The facility intends to complement Imec’s existing 300mm advanced CMOS process line in Leuven, Belgium, with new 300mm processes developments and the introduction of new materials that are difficult to combine today with standard CMOS processes.

The new facility aims to answer the industry’s need for R&D, prototyping and pave the road to the manufacturing of promising, new technologies.

Imec signs MoU for Andalusian 300mm pilot line for non-standard IC processes

The facility aims to leverage the advantages of  300mm semiconductor process technology to drive new applications in health care, life sciences, photonics, augmented and virtual reality and precision sensing.

It will complement  the existing expertise and infrastructure in Leuven with non-standard processes that are currently incompatible with semiconductor manufacturing processes, the two sites are meant to be closely linked.

Negotiations will now start with an eye to finding a strong public-private cooperation model, between Imec, the Spanish government and the government of Andalusia.

The governments already agree to support the construction of the new facility including the advanced equipment. They have also formulated the intention to financially support the pilot line’s operations in a sustainable, long-term manner, to the benefit of its growing semiconductor ecosystem.

Imec intends to manage the operations, provide the required knowledge and technology, and guarantee access to its global academic and industrial partner network.

By establishing this new facility, which is closely connected to Imec’s Leuven-based 300mm pilot line, the goal is to harness the innovation potential in Spain and Andalusia.