areas such as solar energy, smart-grid, energy scavenging and in several biomedical and medical applications address those challenges. We are proud that we can further expand IMECís activities so that we continue to offer valuable R&D programs to the industry that will contribute to Flanders, Europe and the world of tomorrow;Ē said Gilbert Declerck, CEO of IMEC.
About IMEC
IMEC is a world-leading inderpendent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. IMEC vzw is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister company in the Netherlands, IMEC-NL, offices in the US, China and Taiwan, and representatives in Japan. Its staff of more than 1650 people includes about 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2008, its revenue (P&L) was estimated to EUR 270 million.
IMECís More Moore research aims at semiconductor scaling towards sub-32nm nodes. With its More than Moore research, IMEC looks into technologies for nomadic embedded systems, wireless autonomous transducer solutions, biomedical electronics, photovoltaics, organic electronics and GaN power electronics.
IMECís 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 worldwide position IMEC as a key partner for shaping technologies for future systems.
Source: IMEC
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