European project opens up nanoelectronics infrastructure
Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, CEA-Leti in France and imec in Belgium, have entered into a collaborative open-access project called ASCENT (Access to European Nanoelectronics Network), to mobilise European research capabilities.
The â‚¬4.7 million project will make the unique research infrastructure of three of Europe's premier research centres available to the nanoelectronics modelling-and-characterisation research community.
ASCENT will share best scientific and technological practices, form a knowledge-innovation hub, train new researchers in advanced methodologies and establish a first-class research network of advanced technology designers, modellers and manufacturers in Europe. The aim is to strengthen Europe's knowledge in the integral area of nanoelectronics research.
The three partners will provide researchers access to advanced device data, test chips and characterisation equipment.
The partners' respective facilities represent over â‚¬2 billion of combined research infrastructure with credentials in advanced semiconductor processing, nanofabrication, heterogeneous and 3D integration, electrical characterisation and atomistic and TCAD modelling. This is the first time that access to these state-of-the-art devices and test structures will become available anywhere in the world, according to the project partners.
The project will engage industry directly through an 'Industry Innovation Committee' and will feed back the results of the open research to device manufacturers, giving them crucial information to improve the next generation of electronic devices.
Speaking on behalf of project coordinator, Tyndall National Institute, CEO Kieran Drain said: "We are delighted to coordinate the ASCENT programme and to be partners with world-leading institutes CEA-Leti and Imec. Tyndall has a great track record in running successful collaborative open-access programmes, delivering real economic and societal impact. ASCENT has the capacity to change the paradigm of European research through unprecedented access to cutting-edge technologies. We are confident that ASCENT will ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of global nanoelectronics development."
"The ASCENT project is an efficient, strategic way to open the complementary infrastructure and expertise of Tyndall, Leti and Imec to a broad range of researchers from Europe's nanoelectronics modelling-and-characterisation sectors," said Leti CEO Marie-Noëlle Semeria. "Collaborative projects like this, that bring together diverse, dedicated and talented people, have synergistic affects that benefit everyone involved, while addressing pressing technological challenges."
"In the frame of the ASCENT project, three of Europe's leading research institutes - Tyndall, imec and Leti - join forces in supporting the EU research and academic community, SMEs and industry by providing access to test structures and electrical data of state-of-the-art semiconductor technologies," stated Luc Van den hove, CEO of Imec. "This will enable them to explore exciting new opportunities in the 'More Moore' as well as the 'More than Moore' domains, and will allow them to participate and compete effectively on the global stage for the development of advanced nano-electronics."
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 65384