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This document is not just a compilation of results, which researchers have the bad habit to produce at incessant rate. It is first of all a new experience, the MEL-ARI initiative went for the first time beyond the concept of the individual research project, to explore the advantages of collaboration across different projects in the same area. MEL-ARI also recognised the concept of critical mass, the need for a large amount of resources, managed in a coherent way, to solve a complex problem.

The research world of science and technology has today become more and more complex. It is now understood that neither the individual nor the research group alone can solve such problems.

Differences of opinion, debate, discussion and experiments help find solutions to hard problems. And this is what this booklet is about; it is the result of joint work carried out with a common objective: how to solve the IC interconnect problem resulting from too many electrical signals entering and leaving a single chip.

Almost four years of work, four international workshops and three major projects reviews have helped keep tight links and stimulated the community in this lively debate.

We hope this work will contribute to continuation of the tremendous growth of the semiconductor industry.

Additional information

Authors: NEEFS H (EDITOR), Gent University-IMEC
Bibliographic Reference: REP:RTD info, EN, June 2000, 86pp, Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2994282 Fax:+32-2-2968390
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9477-0
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