Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > SRC and IMEC sign a MOU to jointly accelerate green manufacturing progress for semiconductor industry

Abstract:
Global effort will be a first among two international chip consortia, teams veteran researchers with common goal to reduce environmental impacts, improve IC processing

SRC and IMEC sign a MOU to jointly accelerate green manufacturing progress for semiconductor industry

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and LEUVEN, BELGIUM | Posted on February 17th, 2009

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, and IMEC, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics research center, intend to set up an international collaboration aimed at creation of novel processes and materials for advanced semiconductor manufacturing. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) calls for the consortia to apply their more than 50 years of combined expertise to finding more environmentally friendly ways to make chips for use by the worldwide electronics industry.

This unprecedented effort will bring together the SRC leadership in university research for sustainable high-performance materials and processes with IMEC's expertise in advanced research of deep-submicron IC process technologies and devices. The research will be conducted among IMEC and the joint SRC/SEMATECH Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing (CEBSM), a well-established resource known for its expertise in addressing strategic ESH-related research challenges.

The cooperative work will aim at two objectives: creation of leading-edge technologies that protect the environment, as well as more effective processes for lowering the costs of chip manufacturing. The results should benefit both the global population and the driver of the new technologies, the semiconductor industry.

SRC, IMEC, and CEBSM intend to start the first phase of this joint initiative with an emphasis in two areas. The first area focuses on sustainable cleaning and surface preparation of new materials and nano-structures. This research includes timely integration of new channel and gate materials, such as Germanium (Ge) and III/V compounds, which are precursors for deposition, etch chemicals and cleaning agents in future device manufacturing. This research will establish options for minimizing emissions and decreasing the usage of chemicals, water and energy during processing. Additionally, this joint initiative will explore novel in-line and real-time approaches for monitoring the efficacy of nano-structure cleaning processes.

The second joint research project area aims to explore sustainable high-performance material planarization processes. This research will advance the design and feasibility of process options that eliminate the release and discharge of nanoparticles in the manufacturing waste streams.

"Semiconductors have made enormous progress in speed, performance, and miniaturization, which places greater demand on the environmental aspects required to create these ‘brains' of the electronics world through ever-cleaner methods and materials," said Larry Sumney, president and CEO of SRC. "Joining the considerable talents of SRC and IMEC with the CEBSM's proven track record for high-impact ESH research demonstrates the commitment of the chip industry to stewardship of the global environment."

"By joining forces with CEBSM's experts, we will be able to complement our advanced semiconductor scaling research with ESH aspects already at a very early stage of researching new processes and materials for the next generation IC technologies;" said Gilbert Declerck, President and CEO of IMEC. "Such collaboration will offer our partners an added value towards future volume manufacturing."

Further details of the R&D plans covered by the MOU will be presented at the annual meeting of the CEBSM, February 19-20, 2009 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

About SRC

Celebrating 27 years of collaborative research for the semiconductor industry, SRC defines industry needs, invests in and manages the research that gives its members a competitive advantage in the dynamic global marketplace. Awarded the National Medal of Technology, America's highest recognition for contributions to technology, SRC expands the industry knowledge base and attracts premier students to help innovate and transfer semiconductor technology to the commercial industry. For more information, visit www.src.org.

####

About IMEC
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. IMEC vzw is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister company in the Netherlands, IMEC-NL, offices in the US, China and Taiwan, and representatives in Japan. Its staff of more than 1650 people includes about 600 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2008, its revenue (P&L) was estimated to EUR 264 million.
IMEC’s More Moore research aims at semiconductor scaling towards sub-32nm nodes. With its More than Moore research, IMEC looks into technologies 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 technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network worldwide position IMEC as a key partner for shaping technologies for future systems.

About CEBSM

The Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing (CEBSM) was established in 1996 by SRC and the US National Science Foundation as a unique university/industry consortium and the first center focused on the development of green and sustainable technologies for semiconductor manufacturing. It is one of the largest university consortia and a pioneer in the field of sustainability. CEBSM program is managed by SRC and is co-sponsored by SRC, Sematech/ISMI, over 35 industrial members, and currently 12 member universities. Examples of past technologies developed at CEBSM and transferred to industry are processes and materials for reducing the usage of PFCs, award-winning low-energy and low-water surface preparation processes, low-energy deposition processes, novel chemistries for patterning and etching, ESH issues of high-volume nano-manufacturing, and ESH aspect of nano-material.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Media contacts:
Scott Stevens
SRC
Cardinal Communications

T: +1.512.413.9540

Katrien Marent
Director of External Communications
IMEC

T: +32 16 28 18 80
Mobile : +32 474 30 28 66

Copyright © IMEC

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery: ANU media release: An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process May 27th, 2015

Nanotechnology identifies brain tumor types through MRI 'virtual biopsy' in animal studies: If results are confirmed in humans, tumor cells could someday be diagnosed by MRI imaging and treated with tumor-specific IV injections; new NIH grant will fund future study May 27th, 2015

Who needs water to assemble DNA? Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology May 27th, 2015

Controlled Release of Anticorrosive Materials in Spot by Nanocarriers May 27th, 2015

Chip Technology

Advance in quantum error correction: Protocol corrects virtually all errors in quantum memory, but requires little measure of quantum states May 27th, 2015

Technology for Tomorrow’s Market Opportunities and Challenges: LetiDays Grenoble Presents the Possibilities: June 24-25 Event Includes Focus on IoT-Augmented Mobility and Leti’s Latest Results on Silicon Technologies, Sensors, Health Applications and Smart Cities May 27th, 2015

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery: ANU media release: An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process May 27th, 2015

Who needs water to assemble DNA? Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology May 27th, 2015

Announcements

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery: ANU media release: An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process May 27th, 2015

Nanotechnology identifies brain tumor types through MRI 'virtual biopsy' in animal studies: If results are confirmed in humans, tumor cells could someday be diagnosed by MRI imaging and treated with tumor-specific IV injections; new NIH grant will fund future study May 27th, 2015

Who needs water to assemble DNA? Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology May 27th, 2015

Controlled Release of Anticorrosive Materials in Spot by Nanocarriers May 27th, 2015

Environment

Conversion of Greenhouse Gases to Syngas in Presence of Nanocatalysts in Iran May 22nd, 2015

Directa Plus in Barcelona to present the innovative project GEnIuS for oil spills clean-up activities: The company has created a graphene-based product for the remediation of water contaminated by oil and hydrocarbons May 21st, 2015

Nano-policing pollution May 13th, 2015

Chemists strike nano-gold: 4 new atomic structures for gold nanoparticle clusters: Research builds upon work by Nobel Prize-winning team from Stanford University April 28th, 2015

Alliances/Partnerships/Distributorships

Samtec, Global Provider of Interconnect Systems, Joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program May 21st, 2015

SUNY Poly CNSE and NIOSH Launch Federal Nano Health and Safety Consortium: May 20th, 2015

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Announces Official Launch of the Eagle Platinum Tile™ May 19th, 2015

DiATOME enables surface preparation for AFM and FIB May 19th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project