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Imec Opens Florida Design Center for PICs, Expands Foundry Services

Photonics.com
Jul 2016
OSCEOLA, Fla., July 8, 2016 — Nanoelectronics research center imec has opened imec Florida, a design center focusing on photonics and high-speed electronics integrated circuit (IC) design.

The organization said it has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Central Florida, Osceola County and the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR), to establish fabrication facilities for the development and production of III-V-on-silicon devices for a range of applications including terahertz and lidar sensors, high-speed electronics and photonic devices.

Through imec Florida, imec’s design, prototyping and low-volume production service — imec IC-link — will provide the U.S. market low-cost access to advanced foundry services, helping entrepreneurs design and bring products to market.

Funding for imec Florida will come from Osceola County and the University of Central Florida; the County said the project represents a five-year, $15 million investment.

Imec, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, performs research in nanoelectronics and photovoltaics. Its staff of about 2,500 people includes about 740 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2015, imec’s revenue (profit and loss) totaled €415 million.


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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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