Imec and ARM collaborate on Design-Technology Co-Optimization for 7nm technology and beyond

Leuven (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) – July 11, 2016 – World-leading nanoelectronics research center imec has signed a strategic partnership with ARM, the company whose semiconductor IP technologies enable a third of all intelligent digital goods sold each year. ARM’s involvement with imec’s INSITE program will focus on addressing the impacts of circuit design and system-level architecture on power, performance, area and cost of nanotechnology chip process nodes from 7nm and beyond. 

“This strategic collaboration with ARM is extremely important for imec,” stated Luc Van den hove, president and CEO at imec. “Collaborating with ARM enables our partners to leverage imec’s process developments to accelerate their design cycle and shorten their time-to-market.”

“Advanced process nodes are vital in driving performance and efficiency and our collaboration with imec will push the boundaries of what consumers can expect,” said Simon Segars, chief executive officer, ARM. “Optimizing advanced nanotechnology nodes is highly complex and it needs focused expertise to meet challenges in areas such as patterning and power. Our collaboration delivers a breadth of talent, with imec’s experience in advanced logic, circuit and system design, ARM’s leadership in IP design for advanced CMOS technologies and support from across the well-established imec ecosystem.”

A variety of process options can be used to define a technology node, such as the type and number of lithography exposures, the device architecture such as FinFETs or lateral nanowires, the local interconnect scheme, cell architecture and the metallization scheme. Increasingly, optimizing the many choices requires detailed assessment of their interactions with the designs and applications which will utilize the technology. 

Initiated in 2009 and now with more than ten international partners, INSITE consolidates the technology knowledge of imec’s logic device scaling program to help companies anticipate new technologies when designing next-generation systems and applications. Studying process assumptions, design targets and trade-offs with expected system performance scaling, INSITE enables strategic product roadmap steering, early feedback toward technology specification, and early decisions on required architectural design changes. This knowledge enables faster learning cycles for technology adoption with reduced risks.

About imec

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics and photovoltaics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, India and Japan. Its staff of about 2,500 people includes about 740 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2015, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 415 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at Stay up to date about what’s happening at imec with the monthly imec magazine, available for tablets and smartphones (as an app for iOS and Android), or via the website 

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw, supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.), imec China (IMEC Microelectronics Shanghai Co. Ltd.), imec India (Imec IMEC India Private Limited) and imec USA (IMEC Inc.).

About ARM

ARM (LSE: ARM, NASDAQ: ARMH) designs technology at the heart of the world's most advanced digital products. We are enabling the development of new markets and transformation of industries and society, invisibly creating opportunity for a globally connected population. Our scalable, energy-efficient processor designs and related technologies deliver intelligence wherever computing happens, ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, digital TVs, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things. 

Our innovative technology is licensed by ARM® Partners who have shipped more than 86 billion System on Chip (SoCs) containing our intellectual property. Together with our Connected Community, we are breaking down barriers to innovation for developers, designers and engineers, ensuring a fast, reliable route to market for leading electronics companies. Learn more and join the conversation at

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