1st ASCENT+ Newsletter – March 2021
What is ASCENT+?
Giorgos Fagas, ASCENT+ Coordinator -Tyndall National Institute said “Our Transnational Access Programme has the ambition to become the powerhouse of the next era in Nanoelectronics driving 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.”
- Fast and easy access to the world’s most advanced nanoelectronics technologies and infrastructure for More Moore, More-than-Moore and beyond CMOS
- Access to state-of-the-art processing, modelling and simulation data sets, metrology and characterisation, test devices and chips
- Opportunity to share best scientific and technological practices, form a knowledge–innovation hub, train new researchers and establish a nanoelectronics research network
- Access open to all researchers in universities, research centres, SMEs and large enterprises
- Modelling / Databases
- Metrology / Characterisation
- Devices / Test structures
- Nano for Quantum Technologies
- Disruptive Devices
- Advanced Integration
- 1st Webinar
- “Launch of the ASCENT+ Transnational Access” – 2nd February 2021
- 2nd Webinar
- “ASCENT+ Showroom: What’s on Offer?” – 23rd February 2021
- 3rd Webinar
- “ASCENT+ Offerings: Diamond Technologies” – 26th March 2021
Need some hard stuff? – Diamond growth and technology at Fraunhofer IAF
- 4th Webinar
- “ASCENT+ Offerings: GaN ICs” – 27th April 2021
GaN Integrated Circuits for Power Electronics from imec
How to Access?
Step 1 – Sign Up and Enquire
There is a simple sign-up page that allows you become a member of the ASCENT+ network. Members will receive specific information on ASCENT+ technologies, details about upcoming events and news.
From the contact page you can also make a more detailed technical enquiry, giving a brief description of your access interest. This important step will ensure that the specific technologies/measurements you require are available and that you are eligible before you go through the Access Application procedure. It will also help you identify the most suitable facility.
Step 2 – Apply
To formally apply, you will fill an Access Application Form with the help of the facility Technical Point of Contact (TPoC). The proposal will outline the type of access you require and the tasks to be carried out at the facility. The ASCENT+ Access Interface Team will provide help if required. Application and selection is a continuous/rolling process with submission deadlines occurring at the end of each calendar month.
The ASCENT+ Selection Panel reviews your Access Application Form and decides if transnational access will be granted. The primary criterion for selection of a proposal will be scientific merit (Proposed Innovation, Expected Outcomes, and Access Planning).
Step 3 – Access
Once Access is approved you will liaise directly with the facility TPoC to organise access. This can be a physical visit to the infrastructure site or remote access. Your Access visits will be scheduled to facilitate both you and the internal schedules at each site. Where possible (e.g. for access to test and characterisation facilities) hands-on access will be provided, subject to satisfactory completion of any training required. Where restrictions apply (e.g. advanced processing/fabrication nanoelectronics facilities) you will still be able to visit the fabrication facility and see the processes being undertaken by the facility staff.
At the end of the access period you will complete a User Report outlining the project outputs and impacts.
What’s on Offer?
Researchers across the globe can now access leading nanotechnology and micro/nano-electronics institutes to address emerging research challenges, through this EU funded programme. This Transnational Access (TA) programme offers access & expertise at partner research sites to enhance the research and innovation path for both academic & industry researchers, all free-of-charge!
Discover the ASCENT+ Showroom
The ASCENT+ access catalogue has now more than 60 entries and is regularly updated. ASCENT+ provides access to research infrastructures within key enabling capabilities:
Discover ASCENT+ Access providers
ASCENT+ integrates a unique research infrastructure with outstanding credentials. The ASCENT+ facilities at CEA-Leti, Fraunhofer Mikroelekronik, imec, INL (Intrnational) and Tyndall combine research infrastructure and expertise representing over €2.5 billion of investment and unique accumulated knowledge.
|Tyndall National Institute
|Fraunhofer Group for
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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.