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4th April 2023
Newly founded chip manufacturer joins imec’s Core Partner Programme

Imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and Rapidus, Japan’s newly founded chip manufacturer, have announced that they have taken an important next step in setting up a long-term and sustainable collaboration in the domain of advanced semiconductor research, with Rapidus joining imec’s Core Partner Programme.

Eco Innovation
1st March 2023
Imec’s virtual fab underpins strategies to reduce carbon footprint

At the 2023 Advanced Lithography + Patterning Conference, imec presents a quantitative assessment of the environmental impact of patterning in advanced IC manufacturing.

31st January 2023
Imec's co-integration of its SiN waveguide technology with its active silicon photonics platform

At an invited talk at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, imec announced that it demonstrated co-integration of its silicon nitride waveguide technology with its silicon photonics platform—without performance degradation of the high-bandwidth active devices. An important upgrade for their silicon photonics platform, the result enables the synthesis of high-quality wavelength-selective devices and other optical passive functions that benefit...

27th January 2023
Imec hyperspectral camera pave way for in-vivo detection of low-grade gliomas

At this week’s BiOS, the biomedical optics and biophotonics exhibition at SPIE Photonics West, imec – a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies – presents a promising path to the in-vivo detection of low-grade gliomas (a group of slow-growing brain tumours).

26th January 2023
imec demonstrates combined VIS & NIR spectral camera system

At this week’s SPIE Photonics West, imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies,  showcases their multi-sensor hyperspectral camera system that covers both the visual and red/near infrared spectral ranges, while coming with a high-resolution RGB sensor.

25th January 2023
Animal behaviour monitoring tool for research, conservation, and agriculture purposes

The University of Antwerp (UAntwerp), a dynamic, forward-thinking university aiming to contribute positively to society, and imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies announce their new spin-off called IoSA (Internet of Small Animals).

6th December 2022
Imec simulation framework predicts thermal transport in RF devices for 5G and 6G

This week, at the 2022 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEEE IEDM 2022), imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, presents a Monte Carlo Boltzmann modelling framework that uses microscopic heat carrier distributions to predict 3D thermal transport in advanced RF devices intended for 5G and 6G wireless communication for the first time.

5th December 2022
Imec improves ferroelectric response & endurance of HZO-based ferroelectric capacitors

At the 2022 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEEE IEDM 2022), imec demonstrates a lanthanum-doped hafnium-zirconate (La:HZO)-based ferroelectric capacitor with high endurance (1011 cycles), high final remnant polarization (2PR = 30µC/cm2 at 1.8MV/cm) and reduced wake-up.

Mixed Signal/Analog
15th June 2022
Direct-digitisation readout enables small, low-noise, low-power neural interfaces

At the 2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology and Circuits, imec, a research and innovation centre in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, presents a scalable neural readout microchip featuring one of the world’s smallest recording channels for the simultaneous acquisition of local field potentials and action potentials in neurophysiology experiments.

17th May 2022
Targeting net-zero emissions for chip manufacturing

At Future Summits 2022, imec announces that its Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS) research programme succeeded in bringing together stakeholders of the semiconductor value chain, from large system companies such as Apple and Microsoft, to suppliers, including ASM, Kurita, SCREEN and Tokyo Electron.

28th April 2022
Bill Gates honoured with Lifetime of Innovation Award

imec, a research and innovation centre in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, announces Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Founder of Breakthrough Energy, as the recipient of the Lifetime of Innovation Award 2022 for his impact on the computer software revolution.

Quantum Tech
23rd August 2021
Xanadu and imec to develop photonic chips for quantum computing

Xanadu and imec have announced a partnership to develop the next-gen of photonic qubits based on ultra-low loss silicon nitride (SiN) waveguides, the partnership is to fabricate low loss and uniform silicon nitride circuits for error corrected qubits. 

30th June 2021
Ultrasound sensor for determining arterial stiffness

Imec has presented a proof-of-concept for determining arterial stiffness, a risk marker for cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart failure, and monitoring blood pressure. Imec’s approach uses an ultrasound sensor to measure the central pulse wave velocity.

4th May 2021
GaN epitaxy on AIX G5+ C for 1200V demonstrated

Imec and AIXTRON have demonstrated epitaxial growth of gallium-nitride (GaN) buffer layers qualified for 1,200V applications on 200mm QST substrates, with a hard breakdown exceeding 1,800V. The manufacturability of 1,200V-qualified buffer layers opens doors to highest voltage GaN-based power applications such as electric cars, previously only with feasible silicon-carbide (SiC)-based technology.

9th March 2021
High-chi 18nm pitch line/space patterning demonstrated

At the 2021 SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference, imec demonstrated the capability of directed self-assembly (DSA) to pattern line/spaces with a pitch as small as 18nm, using a high-chi block copolymer (high-χ BCP) based process under high volume manufacturing (HVM) conditions.

24th February 2021
The single-exposure patterning capability of EUVL

At the 2021 SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference, imec and ASML presented several papers that demonstrate the ultimate single-exposure patterning capability of today’s 0.33NA NXE:3400 extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL).

17th February 2021
Sub-5mW, IEEE 802.15.4z ultra-wideband transmitter chip

At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), imec showcased its first IEEE 802.15.4z impulse-radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) transmitter chip striking a balance between UWB’s accurate and secure ranging capabilities for indoor localisation and the need for increased energy efficiency.

10th February 2021
Pitch line imaging with high-NA EUV interference lithography

Imec has reported the use of a 13.5nm High Harmonic Generation source for the printing of 20nm pitch line/spaces using interference lithographic imaging of an Inpria metal-oxide resist under high-numerical-aperture (high-NA) conditions.

6th January 2021
BioFETs for high-sensitivity molecule detection

Achieving ultrasmall dimensions (13nm fin width and 50nm gate length), and fabricated with a CMOS-compatible process flow in imec’s 300mm cleanroom, imec envisions volume manufacturing and integration into high-throughput, cost-effective detection tools, with 10,000s of these ‘BioFETs’ working in parallel.

16th December 2020
Novel 2T0C dynamic random-access memory cell architecture

At the 2020 International Electron Devices Meeting, imec presented a novel dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) cell architecture that implements two indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors (IGZO-TFTs) and no storage capacitor.

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