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Electronics Production | June 03, 2009

TSMC to base European research at IMEC

IMEC, a European independent nanoelectronics research center on process technology for the IC manufacturing, has signed a research agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
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 fablite companies, and material and equipment suppliers collaborate on research and development, 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 clean room infrastructure which is currently been expanded to house the semiconductor manufacturing tools, allowing to research technologies ahead of industrial needs. IMEC and its members can benefit from TSMC’s technology roadmap and platform expertise, customers, suppliers, and ecosystem partners.

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