A deal has been closed for one of the world leaders in advanced chips and nanotechnology to arrive in Malaga

The government and the government of Andalusia signed an agreement with IMEC (acronym in English for the Microelectronic University Center, a world leader in research and development of nanoelectronic and digital technologies) to establish a pilot line for specialized technologies for production. Advanced chips in Malaga. According to a statement from the Ministry of Digital Transformation and Public Services, the agreement was signed this Wednesday at IMEC’s ​​headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

The Málaga headquarters will complement IMEC’s ​​headquarters in Leuven and will be the organization’s second largest in the world. It will focus on research into prototyping processes for 300 millimeter chips with new alternative materials for silicon, a key element in semiconductors.

Its main focus will be on complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, a technique in which chip transistors are built using two complementary types of semiconductors. These transistors are configured so that they complement each other to perform logic and signal amplification functions to save power, reduce manufacturing costs or improve their efficiency.

“The new innovative facility aims to complement IMEC’s ​​current 300mm advanced CMOS process line in Leuven, with new developments in 300mm processes and the introduction of new materials that are today difficult to combine with standard CMOS processes,” IMEC explained in a statement. .

“The two centers aim to be closely linked, complementing the expertise and infrastructure in Leuven with non-standard processes that are currently incompatible with semiconductor manufacturing processes,” the organization continues.

The agreement was formulated as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which all parties commit to collaborate on a pan-European scale to strengthen the Spanish semiconductor ecosystem “using local strengths, existing advantages in cross-border expertise”. the challenges of the global community, in addition to strengthening the regional economy,” the Ministry of Digital Transformation said.

Sources from the department headed by José Luis Escriva told elDiario.es that the memorandum still contains economic data, neither the investments IMEC will make in Spain nor the state subsidies it will receive. Not even the hiring projections for the new center in Malaga, which has become one of Europe’s major technology hubs. “These details have not yet been finalized,” they explain.

Founded in 1984, it is one of the world’s most important microelectronics research institutes. It collaborates with many companies, academic institutions and governments to carry out innovative research in nanotechnology, microelectronics, artificial intelligence, photonics or biotechnology. Their research is key to advancing the microchip industry.

The center will join Broadcom’s arrival in Spain, another industry leader. The American company announced last July an investment of 900 million euros in Spain to build a pioneering chip assembly plant in Europe.

Source: El Diario

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