April 4, 2011 — GLOBALFOUNDRIES, semiconductor foundry, signed a strategic long-term partnership on sub-22nm CMOS scaling and GaN-on-Si technology with the nanoelectronics R&D center imec. 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES becomes a full imec core CMOS partner. Imec’s sub-22nm core CMOS program aims at developing processes that can be used in high-volume manufacturing of future logic and memory ICs. The program encompasses material and device studies, tool and process step exploration, integration options and advanced characterization towards process technology platforms for the next generation of ICs, as well as exploring and developing the options for further generations.

The company will also closely collaborate on EUV lithography (EUVL), device technology for logic and memory, nano-interconnects and 3D integration together with other leading integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), foundries, fabless and fablite companies, equipment and material suppliers who are part of the imec research ecosystem.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES also joins the imec GaN research program, which aims at high-performance, cost-effective GaN devices on silicon. This program brings together leading IDMs, foundries, compound semiconductor companies, equipment suppliers and substrate suppliers to develop 8" GaN technology on silicon.

Partnering with GLOBALFOUNDRIES strengthens our collaboration with foundries, and by extension with IDMs and the fabless and fab-lite community, said Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec.

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Further information on imec can be found at

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a full-service semiconductor foundry with a global manufacturing and technology footprint. It was launched in March 2009 through a partnership between AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC). For more information on GLOBALFOUNDRIES, visit

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