Profile & expertise

STMicroelectronics (ST) is a global independent semiconductor company, world leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. A combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing know-how and Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology. ST is ranked in the top ten semiconductor companies with net revenues of 8.347 billion USD in 2017. ST has 11 main production sites, 7 Advanced R&D centres and 39 design and application centres, with more than 45 400 employees over the world et the end of 2017. ST is present in 35 countries with 80 sales offices. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people’s life.

STMicroelectronics Crolles2 & Crolles1, France facility is the most advanced of ST, mixing technology R&D activity and production of advanced CMOS and derivative technologies on 200 mm and 300 mm wafers. The ST Crolles 300mm site, which host production and pilot lines, is capable to handle medium volume production and to develop and qualify new technologies, such as SPAD devices, Global-shutter technology with CDTI process brick, double stacking and back-side illuminated (BSI) imaging sensors.

STMicroelectronics Grenoble involves in this project its Imaging group. This division is wholly responsible for imaging products within ST and employs hundreds of people dedicated to Imaging R&D, generating yearly several hundred million $ revenue. As an integrated technology leader in the imaging sector (Image Sensor, Photonic Sensor, Module & Processor), it has delivered more than 1Bu sensors, 800Mu camera modules and 700Mu Processors since 1999 and acts as an innovator, investing and involved in diverse applications.

STMicroelectronics Edinburgh centre of excellence is a core innovation and competence component of the Imaging division, offering a wide choice of product know-how which addresses sensor, companion image/video processor and optical lensed micro module applications. The site is multi-disciplined, employing around 100 engineers with competences in CMOS sensor design, digital and analogue CMOS, optics, micro-mechanics, software, algorithms, test systems and characterization.

Role in the Project

STMicroelectronics Crolles2 plays a central role within this VIZTA project by providing complete technical coordination of the project and dedicated Silicon technologies development, fabrication of circuits and tests. More specifically STMicroelectronics Crolles actions for VIZTA will focus on innovative SPADs and double-stacking solutions intended to volume production.

STMicroelectronics Grenoble is actively participating to this project with its Imaging division for the development of innovative 3D sensors in close cooperation with Crolles and Edinburgh colleagues. More specifically STMicroelectronics Grenoble will define, develop, validate and support 2 depth map (3D) sensors with high resolution and wide range of applications capabilities along VIZTA duration.

STMicroelectronics Edinburgh will also significantly contribute to this project by defining and validating several technology demonstrators (test-chips) in close cooperation with Crolles and Grenoble colleagues. More specifically STMicroelectronics Edinburgh will focus on SPAD development and characterization as well as new 3D pixel solutions for next generation of 3D sensors within this VIZTA project.

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Laurent Dugoujon

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Laurent Dugoujon has responsibility for advanced R&D project management. He is currently appointed as VIZTA project coordinator, leading the project and interfacing with European authorities in collaboration with work package leaders and ST France and European affairs. He has a deep knowledge in semiconductors technologies and design of high speed mixed signal ICs and in Imagers where he coordinated French project DEMO3S. He also recorded some years in projects management for ST Space and Defense Business Unit, from Marketing studies to development and qualification for production in contracts with CERN, DGA, ESA and CNES. With this double competence, plus his natural communication skills, he will handle VIZTA coordination all along project duration.

Laurent Dugoujon

François Gigon has 30 years’ experience in semi-conductor industry, taking part to several European projects (on technology development and device simulation), the latest being the on-going POLIS project. His technical background covers device design, simulation, parametric test, technology transfer and alignment, and technology development management, first for advanced CMOS, and today on Imaging processes. François will coordinate the technology developments for ST-Crolles plant and lead for ST the WP1 dedicated to dissemination and exploitation.

François Gigon

Delphine Le Cunff has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of metrology for semi-conductor industry. She received a PhD degree in Physics in 1996 and own an engineering degree in Materials Science from INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences). After several years’ experience as application scientist for a key optical metrology supplier, she joined STMicroelectronics in 2006 where she enlarged her expertise to the full panel of inline metrology techniques covering the needs for advanced technology nodes to 3D integration.  As STMicroelectronics Metrology Expert, she is deeply involved in the field of innovation for new metrology solutions through several collaborative projects with metrology suppliers and academics. Delphine is the WP2 leader for VIZTA.

Sandrine Lhostis has acquired a strong experience in Materials Engineering through diverse activities such a high-k materials development, physical characterization of Phase Change Materials for Memory applications or underfills benchmark and reliability studies for 3D IC integration. She is now in charge of advanced projects such as diverse filtering solutions for Imaging purposes within the 3DIntegration Team of Process Development group of ST SAS C2 in close collaboration with LETI teams. Sandrine Lhostis will contribute in WP2 achievements for VIZTA.

Dr. Stephane Monfray is the Principal Scientist in the Silicon Photonics team at STMicroelectronics in Crolles (ST SAS C2). Since 2008, he is a member of the STMicroelectronics Experts staff. He was involved in FP6 and FP7 projects (Nanocmos, Pullnano, Duallogic, COMPOSE3), H2020 (NEIRED) and led from 2012 to 2016 a national project (FUI) on energy harvesting. His experiences and expertise are on advanced CMOS, Energy Harvesting and IoT systems, and advanced active Photonic devices. His activities are now focused on the development of Photonic devices for datacom applications, and for new approaches (gyroscopes, sensors, LIDAR). He will be involved in WP4 for the development of OPA for medium range LIDAR.

Stephane Monfray

Sara Pellegrini is a pixel architect leading the SPAD technology development activities in STMicroelectronics’ centre of competence for imaging in Edinburgh and working on the lock-in pixel technology development. Sara has been with STMicroelectronics since 2006, initially with a key responsibility in the characterization of image sensors and currently a leading role in the photonic pixels development team due to her experience in the field. Sara has authored and presented several papers on SPAD and SPAD-based systems and is part of the committee of the International SPAD Sensor Workshop and IEDM conference. Sara will be VIZTA Work Package Leader for WP2.

Karine Perin is graduated with a Master’s degree in Image and CAD engineering from the University Joseph Fourier Grenoble. Karine has spent time in numerous roles including software engineer at Ubisoft and Xilinx, hardware verification and virtual platform engineer for Image Signal Processor at ST-Ericsson and STMicroelectronics. Since 2014, she is involved in architecture studies to embed computer vision algorithms in smart sensors. For POLIS and Nano2017, she took care of partners support to embed algorithms in ST double stacked sensor computing layer. Karine is the Work Package 3 Leader, coordinating all the applicative demonstrations proposed in VIZTA.

Karine Perin

Bruce Rae is the Photonics Pixel & Silicon Architecture team manager and SPAD Architect with STMicroelectronics, Imaging Division, Edinburgh, UK. In this role he works in close collaboration with the silicon, process, module and system R&D teams to define and develop the Imaging Division photonics pixel roadmap and specification. In addition to his contributions to VIZTA, he works with external collaborators on advanced R&D. He received the MEng and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The University of Edinburgh, U.K., in 2005 and 2009 respectively. He is a member of the technical program committee for IEEE ISSCC.

Aurore Lepecq started working at ST in 2006. As application engineer, she worked on different kind of products and developed knowledge in various domains, including Electronic and Optics. Since 2014, she is managing illumination solutions development for Imaging products division. She’s responsible to guaranty optical conditions during validation and test of these products. With Physicians engineering degree and her past experiences, she has the background to design lighting solution with a global view, integrating optical constraints, but also electronic, thermal and mechanical constraints too. She is contributing to the WP3 of VIZTA with application support of ST innovative sensors.