200mm MEMS line boost for joint sensor lab in Milan

June 14, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
200mm MEMS line boost for joint sensor lab in Milan
STMicroelectronics and Politecnico di Milano in Italy are to set up joint sensor research centre that will be open to external companies and add a new 200mm silicon line for MEMS devices

STMicroelectronics is to set up a joint MEMS and sensor research lab with Politecnico di Milano and update the current 150mm silicon line at the university with an additional 200mm line.

The new joint research centre on advanced materials for sensors (STEAM) builds on a long term collaboration between the two, and will give researchers all the means to conceive, design and develop MEMS technology and to create new MEMS products. It will also be open to external companies for research and prototype development.

The core of its global MEMS R&D operations is in Lombardy, close to Milan, so the agreement will also contribute to ST’s research and development roadmap in advanced sensors, MEMS and analogue technologies used in advanced MEMS, motion control, power electronics, and galvanic isolation.

The agreement will also see an infrastructure upgrade for the Politecnico di Milano, starting with the construction of a state-of-the-art 200mm pilot line for the development of new MEMS technologies.

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“The research centre between Politecnico di Milano and STMicroelectronics is the result of an extraordinary joint effort on key areas such as sensors and artificial intelligence," said Ferruccio Resta, said Rector of Politecnico di Milano. "This investment also aims at innovating for the manufacturing sector, driver of the Italian economy. The laboratory, open to companies, is part of an ambitious project to create a real innovation district in the Parco dei Gasometri in Bovisa (a neighborhood of Milan). Here a real world-class ecosystem will develop, capable of competing with the best efforts abroad. The center of excellence embodies the interaction between public and private sectors, between universities and companies. It is one of the strategic activities of the university, increasingly oriented towards the development of advanced research and the competitiveness of the territory."

“This agreement between ST and the Politecnico di Milano will be a key contributor to our MEMS and sensors research and development operations. It is a great example of what can be done within the framework of ST’s global approach to cooperative research with universities and research bodies: supporting leading technology and engineering ecosystems where ST is present, developing talent, and building the future together,” said Jean-Marc Chéry, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics. “We see significant value and opportunity in expanding our cooperation to investigate, understand, and develop technologies and skills to meet our future business needs in such areas as advanced MEMS, motion control, power electronics, and galvanic isolation.” 

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