Ideaded in Spain is planning to open a production cleanroom for plastic semiconductors in Barcelona.
The initial €12m cleanroom will have a footprint of 500 m² in Viladecans to develop and produce organic semiconductors.
The cleanroom will have a production capability of 5 to 20m units a year for chip development for the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything (IoT/IoE). The company says it is close to agreements with large global companies in sectors such as telecommunications, retail and automotive for the chips.
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During 2023 the company plans to hire 100 staff with expertise in thin film processing for the clean room as well as technology modelling. This would be a dramatic expansion over the current 100 researchers
After the pilot phase, the cleanroom will be expanded to 2,500 m² which would cost up to €200m and create 500 jobs.
The pilot cleanroom is backed by the Government of Catalonia with a E6m loan as well as by ACCIÓ-Catalonia Trade & Investment, the agency for business competitiveness in the Spanish Ministry of Business and Labour.
“There is a lot of talent in the country, with an enormous capacity to develop disruptive technologies, which today are mostly developed abroad: until now, Catalan professionals in this sector have had to go to work in other countries,” said Eduard Puig, CEO of Ideaded.
“Apart from serving companies that today are suffering from different logistics problems to source chips due to the current international situation, in Ideaded we are also open to collaborating with our top-level facilities to help make this technological ecosystem a reality in our country,” he said.
This follows Cisco opening its first European chip design centre in Barcelona, and Monolithic Power Systems creating 150 new jobs by expanding its presence in Catalonia. Intel is also opening a design lab in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS).