European High Tech: imec

We were hosted at by imec (yes, all lower case) in Leuven. One of the more interesting aspects of the visit was a tour of imec’s clean room fabrication facilities. This machine is fairly close to one that they wouldn’t let us take a photo of–but they did tell us it’s cost: $100M euros. I was impressed. After a brief web search this morning, I believe I’ve found it here. And it looks like there’s a serious problem–they don’t produce chips fast enough. We’ll have to see how this plays out in the market.