Imec Expands in the US: Opens a lab at Purdue and MoU with University of Michigan

Date: 11/12/2023
Imec, a semiconductor R&D leader, is expanding its presence in the US through partnerships with Purdue University and the University of Michigan. These collaborations focus on developing innovative semiconductor materials and systems, particularly for high-performance computing and the automotive industry.


At Purdue University, imec has established a joint R&D lab inaugurated in presence of the Flemish Minister President Jan Jambon and Purdue President Mung Chiang. This new lab to help researchers to develop and demonstrate next-gen semiconductor tech for high-performance computing devices.

Imec agreed in an MOU with the University of Michigan to advance semiconductor technologies tailored for automotive needs. Michigan has expertise in both automotive and microelectronics and is located in the heart of the U.S. automotive ecosystem makes it an ideal partner in this collaborative effort.

“These collaboration agreements allow the states of Indiana and Michigan to tap into four decades of outstanding chip research,” explains Luc Van den hove, CEO of imec. “Moreover, establishing a physical presence in both locations will allow imec to intensify collaboration and boost R&D, resulting in new insights that can benefit the entire semiconductor value chain. These agreements underscore imec's unwavering commitment to invest in global collaboration to accelerate innovation in our industry and we are thankful for the support of Governors Holcomb and Whitmer for these initiatives.”

“Purdue University is excited to open this center with imec and IEDC on our campus after the ribbon-cutting ceremony today with Minister President Jambon. Built on the strength as a top-4 engineering college and patent-generating university in the U.S., Purdue is excited to be a leading university in semiconductors through Microelectronic Commons Hub, SCALE workforce consortium, US-Japan semiconductor alliance, and more. This partnership with imec will flourish as a strategically pivotal moment in the growing ecosystem of semiconductors in the heart of silicon heartland;" said Mung Chiang, Purdue President.

“The University of Michigan’s collaboration with imec brings the automotive and semiconductor industries together at an important time and place. To fulfil the most revolutionary promises of advanced mobility, we need to develop more reliable, energy efficient, and powerful semiconductor solutions that are tailored for tomorrow’s transportation,” said Santa Ono, President of the University of Michigan. “We’re grateful to imec for catalyzing this effort and excited to lend our decades of research and educational expertise to moving it forward.”

Source: Imec