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14th December 2020
Thin-film short-wave-infrared image sensor

Imec has presented a prototype high-resolution short-wave-infrared (SWIR) image sensor with record small pixel pitch of 1.82 µm. It is based on a thin-film photodetector that is monolithically integrated on a custom Si-CMOS readout circuit. A fab-compatible process flow paves the way to high-throughput, wafer-level manufacturing. 

30th November 2020
Industrial grade hyperspectral camera solution

imec and XIMEA have announced their intensified collaboration that has resulted in a series of new hyperspectral cameras (xiSpec2). The cameras come with a high spectral fidelity and the necessary tools and after-sales support to match the needs of the rapidly evolving machine vision market, including guaranteed spectral data quality, ease of use, and calibration.

24th November 2020
Security flaws in Tesla Model X keyless entry system

Researchers from COSIC, an imec research group at the University of Leuven in Belgium, have discovered major security flaws in the keyless entry system of the Tesla Model X.

15th September 2020
Smart contact lens mimics the human iris to combat eye deficiencies

Imec and CMST (an imec-affiliated research group at Ghent University), together with their partners the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid, Spain) and Holst Centre (an open innovation initiative from imec and TNO, the Netherlands) have presented an artificial iris embedded in a smart contact lens.

5th August 2020
mmWave motion detection radar chip for health tracking

This week at the virtual conference IEEE RFIC, imec presented a millimetre-wave motion detection radar at 60GHz, integrated in standard 28nm CMOS. Achieving 2-cm range resolution, the ultra-sensitive radar is optimized for vital sign monitoring and gesture recognition. The compact radar chip only consumes 62 mW, making the sensor integrable into small, battery-powered devices

Artificial Intelligence
3rd August 2020
AI chip bringing deep neural network calculations to IoT

Imec and GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) have announced a hardware demonstration of a new artificial intelligence chip. Based on imec’s Analog in Memory Computing (AiMC) architecture utilizing GF’s 22FDX solution, the new chip is optimized to perform deep neural network calculations on in-memory computing hardware in the analog domain.

23rd June 2020
Deltaray enables zero-defect product manufacturing

Deltaray, a spin-off of Antwerp University and imec, has introduced its ‘Accelerated 3D XRAY’ technology to enable zero-defect product manufacturing. Deltaray’s solution allows manufacturers to inspect products for possible defects up to 100 times faster and with a much finer granularity (up to 50 microns).

19th June 2020
Imec overcomes fundamental operation challenge for MRAMs

At the 2020 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, imec presented a deterministic write scheme for voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) magnetic random access memories (MRAMs), obviating the need for pre-reading the device before writing.

17th June 2020
imec Si FinFET CMOS devices with integrated tungsten BPR

At the 2020 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, imec, presented a tungsten BPR (buried power rail) integration scheme in a FinFET CMOS test vehicle, which does not adversely impact the CMOS device characteristics

5th June 2020
3D body shape visualisation for online shopping

Online shopping from the comfort of your own home has been on the rise for years, and this trend has been further amplified by the coronavirus pandemic. But when ordering clothes, trying to guess which size you need can be a real problem. Enter Shavatar, a UAntwerp and imec spin-off that is set to make this guesswork a thing of the past, thanks to innovative technology. All you have to do is create your own avatar for 3D body shape visualisation.

19th May 2020
SafeDistance wearable helps social distancing

Lopos, a spin-off of imec and the Ghent University presents the Lopos SafeDistance wearable that supports companies in remaining active or safely restarting in-person activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

29th April 2020
Spiking neural network-based chip from Imec

Imec has presented a chip that processes radar signals using a spiking recurrent neural network. The spiking neural network-based mimics the way groups of biological neurons operate to recognize temporal patterns, imec’s chip consumes 100 times less power than traditional implementations while featuring a tenfold reduction in latency – enabling almost instantaneous decision-making.

News & Analysis
23rd March 2020
Developing nano-metrology solutions for manufacturing

Park Systems and imec have signed the 2nd Joint Development Project (JDP) within four years to increase the development efforts for future generation in-line AFM metrology solutions. 

9th March 2020
R&D project targets mobile early-stage cardiovascular disease diagnosis

Imec, Medtronic and their project partners have announced the launch of the H2020 project InSiDe. The objective of InSiDe is to provide access for the medical community to a mobile diagnostic device based on silicon photonics to identify and characterise different stages of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The device offers fast, flexible and patient-friendly monitoring of CVD, keeping...

5th March 2020
Extending silicon photonics with hybrid light sources

Imec and CST Global have announced the successful integration of InP distributed feedback (DFB) lasers from CST Global’s InP100 platform into imec’s integrated silicon photonics platform (iSiPP). Interfaces for hybrid integration of InP DFB lasers and reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers (RSOA) will become available as part of imec’s silicon photonics prototyping services in the first half of 2021, following further optim...

2nd March 2020
Millimetre-scale wireless transceiver for electronic pills

At ISSCC 2020 (Feb 16th to 20th, San Francisco), imec presented the first mm-scale wireless transceiver for smart insertable pills. It is a first breakthrough in imec’s aspiration to realise autonomous ingestible sensors that can measure health parameters such as gut health and transmit in real time the data outside the body.

3rd February 2020
Stacked dies to connect with test equipment

It has been announced by imec that the IEEE Std 1838TM-2019, recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association, will be included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library from February 2020 onward. The new standard allows die makers to design dies which, if compliant to this standard, constitute, once stacked in a 3D-IC by a stack integrator, a consistent stack-level test access architecture. 

31st January 2020
Chip-based technology for third generation DNA synthesis platform

EVONETIX, the synthetic biology company developing a desktop platform for scalable, high-fidelity and rapid gene synthesis, has announced it has partnered with research and innovation hub, imec, active in the fields of nanoelectronics and digital technologies, to increase production of Evonetix’s proprietary microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based silicon chips, enabling the platform to be manufactured at a commercial scale.

31st January 2020
Built-in sensors warn firefighters of too much heat

Imec, Ghent University, Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris, Connect Group and Sioen, have presented a prototype of new protective firefighters’ clothing with integrated temperature sensors and electronics to warn firefighters of too high ambient temperatures. The new protective sensing suit, that was developed within the framework of the Flemish I-CART project, was successfully tested at high temperatures. It should significantly reduce t...

27th January 2020
Scalable devices on Si targeting beyond 5G RF front-end modules

Imec has presented a functional GaAs-based heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) devices on 300mm Si, and CMOS-compatible GaN-based devices on 200mm Si for mm-wave applications. The results demonstrate the potential of both III-V-on-Si and GaN-on-Si as CMOS-compatible technologies for enabling RF front-end modules for beyond 5G applications. They were presented at last year’s IEDM conference.

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