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IMEC India, Wipro partner for nanoelectronic tech

Posted: 26 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:partnership  nanoelectronic solutions  emerging markets 

IMEC has announced the establishment of IMEC India in Bangalore, Karnataka. IMEC is an independent applied research organisation that carries out research activities in semiconductor, nanotechnology and nanoelectronics, delivering industry relevant technology solutions.

This move is IMEC's first step towards the Indian market. Together with the new office in India, IMEC also signed a partnership agreement with Wipro Technologies, global information technology, consulting and outsourcing business of Wipro Limited.

IMEC and Wipro have created a joint initiative to co-innovate and build next generation intelligent systems, called Applied Research in Intelligent Systems Engineering (ARISE). By bringing together an experienced team of system designers, user designers, process, software and system architects, this initiative aims to develop nanoelectronics and NEMS-(Nano Electro Mechanical Systems) based solutions for emerging markets like India.

The joint initiative will initially focus on developing intelligent systems based on next generation sensors, wireless and energy harvesting technologies for key industry verticals. The core team for the joint centre being set up in Bangalore will draw specialist teams from Wipro and IMEC, with additional hiring from global talent pools across industry and academia, to create a team of highly qualified engineers/scientists.

The solutions will leverage IMEC's heterogeneous semiconductor process integration platform—CMORE—that offers design, prototyping and low-volume production of systems-on-chip that can combine logic with mechanical, chemical or optical functions.

Emerging markets, consisting of 80 per cent of the global population, offer great opportunities for intelligent products to be designed ground up to address its unique needs. Nanoelectronics is the cornerstone to provide such products, addressing societal challenges such as efficient and sustainable healthcare system, sustainable urbanisation, and sustainable use of energy. IMEC has an excellent track record of pioneering nanoelectronics technologies and providing solutions in global partnerships with leading companies. Wipro, on the other hand, is a leader in bringing IT solutions and product design services to market. The partnership will leverage the technology capability of IMEC and Product Engineering and IT integration expertise of Wipro to build right solutions for emerging market.

"Our partnership with Wipro underlines our commitment towards providing solutions for emerging markets," said Luc Van den hove, president and CEO, IMEC. "I'm confident that Wipro's product engineering expertise, industry vertical presence and understanding of the emerging markets will augment our research capability to develop cost-efficient products for many new markets including India," Van den hove said.

The Wipro-IMEC partnership is unique in bringing together a leading Research organisation in nanotechnology and a system & software engineering leader. The R&D alliance is open to other players to participate and build system prototypes based on concurrent innovations in nanotechnology and system engineering, enabling novel applications for emerging markets. Rajesh Ram Mishra, vice president, Wipro Technologies will head this joint initiative.

"This Wipro-IMEC initiative 'ARISE' will act as a bridge between industry, academia and research labs to bring in a combination of applied research, system & business design and product engineering capabilities under one roof to deliver highly affordable and sustainable solutions for emerging markets," said T. K. Kurien, CEO, IT business and executive director, Wipro Limited. "This further underlines our commitment towards solving emerging market challenges through future ready technologies. ARISE will also be a key enabler in reverse innovation of successful emerging market solutions to address the global need," Kurien added.

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