|Industry||micro- and nano-electronics, solar cell|
|Genre||Independent research center|
|Founder||Roger Van Overstraeten|
Number of locations
|Taiwan, Japan, USA, China, Netherlands and India|
|Luc Van den Hove, President and CEO|
|Revenue||363 million Euro (2014)|
Number of employees
Imec, formerly the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre, is a micro- and nanoelectronics research center headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, India and Japan. Its staff of about 2200 people includes more than 700 industrial residents and 300 PhD researchers. In 2014 its revenues were over 363 million euros.
In 1982 the Flemish Government started a program to strengthen the microelectronics industry in Flanders. The program established a laboratory for advanced research in microelectronics, built on the academic reputation and prominence of the KU Leuven university, and in particular its ESAT laboratory. Another initiative was a training program for VLSI design engineers (INVOMEC and MTC, Microelectronics Training Center, now incorporated in Imec).
IMEC started in 1984 as a non-profit organization led by Professor Roger Van Overstraeten under the supervision of a board of directors, with delegates from industry, Flemish universities, and the Flemish Government. In June 1999, Professor Gilbert Declerck succeeded Roger Van Overstraeten as imec's CEO.
Since 2001, Institute for Materials Research in MicroElectronics (IMOMEC ) at the Hasselt University campus in Diepenbeek has been a department and associate laboratory of IMEC. It is the largest research institute of Hasselt University.
In 2005, IMEC and Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research set up Holst Centre. Holst Centre is a research center in the fields of Wireless Autonomous Transducer and Systems-in-Foil. Holst Centre is located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
By 2008, IMEC employed 1,600 researchers and engineers. Technology partners include leading companies such as Intel, Samsung, Panasonic, NVIDIA, STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors, GlobalFoundries, TSMC, Hynix, ASML, Xilinx, Altera, Cadence Design Systems, Qualcomm, Renesas, Siltronic, etc. In 2010, the center changed its name to imec. Imec hosts conferences and technology review meetings (e.g. ARRM, UCPSS), and provides a space where new technologies and techniques can be assessed, developed, refined and validated.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut"), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish government), and subsidiaries in other countries.
The imec campus contains office space, laboratories, training facilities, and technical support rooms. Two cleanrooms run a semi-industrial operation. The 300mm wafer equipment supports the More Moore research on sub-22 nm process technology. The second cleanroom handles wafers with a diameter of up to 200mm and is used for the More than Moore research. It supports semiconductor manufacturing processes with sensors, actuators, and MEMS and NEMS. Imec has, among others, a pilot line for silicon solar cells, unique laboratories for bioelectronics research, and equipment for materials characterization and reliability testing. For research on nomadic embedded systems, there are a DSP and multimedia lab, with EDA tools.
- sub-10 nm CMOS scaling
- Advanced lithography
- Logic devices
- Memory devices
- Interconnect scaling
- 3D system integration
- Optical interconnect
- GaN power electronics
- Wearable health monitoring
- Life sciences
- NERF-Neuroelectronics Research Flanders
- Exascience Life Lab
- Wireless communication
- 60 GHz wireless communication
- Ultra low power wireless communication
- Reconfigurable Radio - Analog/RF front-end
- Reconfigurable Radio - Digital baseband
- 79 GHz radar
- ADC Analog-to-Digital Converters
- Image sensors and vision systems
- Hyperspectral imaging
- Embedded CCD
- Backside illumination
- Ultrasound imaging
- Lens free microscopy
- Large Area Flexible Electronics
- Solar cells and batteries
- Silicon solar cells
- Thin-film solar cells
- Sensor systems for industrial applications
- Ultra-low power DSP
- Ultra-low power wireless communication
- Micro-power generation and storage
- Sensors and actuators
- CMOS heterogeneous integration
- Human++: wearable medical devices
- Life-Science technologies such as integrated micro-PCR, Neuroprosthetics, chips for in-vitro diagnostics, DNA sequencing and hybridisation, protein detection sensor technology, and high performance computing for life sciences
- Wireless communication
- CMOS-based nanoelectronics
- Nanotechnology and post-CMOS nanoelectronics
- Characterisation, reliability and modelling
- Multi-mode multimedia (M4) technologies
- Wireless autonomous transducer solutions
- Solar cells
- Large-area CMOS-based Image Sensors (Back-illuminated CIS)
- Advanced packaging and interconnection technologies ([Bumping], [WLP])
- 3D-chip stacking (Through-Silicon Vias)
- Power-efficient devices based on III-V Materials (GaN, GaAs...)
- Organic electronics
- RF devices and technology
- MEMS for RF and millimeterwave applications
- Design methodologies and technology in the context of EDA
- Power MEMS
- Flanders Technology International
- Institute for the promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT)
- Science and technology in Flanders
- "About imec: Company profile". Web site. Retrieved 15 April 2015.