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CEA-Leti Announces Launch of FAMES Pilot Line As Part of EU Chips Act Initiative


​​​​​​CEA-Leti is proud to announce the kick-off meeting today of the FAMES Pilot Line, a pioneering project aimed at advancing semiconductor technologies in Europe. This ​initiative aligns with the ambition of the EU Chips Act, which seeks to bolster EU semiconductor capabilities and ensure technological sovereignty.

Published on 2 July 2024
The pilot line will develop five new sets of technologies: 

  • FD-SOI (with two new generation nodes at 10nm and 7nm),
  • Several types of embedded non-volatile memories (OxRAM, FeRAM, MRAM and FeFETs),
  • Radio-frequency components (switches, filters and capacitors),
  • Two 3D integration options (heterogeneous integration and sequential integration), and
  • Small inductors to develop DC-DC converters for Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMIC). ​

Invented by CEA-Leti, FD-SOI is a planar CMOS technology that offers the best PPAC-E (Performance, Power, Area, Cost and Environmental impact) for mixed circuits (mixing digital, analogue and radio-frequency blocks). FD-SOI has been adopted by global semiconductor leaders due to its tight electrostatic control at the transistor level and because it is well suited for highly innovative power-management technologies. 

The booming FD-SOI market is therefore anticipating the 10nm and 7nm next-generation nodes.
No less than 43 companies throughout the electronic-systems value chain, from materials providers and equipment manufacturers to fabless companies, EDAs, IDMs, system houses and end-users from ITC, automotive, medical device or space and security markets, have formally expressed their support for the FAMES initiative, prefiguring a vibrant ecosystem of start-ups, SMEs and other global industry leaders.

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“By integrating and combining a set of cutting-edge technologies, the FAMES Pilot Line will open the door to disruptive system-on-chip architectures and provide smarter, greener and more efficient solutions for future chips. The FAMES project will indeed pay special attention to semiconductor sustainability challenges," said Jean-René Lèquepeys, CTO of CEA-Leti.
"The Chips Joint Undertaking (Chips JU) is proud to contribute to this strategic initiative and strengthen the EU's sovereignty in a critical domain. This pilot line will advance essential semiconductor technologies, while maintaining a strong focus on sustainability, and foster the collaboration between several European actors. The Chips JU aims to act as a catalyst and a model for further public and private collaborations in key areas," explained Jari Kinaret, the Chips JU executive director. 

The FAMES Consortium brings together an outstanding group of partners:
the pilot line coordinator, CEA-Leti (France), imec (Belgium), Fraunhofer Mikroelektronik (Germany), Tyndall (Ireland), VTT (Finland), CEZAMAT WUT (Poland), UCLouvain (Belgium), Silicon Austria Labs (Austria), SiNANO Institute (France), Grenoble INP-UGA (France) and the University of Granada (Spain). 

The five new technologies will create market opportunities for low-power microcontrollers (MCU), multi-processor units (MPU), cutting-edge AI and machine learning devices, smart data-fusion processors, RF devices, chips for 5G/6G, chips for automotive markets, smart sensors and imagers, trusted chips and new space components.

​The pilot line will be accessible to all EU stakeholders (universities, RTOs, SMEs and industrial companies)
and all like-minded countries through annual open calls and upon request, following a fair and non-discriminatory selection process.​

The kick-off meeting will be in Grenoble today at CEA-Leti's headquarters, preceding the start of
Leti Innovation Days June 25-27.

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Fames consortium


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