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EU ASCENT Holds Users Workshop

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The recently launched EU ASCENT project recently held its 1st Users Workshop at the XXIV International Scientific Conference ‘Electronics - ET2015’ in Bulgaria. Attendees heard how ASCENT will enable access to the unique nanoelectronics infrastructure of three of Europe’s premier research centres. The Users Workshops are an important part of the ASCENT mission to support a vibrant nanoelectronics research community across Europe. The three partners (Tyndall, imec and CEA-Leti) will provide researchers with access to advanced device data, test chips, flexible fabrication and characterisation equipment. ASCENT will enable the nanoelectronics modelling-and-characterisation research community to explore exciting new developments in industry and meet the challenges created in an ever-evolving and demanding digital world. ASCENT enables Europe’s world-leading atomic scale device, TCAD and compact modelling community to perform the systematic studies that are required to develop nanoscale design methodologies and to identify the impact of quantum effects on sub-10 nm device performance. It provides an interface to global industrial leaders in nanoelectronics through the Industry Innovation Committee and through activities designed to transfer IP and technology uptake from the supported research activities. The results from the access activities will be fed back to device manufacturers to future improve the nanoscale devices being developed. ASCENT will reach out to the research community through a co-ordinated marketing campaign and will offer a simple single access route to the advanced technologies provided. ASCENT will provide technical and logistical support to Users and the results of the Access activities will be published and shared at User Workshops enabling strong interaction between the Users and Providers.