Projects

Highlights of research activities at Silicon Austria Labs. Due to data protection you can only find a short selection. 

HMDP

Acquisition of a hybrid material printing platform for the new Printed Electronics Laboratory in Villach

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T-TRONICS

T-TRONICS combines wood & electronics. The aim of the project is to equip wood products with a wide range of functions and thus optimize production processes with the help of embedded sensors.

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HEYPER

The project "HEYPER" deals with power electronics for permanent magnet drives, or more specifically with the overall efficiency of inverter-fed permanent magnet drives.

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PERFORM

The aim of this project is the control development for a high-power density solar array simulator with a switched shunt regulator.

 

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PLATEAU

Within this project, piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducers (pMUT) leveraging the advanced piezoelectric thin film and microsystems technologies for medical imaging applications are being developed.

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TEX-Hype

TEX-Hype (TEXtile Integrated HYbrid Printed Electronics) aims at the development of novel technologies for smart textiles, enabling a seamless integration of electronics and sensors into garments and the development of remote patient monitoring systems.

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FLEXS

Das Projekt FLEXS zielt auf die Realisierung einer nachhaltigen, autarken und flexiblen Sensorplattform für die Detektion chemischer Gase ab.

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bat2share

Development and test of the necessary hard- and software for an energy self-sufficient e-bike battery charging, storing and sharing station with centralized battery management and health monitoring system.

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ROSE

The ROSE project is researching the development of a soft robotic gripper, equipped with flexible sensors for measuring normal and shear forces in order to measure and forces during gripping processes and support the latter.

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Millimeter Wave Over-The-Air Testing

The project Millimeter Wave Over-the-Air (mmWave OTA) is researching and developing a cutting-edge test-setup employing novel active metamaterial surfaces to assess the radiation characteristics of mmWave frequency devices from automotive radars to 5G/6G mobile devices.

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NEARNESS

Within this project we want to investigate novel hardware concepts for ultra-sonic transducers, signal generators and signal processing in the analog and digital domain.

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WS2CARE

Future vehicles will be connected, efficient and highly automated. This will make them a primary target for all kinds of cyber-threats. This is exactly where the project WS2CARE comes in, focusing on the identification, verification and validation of wireless components in vehicles.

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HELIOS

This project is investigating circuit topologies which can be used for mm-Wave Wireless communication.

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PREMI

The project aims at the development of novel and optimized methods for modeling and simulation of electromagnetic interference (EMI) of electronic based systems (EBS).

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DIGINEURON

The project “DIGINEURON” is investigating neuromorphic approaches to enable Neural Network processing in portable electronic systems, beginning with event based and time coding digital architectures.

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Tiny Power Box

In the project "Tiny Power Box", the focus is on optimizing the power density of built-in chargers in electric cars, so-called onboard chargers.

 

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Active Metamaterial

Within the project „Active Metamaterial”, we investigate the manipulation of high frequency electromagnetic waves, which occur in future wireless communication techniques and radar applications.

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CAPSENS

In the project “CAPSENS” hermetic triple stack wafer-level bonding for a miniaturized environmental sensor based on the photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) is investigated.

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PIXEL

This project aims to develop advanced pMUT arrays for gas flowmeters.

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FIRESAT

The FIRE-SAT project (artiFIcial Intelligence on eaRth obsErvation SATellites) investigates the challenges and benefits of earth observation missions enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) processing onboard the satellite.

 

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Smart Lightweight 4.1

Silicon Austria Labs is developing and characterizing several sensors using inkjet technology that are expected to bring benefits to manufacturing and composites industries.

 

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Lighten

This project aims to support decision makers in the field of healthcare through the comprehensive use of digital tools.

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HiEFFICIENT

The European “Green Deal” initiative by the EU commission strives for sustainable mobility and efficient use of resources. Within HiEFFICIENT the project partners will work towards these goals and will develop the next generation of wide bandgap semiconductors (WBG) in the area of smart mobility.

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AEROMIC

The core mission of AEROMIC is to develop breakthrough microphone technologies to significantly improve the environmental performance of aircraft, for example reducing noise emissions.

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Smart Mask

Together with industrial partners, SAL aims at creating smart respiratory masks. The objective is a low-cost and efficient solution that transforms common respirators into smart masks, which will provide information about the mask’s condition.

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InSecTT

InSecTT features a big variety of industry-driven use cases embedded into various application domains where Europe is in a leading position, i.e. smart infrastructure, building, manufacturing, automotive, aeronautics, railway, urban public transport, maritime as well as health.

