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ASCENT provides access to the world’s most advanced 14 nm and beyond-CMOS nanoelectronics data and test structures in Europe’s leading nanofabrication research institutes. The institutes involved have extensive advanced semiconductor processing fabrication facilities, flexible nanofabrication facilities, advanced electrical characterization equipment and expertise in atomistic and TCAD modeling. This is the first time that access to these state-of-the-art devices and test structures is available anywhere in the world. The impact of this access, and the resulting advances that will be made, will contribute significantly to competitiveness and growth capacity in the Europe’s nanoelectronics industry.

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.

ASCENT 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.

ASCENT is a unique opportunity for researchers in Europe to gain access to world-leading technologies that are being developed in Europe’s leading institutes and ensure Europe remains at the forefront of global nanoelectronics development.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements 871130 and 654384.