The emergence of next-generation 5G, WiFi protocols, and automotive radar have pushed ICs into extreme frequency bands. High-volume 6GHz production test cells are being modified to up-convert, mix, down-convert, source, and measure for both cmWave (3GHz to 30GHz) and mmWave (30GHz to >100GHz) frequencies. Test interface hardware has now become a key differentiator for bringing these next-generation applications to market, with relatively few solutions available.
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Enhancement of Precision Processing Tool Production System and BCM³ Support. The semiconductor and electronic component markets are expected to continue expanding in the future based on the development of IoT, AI, self-driving technologies, and installation of multiple cameras on smartphones. Demands for DISCO’s precision processing equipment and tools are also expected to increase accordingly. DISCO has two production sites, Kuwabata Plant and Kure Plant, in Kure City, Hiroshima. Precision processing equipment and precision processing tools are mainly produced in Kuwabata Plant and Kure Plant, respectively. By allocating a part of the production space in Zone B, Kuwabata Plant, for which construction was completed in January 2015, for precision processing tools, a second production site was established to improve BCM support. Moreover, by making Zone C in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant, for which construction was completed in January 2019, a production space for precision processing tools, DISCO will achieve further enhancement of the production system and BCM support, as well as more effective production through the promotion of automation.
|Name||Zone C in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant|
|Structure||Seismically isolated structure|
|Total floor space||Approx. 65,900 m² (Existing building: Approx. 128,500 m²)|
|Total Investment||Approx. JPY 13.8 billion|
|Construction start||February 2017|
|Construction completion||January 31, 2019|
|Operation start||February 2019|
|Future Plan (Extension of Zone D)|
In order to respond to expected future increases in demand, Zone D will be constructed in A-Building of Kuwabata Plant, following the completion of Zone C.
|Name||Zone D in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant|
|Structure||Seismically isolated structure|
|Total floor space||Approx. 67,400 m²|
|Total Investment||Approx. JPY 14 billion|
|Construction Period||September 2019 – August 2021|
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This announcement follows the European Commission’s approval on December 18, 2018 of the ‘Important Project of Common European Interest’ (IPCEI), a joint project by France, Germany, Italy and the UK to give €1.75 billion (approx. $2bn) in public support for research and innovation in microelectronics.
Nano 2022 is France’s initiative within the cross-border program that will support developments in nanotechnology, a market sector of strategic importance for the future, which includes applications such as smart sensors. The Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, where Sofradir and ULIS have operations, announced it will contribute €35M ($40M) to support Nano 2022.
Sofradir and ULIS, whose infrared technologies are used in a range of applications from space observation and environmental monitoring to security surveillance and predictive maintenance, will invest €150M ($171M) in the Nano 2022 initiative in order to develop next-generation infrared detectors
“Infrared technologies can offer the necessary solutions for improving assisted living, mobility, energy efficiency, security and environmental monitoring, which are all crucial societal needs,” said Jean-François Delepau, chairman and CEO of Sofradir and ULIS. “As a result of our investment, equipment manufacturers will benefit from the ease-of-use and performance these new products will offer.”
Nano 2022 will enable ULIS to develop the next generations of infrared detectors to address trends in autonomous systems for smart buildings (workspace management, energy savings), road safety and in-cabin comfort of vehicles. It also enables Sofradir to develop the very large dimension infrared detectors needed for space and astronomy observations as well as compact and light sensors that can be used in portable devices and on drones. Nano 2022 contributes to the funding of the pilot lines required for developing these technologies and products.
Sofradir and ULIS participate in Nano 2022 alongside other companies based in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, including STMicroelectronics and Soitec.
The IPCEI framework develops key cross-border R&D and infrastructure projects aimed at encouraging member states to channel their public spending into large projects. These make a clear contribution to economic growth, job creation and the competitiveness of Europe. The European Commission (DGComp) evaluates the funding conditions, ensuring they are in line with EU state aid rules.