This research group focuses on the design of highly complex integrated circuits, the development of advanced CAD tools for VLSI and hardware architecture of systems. The CAO / VLSI Alliance chain, developed at LIP6, is utilised in more than 200 universities globally, including the United Nations University. Like it’s work in a field of applied research, ASIM has a strong record of collaboration with the industries. In January 2002, this led to the birth of CERME (Centre Européen de Recherche en Micro-Electronique or European Centre of Research on Micro-electronic), financed jointly by institutes (like CNRS and UPMC) and partners from the industrial sector. Since 1997, three start-ups have been founded: - Tachys Technologies – solutions for high-speed chip-to-chip and board-to-board transmission within computer networking chipsets - AED – reusable components for integrated systems - Avertec - innovative tools for verification and analysis of integrated circuits Scientists from ASIM have joined these enterprises to further develop the research findings in the field of Micro-Electronics.