The Institute for Microelectronics Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) receives a grant of three million euros from the Baden-Württemberg Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau to support the conversion of the research infrastructure. This was announced by Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, in Stuttgart. "As a state-wide competence center for intelligent microchips, IMS CHIPS is an indispensable part of Baden-Württemberg's industry-oriented research infrastructure," said the Minister.
The subsidised acquisition of a so-called "Step&Repeat imagesetter" at a cost of 4.5 million euros marks the end of the "conversion of the research infrastructure to 8-inch wafer technology" project. In order to remain competitive on the market, IMS CHIPS will have to convert from the previously used 6-inch wafer technology to the current 8-inch technology by the end of 2020. With the purchase of the device, IMS CHIPS can now produce structures with a width of 0.5 µm and less on the wafers.
"IMS CHIPS is an important competence center for our industry in the field of silicon wafer technology. However, the prerequisite for this is that the research infrastructure meets the standards commonly used in the industry. Against this background, the switch to 8-inch technology is indispensable," says Hoffmeister-Kraut.
Further information can be found in the press release Pressemeldung auf "Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg"