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FOREMOST

FOREMOST

45-nm CMOS technology

Completed

Project type

FUI 1

Project holder

STMicroelectronics Grenoble

Partners

Air Liquide Electronics Systems

Non-members Partners

NXP

Challenges

CMOS technology is what drives all modern electronic devices. Today researchers are putting the final touches on 65 nm technology, which should go into production in 2007. But since semiconductor engineers typically introduce a new generation of technology every two years, it won't be long--by end-2008 at the latest--until the next generation (45 nm) is developed. Given the huge amount of R&D involved, several companies and research institutes decided to join forces under a single project: Foremost, accredited by the MEDEA+ technology cluster.

Objectives

Foremost aims to establish a complete CMOS 45 nm engineering and production network able to make more-fully-integrated electronic chips by 2013. It spans: - CMOS transistor fabrication technology; - CMOS transistor interconnect technology; - SRAM circuit demonstrators with memory points ranging in size from 0.248 µm² to 0.334 µm².

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Budget

NC

Duration

30 month

Human resources allocated

536 men/year