Imec opens cleanroom of 4,000 square meters for chip research

Mar

12

2016

Imec has on Friday, March 11th opened a new clean room in Leuven, which will be used for research on future chip generations. The new construction will increase the total area of ​​cleanrooms with imec to 7200m².

The new addition is named FAB3 and vibration created by the installation on 831 concrete piles which eighteen meters deep in the ground. In addition, there is a large concrete mass having a surface area of ​​four thousand square meter and the thickness of ninety centimeters, the so-called waffle plateau. A cleanroom must dust- and vibration-free because otherwise errors can creep into chips. A speck of dust has, like imec himself says , “an impact as a meteorite impact on the city of Leuven.

It took twenty months to build the clean room, and the installation of the equipment began in January 2016. The total investment in the building and the equipment is around one billion euros, of which one hundred million grant from the Flemish government. The remaining nine hundred million coming from IMEC’s ​​industrial partners.

The opening took place in the presence of the Prime Minister of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois. Architect Stéphane Beel designed the building. The reflective facade should fully integrate well into the environment. Imec performs research in the field of nanoelectronics. Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. In addition, there are also offices elsewhere in the world, such as in Eindhoven, the US, Taiwan, Japan, China, and India. Imec was set up in 1984 by the Flemish government to strengthen Flanders microelectronics industry. Now it is one of the largest research centers in Europe within its field.

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