SemIndia & IMEC intend to partner for research on next-generation semiconductor technologies
SemIndia, India's leading semiconductor company and IMEC, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics and nanotechnology research institute based in Belgium, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in semiconductor R&D collaboration. SemIndia, which is planning to build a semiconductor fab in Hyderabad (India), intends to take up research with IMEC on the next generations of semiconductor process technologies. The MoU signing ceremony in Bangalore was graced by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt and the Indian Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram.
SemIndia intends to set up a semiconductor foundry by 2007 with production ramp up beginning of 2009, with IMEC as its strategic fab technology research partner. The collaboration would focus on developing foundry-compatible 130nm and 90nm CMOS processes for logic and mixed-signal products for e.g. the cellular market. To this end, SemIndia will build on IMEC's long-term expertise in developing and transferring advanced CMOS processes. In a second phase, SemIndia intends to collaborate with IMEC on the technologically advanced semiconductor processes of 65nm and 45nm.
Vinod Agarwal, Founder, Chairman & CEO of SemIndia, reiterated the need for semiconductor fabs as the growth vector for India's technology leadership and averred, "SemIndia has always partnered with the best in class companies and institutions. This SemIndia-IMEC partnership will help us stay ahead in this extremely dynamic sector through R&D initiatives for next generation semiconductor products. Such partnerships for fabs in India will help create technologically superior 'Made in India' semiconductors and will pave the path for our country's leadership in the coming decades."
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