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Imec and SK Hynix Sign Extensive Joint Research Agreement

(PresseBox) (San Francisco, USA, ) SK Hynix Inc., a world-leading memory semiconductor supplier, and nanoelectronics research centre imec announced today that they have extended their research collaboration for three additional years. SK Hynix will participate in imec's complete R&D program on advanced CMOS scaling for memory and logic.

Since 2007, SK Hynix has been a strategic partner in imec's joint research platforms on advanced lithography, addressing immersion and EUV lithography challenges, and on next-generation non-volatile memory processes. As a key partner in imec's core CMOS R&D program, SK Hynix will begin a new phase of collaboration, gaining early insight to breakthrough research and fundamental understanding in each research area of imec's core CMOS R&D program. Both partners will continue to collaborate on advanced lithography and advanced memory, and SK Hynix will also join imec's research platforms on logic devices, advanced interconnects and 3D system integration. SK Hynix designers will be able to leverage early technology insight to make informed choices for product roadmaps and high-bandwidth optical interconnects for future systems.

"SK Hynix has highly recognized imec's technology leadership in this industry. We expect this extended collaboration including Logic, Interconnect and 3D area with imec to be a cornerstone to enable us to strengthen our research competence for the next generation technology," said Sungjoo Hong, Senior Vice President and Head of R&D Division of SK Hynix.

"We are excited that SK Hynix has joined our research platform as a full core partner. It is a confirmation of our fruitful collaboration during the past five years, and proof of the value imec offers the semiconductor industry," said Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec "Collaborative path finding R&D based on a sharing of cost, risk, talent and IP, and cross fertilization between logic and memory companies, has become indispensable to overcoming the formidable challenges facing our industry. SK Hynix's valuable know-how in memory scaling has been, and will continue to be, an important asset for imec's global research platform."


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