IMEC is Europe’s largest independent research center in nano-electronics and nano-technology, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. It has daughter companies in the Netherlands (IMEC-NL), offices in the US, China and Taiwan, and representatives in Japan. Its staff of more than 1,650 people include over 500 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2009, IMEC’s revenue was 274.8 million euro. IMEC’s More Moore research targets semiconductor scaling for sub-32nm nodes. With its More than Moore research, IMEC invents technology for nomadic embedded systems, wireless autonomous transducer solutions, biomedical electronics, photovoltaics, organic electronics and GaN power electronics. IMEC’s research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technological development in industry. Its unique processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong and worldwide network position IMEC as a key partner for shaping the technology for future systems.
Expertise in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec’s research strategy is based on finding solutions – with nanoelectronics – for the challenges faced by society in the coming decennium. These challenges include generating sustainable energy, better and more efficient healthcare, and ubiquitous communication.
In the business line imec core CMOS , IMEC works on all aspects of further increasing the density and power of logic and memory ICs. Currently, the focus is on (sub-)22nm technology nodes. The work includes exploring new device architectures, new materials, and new process steps for logic, DRAM, and non-volatile memory (such as Flash). With imec CMOS -based heterogeneous integration (CMORE), imec focuses on integration, advanced packaging, silicon nanophotonics, and power electronics. This business line also offers a design, prototyping, and small-volume service for heterogeneous ICs. The business line Human++ works on innovative solutions in the healthcare domain. Within Human++, imec and Holst Centre in The Netherlands develop technologies for wearable and implantable body area networks, with low-power components, radios and sensors. A second topic is life sciences, where R&D focuses on finding better diagnostics and cures. With its business line imec Energy, imec works on finding solutions for a more sustainable generation and use of energy. This includes R&D on photovoltaics and power electronics.
Role in the EMM Nano program
The role of IMEC in the project is to support with the promotion and the organisation of the program, advice in the definition and development of the curriculum, sustainability support by making available high quality teachers for the program, hosting of students for internships, making available of their infrastructure for the research, employability by making available PhD positions for the graduates of the program, workplacement by establishment of a network of companies where students and graduates can find a job after graduation, organizing of workshops and lectures (e.g.for the lecture series), coordinator and active member of the industrial advisory board.