IMEC and TSMC today announce
that they have forged an Innovation Incubation Alliance to create a platform
enabling the development of innovative product solutions using emerging More-than-Moore
technology options. Integrating extra functionalities with foundry CMOS enables
customers to compete in emerging markets. By combining IMEC's expertise in design
+ technology R+D with TSMC's excellence in high-volume manufacturing, customers
will benefit from an early access to new More-than-Moore technologies and rapid
transition to volume manufacturing for their next generation electronic products.
Caption: XSEM overview of IMEC’s standard and fishbone cantilever designs with suspended Pt trace and sharp tips.
The IMEC-TSMC Innovation Incubation Alliance provides a platform for turning
your innovative concepts into packaged microsystem products with enhanced functionality.
Customers get access to emerging technologies, validate concepts at product
level, and rapidly transfer to volume manufacturing. IMEC and TSMC bring together
a multidisciplinary team of technologists, designers and test capabilities to
design + develop the next generation products based on innovative technology
+ design solutions. During the prototyping process at IMEC, compatibility
with existing TSMC technology manufacturing platforms will be pursued to ensure
a smooth transition to volume manufacturing at TSMC.
Optical, thermal, chemical, acoustical, bio-sensing, display, memory and wireless
communication functions have become a vital part of our multifunctional electronic
products. Moreover, miniaturization of all these functions into compact form
factors is essential to meet the consumer electronics demands for low-cost and
energy-efficient solutions. Besides the various More-than-Moore technology flavors,
such as mixed-signal elements, 3D-technologies, MEMS processes, Si photonics
and BiCMOS/HV, design + test tools and skills are needed to build these
new multifunctional electronic products.
IMEC's CMORE initiative covers the full trajectory from early technology
+ design exploration, to building technology platforms and design libraries,
and finally to product prototyping and the production of small volumes. IMEC's
CMORE initiative is supported by a skilled organization that operates a 200
+ 300mm R+D fab in a 24/7 mode.
“We are convinced that by joining our strengths, the IMEC-TSMC Innovation
Incubation Alliance will offer customers an industry wide platform to rapidly
bring innovative products to market;” said Maria Marced, President of
TSMC Europe. ”With its solid R+D track record and global scale industry
collaborations, IMEC is well positioned to demonstrate novel technology +
design solutions at product level.”
“We are pleased to expand our collaboration with TSMC in the More-than-Moore
field”, said Luc Van den hove, IMEC's President and CEO. “By
linking IMEC's R+D skills with TSMC's manufacturing skills during
the product development phase, the transition of More-than-Moore technologies
to high volume manufacturing will accelerate.”