Europractice starts offering wafer-sharing services for flexible ICs

Paul van Gerven
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Multi-project wafer service Europractice has added flexible integrated circuits to its offerings. Coordinated by Europractice co-runner Imec, companies and academic researchers will be able to have their ‘plastic’ thin-film transistor designs fabricated at Pragmatic Semiconductor, a flexible-IC manufacturer and foundry headquartered in Cambridge.

“At Europractice, we’ve always been committed to supporting the innovation efforts of European academia and SMEs, and we’re glad to continue this mission by incorporating Pragmatic’s technology into our technology portfolio,” says Maria Martinez Valado, program manager at Imec.

Credit: Pragmatic Semiconductor

“We’re delighted to offer our FlexIC foundry services to Europractice customers. Our rapid cycle time takes designs from tape-out to delivery in around six weeks, empowering customers to drastically reduce product development time, perform early end-user testing and accelerate time to market. The physical flexibility of our IC also enables novel use cases that are simply not possible with conventional silicon chips,” adds Francesca Bottacchi, Pragmatic’s account manager for the foundry business.

Europractice is a consortium of research organizations providing European industry and academia with a platform to develop electronic circuits and systems. Supported by the European Commission, the consortium has been offering affordable access to prototyping and volume production services in a wide range of technologies for nearly 30 years.

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