Mass production of globally competitive electronics equipment relies heavily on the performance and availability of the latest microelectronics devices. The EUREKA MEDEA+ microelectronics Cluster FOREMOST project ensured that the advanced process modules and chip architectures required for full 45nm node CMOS logic and 50nm DRAM memory technologies are now being applied in European wafer-fabrication plants. This project enabled key European players in semiconductor manufacturing to develop these advanced technologies in line with market demands, thus safeguarding and boosting the position of Europe's chipmakers as well as their equipment and materials suppliers on the world stage. The 45nm technology developed in the first phase has already become the core process worldwide for mobile phone applications. Project results are also paving the way for future 32/28nm nodes.
There is constant pressure from the consumer electronics market, particularly in mobile devices, for ever smaller components offering ever greater performance while reducing power requirements. With global chip production moving fast to the 45nm node a measure of circuit detail Europe needed to ensure it could mass produce semiconductors to this new world standard.
Initial work had been carried out in the EU Sixth Framework Program (FP6) NANOCMOS project, which screened appropriate materials, device and interconnect architectures for 45 nm CMOS logic. Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology is the dominant process for integrated circuit manufacture worldwide and is used in microprocessors, microcontrollers, memory devices and other digital logic circuits.
Strong support from national public authorities
FOREMOST was setup within EUREKA with strong support from the national public authorities in France, Germany and the Netherlands, among others. "We aimed at developing advanced process modules and transistors architectures, and integr
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