Partners

The consortium we have gathered is composed of 9 leading European players, coordinated by the Spintec laboratory. Synergies between partners are high and field of competences clearly established. In parallel, an Advisory Board comprising major European-based players representing IDMs (Independent Device Manufacturers) and foundries is put together to ensure optimal exploitation.

  • A high level R&D team: SPINTEC, ETHZ, ICN, KIT and NCRS-D are research institutions with a wealth of experience in European projects and new magnetic application developments
  • Linked up with top CMOS technology transfer platform; LETI has set-up over the years a flexible R&D clean room for the microfabrication of 100mm wafers. 
  • Collaborating with focused Small and Medium Size Companies: Social and economic cohesion will be particularly enhanced by 3 highly motivated SMEs: InSilicio, Singulus and Toplink Innovation.

Partners

Advisory board

CNRS - SPINTEC

Spintec is a laboratory jointly operated by CEA, CNRS and UJF, in partnership with G-INP. It is fully dedicated to spintronics research, with the aim to bridge the gap between fundamental research and applications. It was created in 2002 and rapidly expanded to currently reach ~60 people (~25 permanent). It is located in the MINATEC campus, close to LETI facilities. Spintec brings together expertise in fundamental physics such as theory and modelling, new materials, spin-transfer torque, spin current-induced domain-wall motion and magnetization dynamics, as well as in device-oriented technologies such as CAD tools and circuit design, technology integration and functional testing. This synergy has placed SPINTEC at the forefront of spintronics research. Consistent with its mission at the crossroad of research and technology, Spintec has many connections with international laboratories and companies. Spintec has also been developing a strong collaboration with LETI for technology development and transfer to third parties. This joint effort has led to the creation of a start-up company, Crocus Technology, in 2006.

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Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN)

The Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN), is a research centre of the Generalitat de Catalunya established in 2005. ICN is part of the Nanocluster of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, which brings together also the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB), and the Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (CNM). This partnership constitutes one of the largest concentrations of nanotechnology institutes in southern Europe and provides access to a great number of nanofabrication and characterization facilities. ICN employs presently 140 people, of which 72% are scientific staff and 38% women, working in key aspects of nanotechnology involving magnetic materials, spintronics, quantum electronics, and chemistry. ICN has a successful track record of participation in European research programmes (18 projects) and has leveraged these collaborations to build a solid research and management infrastructure that enables it to support large-scale projects.

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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation established on 01/10/2009 as merger of Universitat Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest research centers in the Helmholtz Association. Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities. The Chair of Dependable Nano Computing (CDNC) headed by Prof. Tahoori, investigates emerging technologies for computing as well as dependability aspects in design and implementation of computing schemes using emerging nanotechnologies. The main expertise of this group revolves around design of robust system design, testing aspects of computing systems, emerging technologies for computing, and hardware design automation.

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Demokritos National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR-D)

The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) and the Institute of Microelectronics, of the NCSR D (www.demokritos.gr), were established in 1987 as the key institutes of the NCSR ‘Demokritos’, the major research centre in Greece, related to materials preparation, processing and nanostructuring. Areas of interest are magnetic thin films for magnetic recording, sensors for memories (MRAM, STT-MRAM), semiconductor materials and micro-nanofluidics, advanced ceramics for sensors, microelectronics and energy related applications. The activities are supported by a powerful infrastructure in terms of expertise and equipment in areas such as synthesis (Thin Film using MBE, e-beam, laser ablation and sputtering and screen printing), electron spectroscopy (SEM, TEM, AFM, MFM), spectrometry (Mossbauer, EPR, NMR, FT-ERP, ICP, NQR), magnetotrasport characterization from 4.2-400 K and nanopatterning using a new VISTEC-EBPG5000plus system and device characterization.

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CEA - LETI

LETI is a large organization (>800 people) with a department focused on silicon-based technology. LETI currently owns and operates a high-tech 200/300mm clean-room fully equipped with state of the art tools, which enables the fabrication of real devices on large scale wafers. This gives access to a complete line for fabrication and characterization of devices from silicon to chips. LETI brings expertise in spinelectronics nano-device fabrication and RF components materials development. It has a longstanding expertise in the integration of magnetic materials for spintronics application using integration routes for 100 and 200mm magnetic nano-device fabrication, process flow and circuits conception, above IC integration and structural and electrical characterization. To this adds a newly available 200 mm IBS deposition tool for spin electronics materials, with focus on the realization MgO based magnetic tunnel junction of low RA and high TMR. The laboratory successfully lead the European project “NEXT” to the demonstration of the feasibility of Thermally Assisted MRAM on 200mm line with international recognition.

