IMEC's latest industrial affiliation program aimed at fabless and fablite companies is a welcome program for both IP and EDA vendors.
The Integrated Solutions for Technology Exploration is a framework of design exploration modules that allows fabless and fablite companies, foundries and EDA vendors to develop design and product information using emerging IC process technologies 1 to 3 generations ahead of IC manufacturing.
One of the key points of the framework is a flexible design interface to quickly couple technology advances to design flows.
The design interface is fully compatible and shares the same standards as design interfaces from commercial foundries.
IMEC's continuous innovation and collaboration is why most of IMEC's partners renewed and a few even expanded the annual contracts that make up more than 80 percent of the group's revenues. "The way to get out of the downturn is to innovate," said Luc Van den hove, chief executive of IMEC, at this week's annual tech-fest in Leuven, Belgium.
IMEC's revenues will be down only about five percent this year, compared to drops of 20 percent generally among electronics vendors. "R&D is the last part to cut because they need to continue to innovate," said Van den hove.