Innos is providing integration engineering support and prototyping services for the UK Framework 6 Network of Excellence SiNANO Project. The consortium is funded by the European Union, with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) providing additional access to the Innos fabrication facility to the different UK academic partners—the UK Universities of Warwick, Southampton, Cambridge and Newcastle. The underlying principle of the project is to explore different technology routes and achieve very high speed, silicon-based nanoscale devices, which can be adopted in the future engineering of ICs.

Each partner in the SiNANO project provides the different areas of expertise required in developing these advanced devices using basic materials science, from the design and fabrication through to characterisation and device modelling. The research will aim to enhance device performance and integration.

In order to support the four main UK partners Innos has set up an internal task force led by Riccardo Varrazza, commercial integration engineer at the company’s Southampton headquarters. “Achieving the production of IC components at nanometric dimensions could herald a revolution in IC technology, involving the integration of nanoscale CMOS and emerging post-CMOS logic and memory devices,” said Varrazza. “Together with SiNANO we are committed to enhance device performance and integration, to meet the ever increasing demands of communications and computing.”