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High Speed Cable Measurement and Modelling

Create, verify and validate models of a post-silicon validation system’s high-speed test connection, featuring very high pin and cable count. The intended project output is a 3D simulation model of the hardware interconnection, including connectors and cable harness, suitable for integration to time- and frequency-domain circuit simulation.

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BCI Modeling and Test

Scope of this cooperative project between Silicon Austria Labs GmbH and ams AG was the development of a simulation testbench to virtually execute compliance tests of components before they are actually fabricated.

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iLIDS4SAM

Automated mobility systems are presently moving towards more complex urban traffic scenarios. The iLIDS4SAM project will enable this transition by developing high performance, low-cost LiDAR sensors with increased field of view and resolution.

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QSense4Power

QSense4Power will – for the first time - utilize point defects in Silicon Carbide as intrinsic quantum Sensors for diagnostics on real-world power electronics devices. Potential applications will span all stages of development, fabrication up to electrical test operation.

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Advanced Wafer Level Technologies

Creation of a powerful model­ling and MEMS (MEMS = microelectromecha­nical systems) design toolbox for advanced wafer level MEMS inte­gra­tion

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QSense4Life Forward-looking quantum sensorics project for life science and consumer applications.

Forward-looking quantum sensorics project for life science and consumer applications.

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SensSemicon

The project "SensSemicon" deals with the development of a networked wireless sensor system to make semiconductor production machines fit for Industry 4.0.

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RETINA AUSTRIA AND SLOVENIA LINKING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

The RETINA project brings together Austrian and Slovenian research institutions from the field of material sciences. Due to the access to a central network, especially companies in the border region should benefit.

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EFIPAS

In the "EFiPaS" project, everything revolves around the detection and characterization of fine dust particles - mobile and everywhere. The user can then use a smartphone or "intelligent wearables" to obtain up-to-date information about particles in the environment and protect him/her self from pollution.

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PVRE2

Austrian lead project “Sustainable Photovoltaics – PVRe²” is researching targeted and sustainable recycling and advanced material development.

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Next-Pro-Foil

Novel Extrusion Processes for Next Generation Light Management Films.

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BI-FACE

The project BI-FACE aims to develop technically as well as economically novel bifacial PV systems to exploit the enormous potential of this technology.

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OLEDSOLAR

The OLEDSOLAR project is about developing innovative critical manufacturing processes for eco-compatible and economic production of opto-electronic devices, including OLEDs, OPVs and CIGS solar cells, in Europe.

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Smart Lightweight 4.0

The project "Smart lightweight 4.0" unifies the competencies of three research institutions in Carinthia and represents at the same time a link to the cross-cutting topic Industry 4.0.

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SILENSE

The aim of the "SILENSE" project is to combine voice and gesture control and to improve the interaction between humans and machines.

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OptPV4.0

The research project OptPV4.0 aims to optimize the operations and maintenance procedures of photovoltaic power plants in order to improve and secure their energy yield and thus their economic viability.

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ShredIT4.0

The overall goal of the ShredIT4.0 project is to optimize the operation of industrial shredders to reduce production costs and increase throughput.

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UltimateGaN

The UltimateGaN project focuses on the next generation GaN technology particularly addressing major objectives along and across the entire vertical value chain of power and radio frequency (RF) electronics.

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Power2Power

The project Power2Power will enable innovations and create opportunities from possible disruptions by providing cost-effective high-power electronics components.

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MEMS SWITCH FOR GAMING CHIPS

Research and integration of an MEMS switch enable advances in this new gambling idea: Miniaturisation and the improvements in RFID chips for casinos make them more practical for players and increase chances of market success for the company.

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SMART CITY VILLACH

Villach wants to be a "Smart City" by addressing upcoming urban electricity challenges in a holistic way - from a technological, economical and socio-ecological perspective.

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ENERGY RESEARCH FOR FRIULI AND CARINTHIA

The cooperative project "Smart Energy" fosters nationawide collaboration from Italy and Austria in the area of energy technologies.

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PowerBase

The project "power base" is researching on energy saving electronics for the future.

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FEM Simulation

In order to develop ever more performing micro acoustic components and sensors for various applications, SAL needed a high-performing simulation tool.

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MOEMS 1D scanner module

The specially designed one-dimensional MOEMS scanner can greatly simplify and therefore speed up application development of MOEMS-based systems.

