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29 April 2019

SEMI partners with imec, CEA-Leti and Fraunhofer

SEMI of Milpitas, CA, USA (the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain) says that, in the three months since nanoelectronics research centre imec of Leuven, Belgium joined SEMI as a Strategic Association Partner under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in January, two additional leaders in nanoelectronics research – CEA-Leti of Grenoble, France and Germany’s Fraunhofer – have agreed to join forces by signing similar agreements. SEMI says that, by partnering with imec and now CEA-Leti and Fraunhofer, it brings global scale to three of the world’s top technology research and innovation centers to support and inspire the development of new products and technologies by its more than 2100 member companies.

Under the MOUs, SEMI will partner with imec, CEA-Leti and Fraunhofer to drive innovation and deepen industry alignment on technology roadmaps and international standards while adding technology depth to the more than five SEMI vertical application platforms including Smart Transportation, Smart MedTech, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Data and IoT.

“The addition of these premier technology research and innovation hubs epitomizes SEMI’s mission to connect, collaborate and innovate throughout the global electronics supply chain,” says SEMI’s president & CEO Ajit Manocha. “In return, SEMI provides access on our global platform to the $2 trillion global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain to enable new levels of innovation across the industry and bring new opportunities and greater value to our members,” he adds.

Under the agreements, the organizations will work to advance technology roadmaps, industry standards and cutting-edge technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that enable new capabilities across healthcare, automotive and other electronics manufacturing ecosystems. The aim is for that work will bring SEMI members closer to new customers, research partners and deep technical expertise.

As part of its commitment to its 600 plus partners globally, imec works to ready the ecosystem for innovation. SEMI and its members are part of this ecosystem and, by working with SEMI, imec aims to benefit its partners.

The CEA-Leti technology research institute has expertise, from sensors to data processing, artificial intelligence and computing solutions. It pioneered fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) low-power platforms for IoT, microsystem technology for low-cost multi-sensor solutions, and smart integration for highly connected and cost-effective devices. CEA-Leti’s mission is to pioneer disruptive technologies, enabling solutions that create value and strengthen its industrial partner’s competitiveness. By signing the agreement with SEMI, CEA-Leti continues working in that direction, reinforcing its relationships with its ecosystem.

As Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, Fraunhofer’s research is geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment.

Imec, CEA-Leti and Fraunhofer join the growing SEMI family of Strategic Association Partners, which includes the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG).

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