LONDON A European collaborative research project to take CMOS down to the 32-nanometer and 22-nanometer manufacturing nodes is set to receive 25 million euros (about $32 million) in funding and has begun as a continuation from the NanoCMOS project launched in 2004.
The PullNano project was positively evaluated by the European Commission, according to NanoCMOS Website, which said the contract for the 30-month project was due to start April 2006 with a two-month overlap with NanoCMOS, which is due to end at the end of June.
The PullNano project includes 35 partners, the report said.
The project does not appear to have its own Internet page yet, although the project was started with a two-day training event, May 9 and 10 at the premises of research organization IMEC (Leuven, Belgium). At that event PullNano was discussed in a presentation by Gilles Thomas, of STMicroelectronics. Thomas has taken over as coordinator of the NanoCMOS project replacing Guillermo Bomchil, who is retiring.
NanoCMOS has produced a series of files outlining 45-nm node results in starting materials, front-end processing, devices and system architectures, back-end processes, characterization and simulation, equipment and training. PullNano is expected to go forward along the same sub-project lines to 32-nm and 22-nm over the next two-and-a-half years.
With no information directly available on participation in PullNano a look at the NanoCMOS collaborators provides a guide. Companies in NanoCMOS include ST Microelectronics, Philips, Infineon Technologies AG, Frescale Semiconductor Inc., Ion Beam Services, Magwel and Dolphin Integration, supported by research institutes IMEC, CEA-LETI, CNRS, FhG/IISB and the University of Technology of Chemnitz, in Germany.
To get to a 35-strong collaboration the PullNano project is expected to have pulled in a lot of universities.
The NanoCMOS project was budgeted to cost about 46.2 million euros (about $58 million) with supported by funding of European Union funding of 24.2 million euros (about $30 million). It would appear that PullNano is to be similarly funded.
A final review meeting for NanoCMOS is set take place July 4 and 5, also at IMEC.