Imec cleanroom pushes towards ‘the ultimate IC technology’

Imec has opened a 4,000 square-metre 300mm cleanroom which brings its total clean room capacity to 12,000 square metres. It will give Imec the capability to scale ICs beyond 7nm.

Imec cleanroom pushes towards 'the ultimate IC technology'Installations of the first tools began in January 2016. The new 300mm cleanroom complements Imec’s other production facilities including its bio-nanolabs, neuroelectronics labs, imaging and wireless and electronics test labs, photovoltaic pilot lines, and GaN-on-Si, Silicon photonics and MEMS pilot lines.

“Since our founding in 1984, Imec has become the world’s largest independent nanoelectronics research center with the highest industry commitment,” says Imec CEO Luc Van den hove, “this success is the result of the unique combination of our broad international partner network, including the major global players of the semiconductor industry, top scientific and engineering talent, and imec’s one of a kind infrastructure. The extension of our cleanroom provides our partners with the necessary resources for continued leading edge innovation and Imec’s success in the future within the local and global high-tech industry.”

The cleanroom was constructed by M+W, The construction was completed in 20 months, and includes a reflecting facade, from Architect Stéphane Beel, which is intended to integrate the building with the environment.

The new cleanroom comprises a total investment (building and equipment) of more than 1 billion euro of which 100 million euro funding from the Flemish Government and more than 900 million euro investments from joint R&D with the leading players from the entire semiconductor industry, totaling more than 90 industrial partners.

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