Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > EUROPRACTICE offers boon to nanotechnology researchers

Abstract:
The EUROPRACTICE integrated circuit (IC) service has brought the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) into its fold, furthering the close collaboration between this prominent semiconductor foundry and the Belgium-based Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (Imec), a leading nanoelectronics research centre.

EUROPRACTICE offers boon to nanotechnology researchers

EU | Posted on June 7th, 2010

As a result, TSMC's 40-nanometre technologies, which enable the low-cost prototyping and production of very low-power devices, will soon be available to many research centres and universities across Europe.

IC fabrication is extremely expensive. The EUROPRACTICE IC service, funded with EUR 3.15 million through the 'Information and communication technologies' Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), offers companies application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) services to help bring their products to market. Coordinated by Imec, the EUROPRACTICE IC service offers advanced prototyping technologies to 550 European universities and 50 research centres.

EUROPRACTICE negotiates with IC foundries to buy or share low-cost multi-project wafer (MPW) services. MPW services allow several teams working in different companies or research centres to combine their various integrated circuit designs onto a microelectronics wafer. In this way, private firms, students and researchers can share resources to create a small quantity of new designs at relatively low cost.

The new arrangement gives researchers access to TSMC's Cybershuttle MPW platform, a prototyping service that can integrate designs as small as 40 nanometres. It also allows teams to access TSMC's general purpose and low-power 'complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor' (CMOS) technologies. CMOS technology consumes relatively little power and is used to construct both digital (e.g. microprocessor) and analogue (e.g. image sensor) integrated circuits. CMOS products can pack a huge number of functions into a tiny space while producing very little waste heat.

The availability of these advanced fabrication technologies through the EUROPRACTICE IC service will be a boon to start-ups and companies with small niche markets, which are vital links in the innovation chain.

'Extending the partnership with Imec enhances our ability to support the growing innovation in the European semiconductor industry, particularly of small and medium enterprises, and enables European academia and research institutes to access TSMC's advanced technology offerings,' stated Maria Marced, President of TSMC Europe.

'We are very happy to extend our work together with TSMC,' added Carl Das, Director of Imec's EUROPRACTICE IC service. 'Imec is excited to add [TSMC's] 40 nanometre offering to its EUROPRACTICE university technology portfolio.' Mr Das pointed out that EUROPRACTICE is committed to providing 'the best and most advanced solutions to European academia and research institutes'.

For more information, please visit:

Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC): www2.imec.be/be_en/home.html

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC): www.tsmc.com/english/default.htm

EUROPRACTICE: www.europractice.com/

####

For more information, please click here

Copyright © CORDIS

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

Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries February 21st, 2017

Strem Chemicals and Dotz Nano Ltd. Sign Distribution Agreement for Graphene Quantum Dots Collaboration February 21st, 2017

Nominations Invited for $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience: Major international prize recognizes a visionary nanotechnology researcher February 20th, 2017

Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms: In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport February 20th, 2017

Academic/Education

Nominations Invited for $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience: Major international prize recognizes a visionary nanotechnology researcher February 20th, 2017

Oxford Nanoimaging report on how the Nanoimager, a desktop microscope delivering single molecule, super-resolution performance, is being applied at the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection November 22nd, 2016

The University of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria uses Deben tensile stages as an integral part of their computed tomography research and testing facility October 18th, 2016

Enterprise In Space Partners with Sketchfab and 3D Hubs for NewSpace Education October 13th, 2016

Chip Technology

Strem Chemicals and Dotz Nano Ltd. Sign Distribution Agreement for Graphene Quantum Dots Collaboration February 21st, 2017

Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics February 19th, 2017

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics: Creating integrated circuits just atoms thick February 18th, 2017

Research opens door to smaller, cheaper, more agile communications tech February 16th, 2017

Nanoelectronics

Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics February 19th, 2017

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics: Creating integrated circuits just atoms thick February 18th, 2017

1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips February 5th, 2017

Boron atoms stretch out, gain new powers: Rice University simulations demonstrate 1-D material's stiffness, electrical versatility January 26th, 2017

Announcements

Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries February 21st, 2017

Strem Chemicals and Dotz Nano Ltd. Sign Distribution Agreement for Graphene Quantum Dots Collaboration February 21st, 2017

Oxford Instruments announces Dr Brad Ramshaw of Cornell University, as winner of the 2017 Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize February 20th, 2017

Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms: In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport February 20th, 2017

Alliances/Trade associations/Partnerships/Distributorships

Strem Chemicals and Dotz Nano Ltd. Sign Distribution Agreement for Graphene Quantum Dots Collaboration February 21st, 2017

Leti Coordinating Project to Adapt Obstacle-Detection Technology Used in Autonomous Cars for Portable and Wearable Systems: INSPEX to Combine Knowhow of Nine European Organizations to Create Portable and Wearable Spatial-Exploration Systems February 2nd, 2017

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Expands Partner Program to Speed Time-to-Market of FDX™ Solutions: Increased support affirms FDXcelerator™ Program’s vital role in promoting broader deployment of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ FDX™ portfolio December 15th, 2016

Infrared instrumentation leader secures exclusive use of Vantablack coating December 5th, 2016

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