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.
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.