Microsemi Joins CO Emissions Reduction ProjectFebruary 8, 2012
The multi-disciplinary industry consortium is tasked with developing silicon-on-insulator CMOS-compatible, high-temperature sensors for harsh environments to reduce carbon emissions and drive energy consumption savings.
ALISO VIEJO, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corp., a leading provider of semiconductor solutions, differentiated by power, security, reliability, and performance, announced its participation in a multi-disciplinary consortium tasked with developing innovative CMOS-compatible, high-temperature sensors that help reduce carbon emissions and drive energy consumption savings. The European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7ICT) is funding the majority of the SOI-HITS (Silicon on Insulator High Temperature Systems) project, which is slated for completion by the end of August 2014.
Microsemi will lead and manage the SOI-HITS project, and be responsible for high-temperature packaging and system integration activities. Additional consortium members include:
- Cambridge CMOS Sensors, a spin off of SME, will exploit the revolutionary smart technology for gas sensors developed by the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick.
- Cambridge University, a world-renowned body, will provide overall scientific coordination and technical leadership for the nano sensor design and fabrication within harsh environments.
- Cissoid, a leader in high-temperature semiconductor solutions, will design a high-temperature, highly integrated, intelligent interface circuit for the gas sensor.
- Honeywell Romania will be responsible for the demonstrator design and testing; will oversee the exploitation activities of the project; and will be involved in gas sensor design and fabrication and in the numerical simulation of the sensors and sensing system developed within the project.
- IREC will be responsible for scientific research related to gas sensing structures, design, numerical simulations, test structure fabrication, and sensing layer selection.
- Universite Catholique de Louvain will design and test a water vapour concentration sensor, a UV photodiode, and associated interface electronic circuits for high temperature operation.
- Warwick University, the world-renowned Microsensors & Bioelectronics Laboratory (formerly Sensors Research Laboratory), will be responsible for the characterization and testing of the gas sensors under harsh environmental conditions.
About the Project
For this project, SOI-HITS will develop sensors with a built-in electronic interface designed to work in harsh high-temperature environments, something that is difficult to achieve at the present time due to the limits of conventional sensor and control electronics and packaging.
The development of a high-temperature system in a package will enable real-world technology demonstrators with the capability of on-chip processing electronics, including drive circuitry, filters, amplifiers, processing circuits, and analog-to-digital interfaces, operating at 225°C.
The extension of the platform to optical detectors, such as ultra-violet photodiode flame detectors and infrared combined sources/detectors, will also be explored.
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