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Research establishment in electronics and manufacturing


Imec is one of the largest research houses for semiconductor technology in the world. It has developed a number of spin-off companies across a variety of market segments.

In EDA alone, the spinoffs include:

  • PowerEscape (Acquired by ARM, 2006) EDA tools for power-efficient design of digital data-intensive systems
  • CoWare (Acquired by Synopsis, 1996) Hardware/software co-design
  • Target Compiler Technologies (1996) Retargeteable code generation for design and programming of DSP processors
  • Alphabit (Acquired by Agilent Technologies, 1992) Development of CAE software for the design of high-frequency and high-speed electronics
  • Easics (imec/KU Leuven spin-off, 1992) Design of VLSI ASICs
  • Frontier Design (Acquired by ARM , 1989) Development of CAE design software

Executive Insight: Luc Van den hove
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  • HQ: Leuven, Belgium
  • Known for: PowerEscape, CoWare, Target Compiler Technologies, Alphabit, Easics, Frontier
  • Web: URL
  • Other names: Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre
  • Type: Company