STMicroelectronics and Politecnico di Milano, a scientific-technological university, announced a five-year collaboration agreement to establish a joint research center, enabling further development of cutting-edge MEMS-based sensors in Lombardy. Providing an opportunity in Italy to conceive, design, and develop MEMS technology and products, the agreement was made with Italy’s Minister of Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti attending. The agreement will also improve infrastructure at the Politecnico di Milano, beginning with a state-of-the-art 200mm pilot line added to the existing 150mm line to support research projects, training, and thesis elaboration.
“The research center between Politecnico di Milano and STMicroelectronics is the result of an extraordinary joint effort on key areas such as sensors and artificial intelligence," underlined the Rector of Politecnico di Milano Ferruccio Resta. "This investment also aims at innovating for the manufacturing sector, driver of the Italian economy. The laboratory, open to companies, is part of an ambitious project to create a real innovation district in the Parco dei Gasometri in Bovisa (a neighborhood of Milan). Here, a real world-class ecosystem will develop, capable of competing with the best efforts abroad. The center of excellence embodies the interaction between public and private sectors, between universities and companies. It is one of the strategic activities of the university, increasingly oriented toward the development of advanced research and the competitiveness of the territory."
“This agreement between ST and the Politecnico di Milano will be a key contributor to our MEMS and sensors research and development operations. It is a great example of what can be done within the framework of ST’s global approach to cooperative research with universities and research bodies: supporting leading technology and engineering ecosystems where ST is present, developing talent, and building the future together,” said Jean-Marc Chéry, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics. “We see significant value and opportunity in expanding our cooperation to investigate, understand, and develop technologies and skills to meet our future business needs in such areas as advanced MEMS, motion control, power electronics, and galvanic isolation.”