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ASCENT+ Access Programme sets off a new phase to become the powerhouse of researchers and innovators in Nanoelectronics in Europe

Posted on: 06 Oct 2020

ASCENT+ Access Programme sets off a new phase to become the powerhouse of researchers and innovators in Nanoelectronics in Europe

ASCENT+ presents a unique opportunity for Europe to regain global leadership in Nanoelectronics at a pivotal time where the horizon broadens beyond Moore’s law.

Julie Donnelly, Tyndall Programme Manager for the ASCENT+ project;
Giorgos Fagas, ASCENT+ lead and Head of EU Programmes at Tyndall;
and Paul Roseingrave, ASCENT Programme Co-ordinator at Tyndall,
in one of labs researchers can access through the €10M programme.

ASCENT+ mobilises an unprecedented network, knowledge and investment to open up access to key European infrastructures and enable academic and industry researchers to address emerging research challenges in Nanoelectronics and to accelerate innovation path-finding.

Building on previous success, and with an additional EU investment of €10m, ASCENT+ brings together 15 partners to make available truly world-class facilities and to foster the Nanoelectronics community. ASCENT+ offers an extensive portfolio to access state-of-the-art processing, modelling and data sets, metrology and characterisation, and devices and test structures for Nanoelectronics. This significantly advances the first phase of the open access programme (ASCENT https://www.ascent.network/) which delivered 100 access projects to researchers from 30 countries across the global research community over the last four years and has built a community of over 400 researchers.

ASCENT+ integrates a unique research infrastructure with unprecedented credentials. The partners’ facilities at CEA-Leti (FR), Fraunhofer Mikroelekronik (DE), imec (BE), INL (PT/ES) and Tyndall (IE) combine research infrastructure and expertise representing over €2.5 billion of investment and several millennia of accumulated knowledge.

ASCENT+ also includes CNRS (FR), Universiteit Gent (BE), TU Bergakademie Freiberg (DE), JKU (AT) and University of Padova (IT) as academic partners to advance the offering and further stimulate the user community to bridge the gap between scientific exploration and development of proof-of-concept technologies to fast-track development of next generation information processing devices.

ASCENT+ will grow a first-class research and innovation network through the participation of the Silicon Europe Alliance members: DSP Valley (BE), MIDAS (IE), Minalogic (FR) and Silicon Saxony (DE) as well as the SiNANO Institute (FR), reaching out to over 3,700 members.

Giorgos Fagas, ASCENT+ lead and Head of EU Programmes, Tyndall National Institute, at UCC, commented

“The next era in Nanoelectronics is driven by demonstrations of: (i) quantum advantage using solid-state platforms; (ii) low-power, energy-efficient, high-performance computing based on disruptive devices; and (iii) increased functionality through advanced integration of a diverse range of materials and innovative technologies. ASCENT+ offers an unparalleled access opportunity to users, empowering them to respond to these new problems and to advance knowledge and technology through generating novel results and nurturing talent in their own labs.”

Giorgos Fagas, ASCENT+ lead and Head of EU Programmes at Tyndall National Institute,
with some of the cutting-edge equipment the access programme’s
15 partners are making available
to European researchers.

ASCENT+ presents a unique opportunity for Europe to regain global leadership in Nanoelectronics at a pivotal time where the horizon broadens beyond Moore’s law.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 871130.

About Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) materials, devices and systems. It is one of Ireland’s five National Labs, specialising in both electronics and photonics. Tyndall works with industry and academia to transform research into products in its core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-tech & the environment. With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, they are focused on delivering human and economic impact from excellence in research. A research flagship of University College Cork, Tyndall is home to a research community of 600 people of 52 nationalities.

For more information the 15 ASCENT+ partners or on Tyndall please contact:

Ursula Morrish, Marketing and Communications Manager,
Tyndall National Institute,
+353 (0) 852372189
ursula.morrish@tyndall.ie