2017 Edition. In Research Institute of the Year

Imec is the world-leading R&D center for nano-electronics and digital technology. As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups, and universities imec brings together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. It leverages state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as its 200mm and 300mm wafer fabs, to perform research for a multitude of industries, including most of the top-10 semiconductor companies.

In imec’s Industrial Affiliation Program on 3D System Integration, imec’s own staff works alongside engineers from industrial partners, key suppliers, and leading academic partners towards radical innovation and pre-competitive development. In the field of 3D, imec has made ground-breaking contributions, for example in the areas of TSV processing, micro-bump interconnect and scaling, temporary and permanent die and wafer bonding, 3D design, testing and probing, design-for-test and the standardization thereof, the impact of 3D structures on FETs, thermal management, chip-package interaction, reliability, and cost modeling.

Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has distributed R&D groups at various Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2016, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled around EUR 496M. See: