Marie Garcia Bardon

Senior Research Scientist at IMEC
Maria Garcia Bardon is Senior Research Scientist at IMEC (Inter-University Micro-Electronics Center), Leuven, with expertise in bench-marking emerging technologies for digital and memory applications through design/technology co-optimization and modelling of advanced devices. Since one year she is working on extending the targets used in the electronics scaling roadmap and path-finding phase, power-performance-area-cost (PPAC), to include environmental cost and sustainability metrics based on semiconductor manufacturing analysis. She received the M.Sc. degree in engineering from UCLouvain in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics from KULeuven in collaboration with IMEC in 2010.
Semiconductor manufacturing is resource intensive in energy, water, chemicals and raw materials, and generates different classes of emissions, including greenhouse gases (GHG). Through the years, initiatives emerged to bring environmental considerations into the technology definition phase and to develop dedicated methods to assess the sustainability of integrated circuits. Yet, the pathfinding phase of upcoming CMOS technologies is still disconnected from sustainability considerations and focuses on Power, Performance, Area, Cost (PPAC) metrics. Meanwhile, the increasing complexity of technology has led to the development of Design Technology Co-Optimization (DTCO) methodologies and tools, building transversal knowledge from manufacturing to design. DTCO techniques give the opportunity to develop new frameworks for early sustainability assessments. Environmental scores can be derived together with the established PPAC metrics.