ST Microelectronics is extending its agreement with Politecnico di Milano, a scientific-technological university, to build a joint research center for advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors.
Part of the collaboration includes the construction of a state-of-the-art 200 mm pilot line in addition to the current 150 mm line of the PoliFab clean room. The new pilot line will be dedicated to the development of new MEMS technologies and the support of research projects, training and thesis elaboration.
The joint research center will focus on advanced materials for sensors, giving professors, researchers and engineers a location to develop and design MEMS technology and create new MEMS products.
According to Guillaume Couzon, director of strategic marketing and communications for analog, MEMS, and sensor group at ST Microelectronics, the collaboration will help:
- Accelerate open innovation with academic parties.
- Fuel more research projects for MEMS.
- Develop competencies and talents in MEMS sensors.
“There is always innovation to be done in the semiconductor world, whether for MEMS or other types of components, whether disruptive or incremental,” Couzon said. “And we recognize the importance of being in the forefront of the market both in the improvement of existing sensors and in the development of new ones.”