imec offers PragmatIC plastic chip multiproject wafers across Europe

imec offers PragmatIC plastic chip multiproject wafers across Europe

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By Nick Flaherty

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Research consortium Europractice is now offering low cost, fast access to the flexible integrated circuit foundry services of PragmatIC Semiconductor through imec in Belgium.

The Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) services will now offer flexible plastic chip fabrication from Pragmatic Semiconductor, headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and production in Durham to researchers and small companies across Europe. A key advantage of the process is that the design and turn around time is dramatically shorter than CMOS silicon.

“We are delighted to offer our FlexIC foundry services to Europractice customers,” said Dr Francesca Bottacchi, Pragmatic’s Account Manager, Foundry. “Our rapid cycle time takes designs from tape-out to delivery in around six weeks, empowering customers to drastically reduce product development time, perform early end-user testing, and accelerate time to market. The physical flexibility of our IC also enables novel use cases that are simply not possible with conventional silicon chips.”

“At Europractice we have always been committed to supporting the innovation efforts of European academia and SMEs, and we are glad to continue this mission by incorporating Pragmatic’s FlexIC technology into our technology portfolio,” said Dr Maria Martinez Valado, Program Manager at imec. “This further strengthens our ability to provide our customers access to cutting-edge technologies, and reinforces our dedication to fostering innovation in Europe.”

imec will support customers with access to Pragmatic’s thin-film transistor (TFT) technology combined with conventional semiconductor processing equipment to offer FlexIC plastic chip development and production.

Europractice is a consortium with imec, UKRISTFC in the UK, Fraunhofer IIS in Germany, CIME-P from Grenoble INP in France and the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland. Over the years, EUROPRACTICE has been supported by the European Commission, which allowed expansion into new markets and continuation of the high-quality service to more than 600 academic institutions and over 300 SMEs.;;


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