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  • Monday 08 March 2021


    The composition of the consortium has been defined with the purpose of covering the complete R&D chain, from the basic studies to the final industrial and scientific exploitation, as it is required by the characteristics of the project. A strong industrial consortium has been considered an essential qualifying element to guarantee both the achievement of the ambitious targets and above all the further exploitation of the developed technology.

    In the original project structure the consortium has been build around two major European semiconductor companies, Numonyx and Qimonda which in 2008 were the only two companies in Europe, and among the few in the world, with a strong industrial position in the field of stand-alone memories. After Qimonda withdrawal the industrial consortium has been reshaped in order to enhance the possibility of success for the target of device cluster leaded by Numonyx.


    Additional industrial partners provide strategically important elements for the success of the activity:

    • ASM in general is leader in the field of deposition equipment, especially for Atomic Layer Deposition Tools, and for high-k materials. It will provide the key competence for the development of the chemistry and deposition tools for the materials that will form the memory stack. The final manufacturability of the technology will depend critically on the quality of these materials.

    • Active Technologies is an SME with a long history of cooperation with both semiconductor manufacturers. It own a critical expertise in the development of testing and characterization tools optimised for large scale Non Volatile Memories. Developing tools specifically targeting NAND memories will be an important challenge for them

    • Jordan Valley is an SME with a past history of cooperation with STMicroelectronics and Qimonda in other European cooperation projects. It provides to the consortium a critical expertise in XRR technology for the measurement of very thin films, which will be a critical element for the manufacturing and control of the gate stack.


    Due to the large size and the complexity of the project, it was decided to make use of professional services to support administrative tasks. Therefore the ALMA Consulting Group, which has a strong experience in the management of research projects in the specific Microelectronics sector, has been inserted in the management Wok Package.

    The consortium is complemented by a strong research support provided by research centres and University groups with specific competences and roles:

    Research partners

    Role in the project


    Material development and characterization. 300mm pilot line support to equipment and material development by ASMI. Cell architecture and modelling. 300mm integration capability. Investigation of innovative approaches.


    Material development and characterization, also in support to STMicroelectronics.

    Tyndall National Institute

    Modelling material properties, especially the deposition of innovative high-k materials.


    Cell characterization and modelling. Understanding and modelling of reliability mechanisms.

    Fraunhofer CNT

    Material development and development of new process steps in support to Qimonda

    University Braunschweig

    Numerical modelling of  SONOS and TANOS memory cells and analysis of retention and hot carrier disturb failures.

    NaMLab gGmbH

    Electrical characterisation of material properties in charge trapping stacks and modelling of devices and reliability




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