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In Silicio

In Silicio (2004) is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) company with the ambition to build up into a high value provider of simulation software technology and solutions for Technology Computer Assisted Design (TCAD), specially focusing on spintronics related applications, to enable equipment and device vendors to better design and manufacture innovative equipments, processes and products involving nano-scale manufacturing and/or device operation. In Silicio has already developed and is selling worldwide two highly regarded software products addressing some of the most pressing challenges in this context (Proteus 2D & Spinflow 3D). In Silicio which has been awarded the national prize for high tech start-up company creation (French ministry of research, 2004), is rapidly growing a customer base worldwide (Europe, US and Asia/Pacific) for its software products and services offering.

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Singulus Technologies AG

Singulus’ Nano Deposition Technologies group was established to offer thin film vacuum deposition tools specifically for MRAM and semi-conductor technology and to be a development partner for new cell concepts. Singulus is manufacturing now the 2nd generation TIMARIS PVD bridge tool, capable of handling all wafers sizes up to 300 mm diameter. Besides producing cluster tools for all types of MRAM technology (conventional, STT-MRAM and TAS-MRAM), Singulus has shipped systems to the hard drive industry for production of thin film heads. Singulus is the only European maker of deposition tools which demonstrates high performance for STT-MRAM applications, as the unique production concept allows an efficient production with a low cost of ownership. Singulus participated together with Crocus in the NEXT-MRAM (IST-2001-37334) EU project, which provided the MRAM concept demonstration leading to the creation of Crocus – and was awarded an FP6-DESCARTES 2006 Finalist Prize for Excellence In Collaborative Research. Singulus is also a partner in the MAGWIRE-Project for the development of Magnetic Nanowires for High Density Non Volatile Memories (FP7-ICT-2009-7).

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Toplink Innovation

Ideally located nearby Toulon, between Sophia-Antipolis and Aix-Marseilles famous technology areas, Toplink Innovation is French Private Company, delivering High-Tech Consulting Services to innovative Organizations. Its Mission consists in promoting Innovation while experiencing excellence, in order to strengthen its customers Positioning and Competitiveness, which are the European players for tomorrow (High-tech Industries and SMEs, Laboratories and Universities, Governmental Institutions). TOPLINK Innovation is staffed with expert consultants and R&D project managers, skilled in signal processing, microelectronics/nanotechnologies, embedded computing systems and information technologies. Its know-how is to facilitate Innovation and financial process during the 3 major Innovations steps: 1) Strategic Development (assessment of marketing positioning, technology and competition survey, Business planning…). 2) Innovation Management (R&D innovative projects set-up and management in partnership, skills networking). 3) Outcomes Valuation (technology licensing agreements, Industrial Partnerships, Sales Strategy).

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Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)

ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well-known for its high education standards, ground-breaking fundamental research and for putting its new findings directly into practice. Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today has some 18,000 students from over 100 different countries, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. Transferring its knowledge to the private sector and society at large is one of ETH Zurich’s primary concerns, as borne out by the 80 new patent applications each year and some 260 spin-off companies that emerged from the institute between 1996 and 2012. The Chair of Magnetism and Interface Physics led by Prof. Gambardella focuses on the investigation of magnetic phenomena in materials with novel structural and electronic properties. In particular, on the fabrication and study of magnetic interfaces with enhanced spin-orbit coupling (metal/oxide and metal/semiconductor heterostructures). The experimental activity relies on magnetic, transport, synchrotron radiation, and scanning probe measurements.

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Micron Technology

Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc.,visit www.micron.com

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Towerjazz Semiconductors (Israel)

Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Israel) manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron, offering a broad range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), MEMS and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) capabilities. In particular, together with Crocus Technologies, Tower Semiconductor Ltd. developed TAS-MRAM process and became the only European foundry that integrated magnetic memory in the CMOS process flow. MRAM of different types, including STT-MRAM, are in the Company’s roadmap.

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European Nanoelectronics Infrastructure for Innovation

The objective of ENI2 is to organize and cluster, in some well defined domains, the R&D Nanoelectronics activities in Europe and to build-up a European ecosystem which combines and structures in a coherent and interactive way academic laboratories, institutes and industrialists sharing long term objectives and so creating a durable Infrastructure research environment. Other important aspects to be addressed are in one hand the international cooperation, which could allow for Europe’s researchers to work with the best scientists in the world, and in other hand the development of adapted learning courses corresponding better to industrial needs. The consortium consists of the leading universities, institutes and industrialists involved in the Nanoelectronics field.

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