Micron Semiconductors Italia S.r.l. (previously Numonyx Italy S.r.l.) designs and manufactures a full complement of integrated NOR, NAND and Phase Change non-volatile memory technologies and products to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of customers in the cellular and embedded markets. Micron Semiconductors Italia combines the technology and manufacturing expertise of the flash memory divisions of Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics, and is dedicated to providing high density, low power memory technologies and packaging solutions to a global base of customers.
Since May 2010 Numonyx Italy S.r.l. became part of the Micron Group, and in addition to manufacturing and assembly facilities previously owned by Numonyx B.V. in Israel, Singapore and Far East, can rely on the manufacturing support by Micron group.
Micron Semiconductors Italia research activities will be performed in the R2 Technology Center in Agrate Brianza (Italy). It was born from the transformation of the previous R1 center, built in 1988 for 150mm wafers, which allowed the development of the first generations of NVM technology from 1 μm a 0.25 μm. Fully refurbished, expanded and converted to 200mm wafers, it is now an up-to-date Pilot Line with 6860m2 of Class 1 clean room, fully equipped to support NVM development beyond the 45nm technology node.
RWTH Aachen is a leading German technical university with a technical staff of over 10.000 people devoted to research and teaching in close interaction with industrial partners. The university was just recently elected as one of 9 universities of excellence in Germany. Two thirds of its 30.000 students are majoring in science and engineering. The I. Physikalische Institut (I. Institute of Physics) with the Chair for Physics of Novel Materials (Lehrstuhl für Physik neuer Materialien) comprises of a group of experts devoted to the development, preparation and characterization of advanced materials for novel applications. This work spans the whole scientific range from advanced nanoscale preparation and characterization techniques to ab-initio quantum mechanical calculation schemes to predict properties of new materials.
Recently the first map for phase change material has been developed which helps identify new phase change materials and enables the prediction of some property trends. The main focus of the 15 Ph.D. students and scientists currently working in the field is the development of an atomistic understanding of phase change materials, which can be utilized to design such materials for specific applications. In all three research areas the institute has close contacts with industry and participates in national as well as international research projects. In the last 24 months scientists from the institute have received more than a dozen invitations to give invited talks at international conferences to present recent advances in the understanding of PC materials. In addition, the group has published more than 80 reviewed papers on phase change materials, including seven recent papers in Nature Materials.
The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. represents eight research institutes in Berlin (one of those is the Paul-Drude Institut für Festkörperelektronik PDI), which pursue common interests within the framework of a single legal entity while maintaining their scientific autonomy. The PDI, established in 1992, belongs to the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. and is a member of the Leibniz Association. PDI carries out research in materials science and solid state physics with special emphasis on low-dimensional systems in nanostructured semiconductors. The PDI carries out materials science and solid state physics focused on materials for information and communication technologies. The institute operates its own material synthesis complemented by a wide range of microstructural characterization techniques as well as facilities for optical spectroscopy, electronic transport experiments and basic semiconductor processing. PDI works in close cooperation with institutions of academic and industrial research, both in Germany and abroad. PDI hosts numerous guest researchers and involve young scientists through programs for postdoctoral scholarships and for PhD- and master students. The Paul-Drude Institut will be the only representative of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. in the PASTRY project.
Cambridge University is the leading University for science and technology in the UK and Europe. It was ranked number 1 in Europe and number 4 world-wide by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking system in 2007. The Engineering Department of Cambridge University is a unified engineering department, containing electronics, materials, mechanical and aeronautical engineering functions, and it contains roughly 10% of the total university numbers.
The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and currently consists of 9 faculties with about 28,000 students. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences offers 14 bachelor degree and 30 master degree programs and has about 4,000 students, 1,350 staff members, 90 professors and 550 PhD students. The prestigious journal Times Higher Education ranked in 2010 the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) 9th in their ranking of the world’s top institutions in material science, ahead of institutions from Princeton, Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford and UCLA and only preceded by US institutions. The excellent position of the Zernike Institute has recently been confirmed by Thomson Reuters' Research Analytics (publisher of the Web of Science), which ranks Groningen 4th by impact of its publications in the global Top-20, above Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Max Planck and other renowned institutes (Table 3, right-hand column in the Global Research Report of July 2011 on Materials Science and Technology).
Sincrotrone Trieste (STE) has constructed and operated the 3rd generation light source ELETTRA for more than thirteen years. This is a large multidisciplinary laboratory, open internationally for service and partnership to researchers and institutions in basic and applied fields. ELETTRA is equipped with ultra-bright light sources in the range from infrared to X-rays and offers an international competitive environment. More than 50% of user beamtime is used by non- Italian researchers from ~ 25 countries (EU and extra-EU). The ST record of service to the European synchrotron and FEL user community includes the coordination of the presently running I3 Project “Integrating Activity on Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser Science” (IA-SFS): It obtained this role upon a vote among all European facilities participating in the I3 project. ST has extensive expertise in all areas of accelerator technology, beamline and experimental stations, analysis and research. Operation of ELETTRA involves not only 6500 hours/year of operation but also continual innovation and upgrades of accelerator systems and components. In particular ST is well established in the accelerator and user community not only as a partner and collaborator in cutting edge technologies for accelerators, beamlines and detectors but also as a provider of components and expertise. The ST user community backing future initiatives, such as FERMI@elettra, has extensive existing infrastructures based at ELETTRA that will accelerate developments. Construction of this new infrastructure is founded upon a consolidated in- house knowledge base as exemplified by activities with many international facilities and institutes and active collaborations. ST has recently taken the initiative to strengthen relations and transfer knowledge with industry by making an international call for the formation of a commercial company to contribute developments for FERMI@elettra and other EU projects. ST furthermore runs the only European storage ring free electron laser (EUFELE) that also holds the world record for the shortest wavelength and has been awarded two EC grants.
FERMI@elettra will be an “International Open Access” facility to serve the most advanced experiments proposed by the international user communities. I have been involved from the inception of Fermi with planning the scientific program, of which I am now the official coordinator. This includes arranging successful reviews of this program that have taken place on a roughly annual basis since 2003