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Imec accepts role as TSMC Value Chain Aggregator in India

Posted: 18 Nov 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fabless  ASIC  foundry  wafer productions 

Imec has revealed an extended cooperation agreement to become a TSMC Value Chain Aggregator (VCA) in India. Under the terms of the agreement, Imec can offer full mask tape out and wafer production to Indian fabless semiconductor companies, system and design houses. The partnership will enable customers in the region to gain enhanced technical support and fast access to TSMC foundry services.

ASIC design for TSMC process technologies requires access to TSMC technology information, such as transistor models, standard cell libraries, memory compilers and IP blocks, among other components. For prototyping of the designed ASICs, customers can access TSMC Cybershuttle services through Imec. In addition, Customer-Owned Tooling (COT) services are available, such as access to TSMC technology files, library licences, design support, GDSII submission and preparation for production. Imec also offers its own digital backend design services and has extensive experience in qualification, packaging, test, and failure and yield analysis to further facilitate the process of bringing qualified ASIC solutions to the market.

Through its expanded presence and role as TSMC's VCA in India, Imec can increase its customer base, taking advantage of the associated economies of scale. The partnership will also allow for better cooperation between Imec and Indian companies as well as research institutes in applicable research domains, such as sensors, low power electronics, imaging, body area networks, energy devices and core CMOS technology.

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