Imec, World Leader of Nanoelectronics Research, to Receive 2011 IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition
The award, sponsored by IEEE, recognizes Imec for continuous contributions to the standard integrated circuit technology complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) and for innovations in global business development and university-industry collaborations. The award has been presented on 20 August 2011 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in San Francisco.
Founded in 1984 in Leuven, Imec has tackled the roadblocks to continued scaling of transistor size with innovations in CMOS integrated circuit development. Providing high noise immunity and low power consumption, the CMOS process is used to construct integrated circuits and has been responsible for increased computing power, size reduction of computing systems and the emergence of embedded systems. The solutions provided by Imec and its partners have ultimately resulted in consumer electronics that are more powerful and less expensive.
A key component of Imec’s success is its distinctive model of collaboration with industrial partners through strategic industrial affiliation programs. This allows industry to share talent and intellectual property and to reduce risk through co-investment and ultimately accelerate research using Imec’s pilot lines. Imec has also an extensive library of intellectual property know-how that can be transferred or tuned to the needs of company. Also, over 30 spin-off companies have been created to bring Imec innovations to market for computer, biomedical, healthcare and energy applications.
With headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics, leveraging its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in information and communication technologies, healthcare and energy. Imec has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, the United States, China, India and Japan. Its staff of about 1,900 people includes over 500 industrial residents and guest researchers..