Striving to establish a microelectronics culture, and the adequate facilities in the country, the Innovation in Microelectromechanical Systems Laboratory (LIMEMs) was founded in 2009. It is the consequence of a joint venture by the ministries of Economics and Economic Development of the State of Puebla and the INAOE.
It operates a Class 10 clean room, with additional Class 100 and Class 1000 areas for services, covering an area of 800 m2.
The main goal of this laboratory is to provide a world-class facility for the fabrication of semiconductor devices, integrated circuits (ICs) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMs) to satisfy the needs of the regional industry, while also forming highly-prepared human resources in these fields. This laboratory is a stepping stone to further technological research to enhance the Triple Helix for the benefit of the country, specially focusing on high-technology industries.
- Development of a 0.8 mm BiCMOS process based on low dielectric constants and reduced parasitic components.
- Development of a complete MEMs process.
- Study of nano-structured materials to be incorporated in conventional silicon technologies.
- Development of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for personal computers capable of operating at up to 70 GHz clock frequencies.
- Study of novel high dielectric constant materials.
- Study of different orientation crystalline substrates to improve mobility.
- Development of optoelectronic devices based on silicon.
- Development of faster interconnects, with for PCBs and ICs.
- Development of novel semiconductor devices.
- Development of Computer Aided Design (CAD) platforms to simulate processes and circuits.
- Forming graduate students in state-of-the-arts fields in electronics.
- Establishing academic and technological networks with counterparts worldwide.