7/8/2005 - Semizone, Inc., the world's leading provider of online learning resources for the semiconductor industry, unveiled a strategic partnership with IMEC, a world-class research center for nanoelectronics and nanotechnology, to jointly create and offer online learning content. Courses cover system and IC design technology and IC process technology. With this partnership, Semizone and IMEC target to address the needs of ASIC and SOC designers, process technicians and junior process engineers for leading-edge knowledge.
"We can't think of a more compelling joint development partnership in Europe than an alliance with a premiere nanoelectronics research institute such as IMEC," said Mehrdad Moslehi, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Semizone, Inc. "Our business focuses on providing the latest industry-relevant knowledge and technological developments to the semiconductor industry workforce through a global online learning delivery platform. IMEC is a well-respected, internationally recognized research center, which jointly with Semizone, is now providing leading-edge educational and training content to the industry. Our alliance with IMEC should further enhance Semizone's online learning programs and methodology in Europe."
"We are pleased to partner with Semizone to provide industry-relevant and up-to-date online learning programs for the microelectronics industry through Semizone's proven online learning business," said Professor Gilbert Declerck, President and CEO, IMEC. "In recent years, IMEC has invested substantially in e-learning. This also provides a comprehensive source of knowledge to the IMEC workforce, available for access on demand. Through our partnership with Semizone, we are now able to deliver leading-edge knowledge and IMEC-produced innovations to the global semiconductor industry through Semizone's global distribution and delivery system."
Semizone provides current and comprehensive educational programs that enhance individual performance and corporate productivity in the semiconductor industry. Over 300 courses / programs and thousands of learning modules created by experts in academia and industry are provided through Semizone's web-based learning management system infrastructure. The Semizone/IMEC course catalog may be accessed for viewing and enrollments through the Semizone website at: www.semizone.com/imec.
Semizone (www.semizone.com, founded in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, provides online learning services for the semiconductor and related industries. With over 300 courses, Semizone has the industry's most comprehensive course library. Semizone provides its corporate clients solutions for workforce development in support of key corporate initiatives.
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its research focuses on the next generations of chips and systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC's research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network of companies, universities and research institutes worldwide, position IMEC as a key partner with which to develop and improve technologies for future systems. IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has representatives in the US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1300 people includes over 400 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2004, its revenues were EUR 159 million. Further information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be.
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