The Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) is Flanders’ independent research institute in microelectronics founded in 1984 by the Flemish Government. IMEC plays an important role in Europe as an independent laboratory, which anticipates the industrial needs in the field of microelectronics. IMEC’ s mission is “To perform R&D, ahead of industrial needs by 3 to 10 years, in microelectronics, nanotechnology, design methods and technologies for ICT systems” . IMEC has as objectives to be an “international center of excellence”, to reinforce the local industry, to cooperate intensely with Flemish universities and to provide industrial training in ICT. IMEC’ s activities include new chips production processes, Microsystems and new electronic components, development of solar cells and plastic electronics, and new packaging technologies.
Within the Process Technology (PT) unit of IMEC, the Packaging, Microsystem and Hybrid Technology (PAMAHT) group represents IMEC competence center with respect to the most advanced state-of-the-art research on IC and MEMS packaging, thin film technologies, 3D and Microsystems integration.