Spintec has many partnerships with universities, research centers and companies across the world, some of which, by virtue of vicinity or complemetary skillset, are key to our activity.
Neighbouring LETI is one of the major centers worldwide for advanced technology development. It boasts 2 pilot lines, a 300mm (12") line for advanced CMOs development, and a 200mm (8") pilot line dedicated to heterogeneous integration and MEMS. A magnetic back-end process is implemented on the 200mm line and serves our needs for prototyping / full scale demonstration. Its transfer to the 300mm line is under currently under investigation.
CMP (Circuits-Multi-Projets), located within walking distance on the G-INP downtown campus, is the leading European organization for multi-project wafers (MPW) offering. With the cost of CMOS maskset in advancved technology nodes approaching $1M, it is clear that MPW is the only solution for a laboratory to develop full CMOS chips. CMP serves various technologies (HV / LP CMOS, SOI, SiGe, ...), with nodes from 180/130nm at AMS to 65/45nm at ST Microelectronics.
Institut Néel, one of the biggest laboratories of France’s National Research Council (CNRS), and CEA’s Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie (INAC) are both located on the same campus as Spintec and are deeply involved in upstream research in solid state physics and nanosciences. As such, it is natural that many partnerships exist between researchers of the three organizations, in particular the "Nanomagnetism" groups of Institut Néel and INAC/SP2M led by Dr. Olivier Fruchart and Dr. Mathieu Jamet, respectively.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) established in 2009 as a merger of Universitat Karlsruhe and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is a higher education and research organisation. The Chair of Dependable Nano Computing (CDNC) headed by Prof. Tahoori, investigates emerging computing architectures, in particular based upon emerging technologies such as MRAM. KIT brings a system-level expertise in design which complements the circuit-level approach carried out at Spintec.
Crocus Technology, a start-up company spun-off from Spintec in 2006, is one of the leading MRAM players in the world. From its inception, it has establisehd close ties with Spintec through technical support and prospective R&D activities. With Crocus now moving into production, a joint laboratory is to be established to pursue advanced research projects.
TOPLINK Innovation is a French Private Company, delivering High-Tech consulting services to companies and research organizations for promoting innovation. It is primarily involved with Spintec in setting up and managing multi-partner projects at national and EU levels, as well as helping with strategic development (marketing positioning, technology and competition survey, business planning…).