News Article

Imec Unites Partners To Target Net-zero Emissions


At Future Summits 2022, imec, a leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, has announced that its Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS) research program succeeded in bringing together stakeholders of the semiconductor value chain, from large system companies such as Apple and Microsoft, to suppliers, including ASM, Kurita, SCREEN and Tokyo Electron. The program was set up last year as part of imec's sustainability efforts to support the semiconductor industry reducing its carbon footprint. The addition of these new partners enables a holistic approach, which leverages imec's expertise and knowledge to cut the industry's environmental impact.

The semiconductor industry is booming with a never-seen demand. As an integral part of our smart portable devices, IoT systems and compute infrastructure, chips are embedded in our everyday life. Semiconductor manufacturing, however, comes at a price. It requires large amounts of energy and water and creates hazardous waste. To tackle this problem, the entire supply chain needs to commit, and an ecosystem approach will be key. While system and fabless companies are already investing in decarbonizing their supply chain and products, committing to be carbon neutral by 2030 or 2040, they typically lack accurate insight into the contribution of chip manufacturing of future technologies as there is limited life cycle analysis data available.

With its SSTS program, imec calls upon the whole semiconductor value chain to join forces to cut back on the semiconductor industry's environmental footprint. It combines imec's strong partner ecosystem, insights in processing technology, infrastructure, and machinery to provide partners across the semiconductor value chain insight in the environmental impact of certain choices made at the chip technology's definition and production phase. Apple was the first public partner to join hands with imec on the SSTS program last year. Now additional major system companies like Microsoft have joined the program.

The program assesses the environmental impact of new technologies, identifies high-impact problems and defines greener semiconductor manufacturing solutions. “Today there is a data gap concerning the environmental footprint of the fabrication of semiconductor integrated circuits (IC) for more advanced technologies. That's why we're assessing the environmental impact in a first step so we can make informed choices when we move to the next technology generations. Equipment, material and tool suppliers are key in the early phase plans; they can for example create more environmentally friendly processes and tools to solve high-impact problems in these future technologies. We are also talking to foundries to help verify and benchmark the results. By engaging with the entire semiconductor value chain in this way, our SSTS program can maximize its impact,” states Lars-Åke Ragnarsson, Program Director SSTS.

Critical Manufacturing Releases The V9 Of Its MES: Master Manufacturing In Extreme Uncertainty
SEMI Report: Silicon Wafer Shipments Edge To New Record In Q1 2022
X-FAB Announces Upgrade To Its Substrate Coupling Analysis Tool
Imec And Bühler Enable High-throughput Manufacturing Of Filter-on-chip CMOS Sensors
Atotech And Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Announce Business Partnership
Applied Materials Enable 2D Scaling With EUV And 3D Gate-All-Around Transistors
Advantest Rolls Out ACS Adaptive Probe Cleaning
ClassOne Ships Solstice Tool To MicroLED Startup Raxium
2D Experimental Pilot Line Offers Developers The Chance To Test Graphene-based Sensors
Okmetic Invests Nearly €400 Million Euros To Build A New Fab In Finland With Aims To More Than Double The Production Capacity And Business
PEM Water Electrolysis Fills The Hydrogen Supply Gap For New And Expanding Fabs
Infineon Revenue Up In Q2 FY 2022
Imec Ramps Up Development Of High-NA EUV Patterning Ecosystem
Imec Unites Partners To Target Net-zero Emissions
“Onshoring” Chip Production Is A Red Herring For UK
Renesas To Invest And Restart Operation Of Kofu Factory
Xenics Introduces Ceres V
Teradyne Marks 7,000th J750 Semiconductor Test System Shipment
Advantest Donates ¥90 Million To Ukraine Crisis Relief Efforts
Electronics Supply Chain Challenges Are Getting Worse
Brewer Science Earns Intel’s 2022 EPIC Distinguished Supplier Award
ClassOne Equipment Introduces New Takano Particle Inspection Systems
ASML Bring E-beam Inspection Into Volume Manufacturing
Pfeiffer Vacuum Opens New Leak Detection And Vacuum Technology Facility In Indianapolis, Indiana

Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the Silicon Semiconductor Magazine, the Silicon Semiconductor Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.

Please subscribe me to:


You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in:
Live Event