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IMEC, TSMC expand research collaboration

Posted: 05 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:foundry? R&D? 22nm process?

IMEC has signed a new and expanded research agreement with foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. TSMC will also base its extended European research efforts at the IMEC premises.

Under the agreement, TSMC extends its collaboration with IMEC as a core partner, which dates back from 2005. Within IMEC's core partner program the foundries, IDMs, fabless and fab-lite companies, and material and equipment suppliers collaborate on R&D, for 22nm and beyond, IC process technologies.

As part of TSMC's global effort to strongly expand its R&D, including an expansion of research in Europe, TSMC decided to base its European R&D at the IMEC facilities. In this way, TSMC can benefit from IMEC's state-of-the-art clean room infrastructure which is currently been expanded to house the most advancedoften preproductionsemiconductor manufacturing tools, allowing to research technologies ahead of industrial needs. IMEC and its members can benefit from TSMC's broad-based technology roadmap and platform expertise, customers, suppliers, and ecosystem partners.

"This agreement with TSMC represents an extension of our long-term strategic and fruitful partnership. We are proud that TSMC joins forces with IMEC to strengthen their global R&D. This proves the industrial importance of our semiconductor scaling research. We are confident that IMEC's joint research model will contribute to TSMC's approach 'collaborate to innovate,'" said Luc Van den hove, executive VP and chief operating officer of IMEC.

"TSMC strives for innovation through collaboration to provide competitive technology and value to its customers. The expansion of the partnership between IMEC and TSMC underscores TSMC's commitment to increasing R&D for the future," said Jack Sun, VP of R&D at TSMC.

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