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Panasonic, IMEC sign joint research contract

Posted: 14 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor process  networks  wireless  biomedical 

Nanoelectronics research centre IMEC and Panasonic Corp. have signed a joint research contract concerning the most advanced technologies in the semiconductor, networks, wireless, and biomedical fields.

Research will be carried out at the Leuven (Belgium) facilities and IMEC's research unit at Holst Centre in Eindhoven (the Netherlands).

Since 2004, Panasonic has been participating in IMEC's joint research platform on the most advanced semiconductor process technologies as a core partner to accelerate its open innovation in this field. The world's first mass production of the SoC with 65nm and 45nm processes such as Panasonic's "UniPhierR" uses the results of the joint research with IMEC. The current comprehensive joint research programme covering most of the research domains of IMEC will start by expanding the collaboration scope from advanced semiconductor process technology to include application areas of semiconductors.

For this purpose, the Panasonic IMEC Centre will be established at the IMEC premises in December. It will conduct R&D on network technology such as dynamically reconfigurable software-defined radio, ultra low power consumption wireless communication technology for healthcare and lifestyle monitoring and biomedical technology such as next generation biosensors.

Panasonic is enhancing its R&D in networks, healthcare devices and semiconductor technologies in order to realise an environmentally-friendly ubiquitous networked society. The Japanese firm will also make further acceleration of R&D on cutting-edge technologies by expanding the scheme of joint research with IMEC.

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