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POCKET-SIZED LABORATORY

The MEMFIS project (ultrasmall MEMS FTIR spectrometer) has set itself the target of making the analysis of substances mobile, reliable and suitable for industrial processes. Microsystems technology enables testing on site in real time.

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HT SAW GAS SENSOR

The high-temperature SAW gas sensor project is aimed at developing a miniaturised sensor for detecting exhaust gas. Integrated in the exhaust gas flow, it will be designed to monitor and minimise emissions.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PV MODULES

InnoModu reseachers are working on the next generation of photovoltaic cells and modules.

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Project OptiSens

The OptiSens project focuses on research into smart printed sensors that can be used for in-situ analysis of impedance, temperature and protons in wood composites. A Linz-based company, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, is in charge of the project.

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INNOVATIVE PHOTOVOLTAIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

The terahertz probing of photovoltaic substrates (TIPS) project uses terahertz radiation as a new tool in photovoltaics, for more accurate quality control and as a non-destructive test method.

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Project PV@Fassade

PV@Fassade researchers are currently designing building-integrated photovoltaics that are both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

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LIGHTSHEET MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

Development of a Scanner module for light sheet microscope system ZEISS's new light sheet microscope enables researchers to examine the life of organisms three dimensionally. The micro components for it were developed by Fraunhofer IPMS and SAL.

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ROBOTS TO BECOME MORE SOCIABLE

The objective of the TACO project (three-dimensional adaptive camera with object detection and foveation) is to improve robots’ sensing systems and help them to interact with their environment in a more natural way.

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Light beam replaces expensive analysis

NIR photo spectrometer as a fast and cost-effective technology analyzer: SAL experts developed the basis for Apo-Ident. Users can replace costly individual chemical analysis with a beam of light as it were. At the core of the Apo-Ident is an MEMS chip.

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Optical technologies for consumer lifestyle products

Lifestyle with high tech: Together with SAL researchers, Philips developed its light-based hair removal device further so that it now automatically detects changes in the skin.

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LASER IGNITION FOR ENGINES

Revolution with laser spark plug: The design and development of a laser that ignites the fuel mixture means that it can replace conventional spark plugs.

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LASER FOR HIGH-TECH HEADLIGHTS

Headlights can be turned into a high-tech light source with laser technology. Together with OSRAM, the market leader in automotive lighting, SAL is researching into a light source unit for automotive laser lights.

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SENSORS AT THE TEMPERATURE LIMIT

The purpose of the SAWHOT project (Surface Acoustic Wave wireless sensors for High Operating Temperature environments) is to improve the performance of wireless SAW sensors at extreme temperatures.

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EPT300

The ENIAC JU project EPT300 aims to develop and implement technology to achieve full-scale production of power devices on 300mm wafers. This will place European fabs at the forefront of power semiconductor manufacturing worldwide.

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EPPL – ENHANCED POWER PILOT LINE

Europe has core competencies in power semiconductor technologies directly impacting everyday life in applications like eco-friendly solar power generation, extended range automotive mobility, lower power consumption in illumination or smarter and more powerful medical-diagnostic appliances.

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Raman Micro-Spectrometry in semiconductor manufacturing

Raman micro-spectrometry was established as a dependable metrology tool for efficient, targeted R&D in semiconductor processing. Enabling a precise measurement of mechanical stresses in semiconductor materials in a contact-free process, as well as the detection and quantification of changes in the material’s structure itself, the results of the joint COMET efforts provide a valuable tool for manufacturing optimization and quality control.

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RECYCLING GLASS

Raman imaging: attractive, alternative technique for sorting glass: During this project, we turned Raman spectroscopy, which was purely a laboratory technique, into one suitable for industry in several steps.

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DOUBLE ENERGY FOR LASER IGNITION

For the very first time, the researchers of the competence center ASSIC were able to more than double the pulse energy of an ultra-compact and –robust solid state laser, 30 mJ to 65 mJ.

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MAGNETIC MULTIMEDIA INTERFACE

In this project, a novel magnetic map has led to the development of a 4-axis multimedia control element based on magnetic sensors thus replacing state-of-the-art systems based on three optical encoders, light guides and touch buttons.

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HIGH-ACCURACY NANOPARTICLE SENSOR

Amongst all the “fine dust”, in particular nanoparticles emitted by combustion processes pose serious health concerns. In a joint effort, researchers of the competence centre ASSIC developed a new, highly accurate optical sensor for such ultra-small pollutants.

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IOSENSE

The project, named IoSense is derived from the “Internet of Sensors”. The focus lies in the development and implementation of cost-effective production lines for sensors and sensor systems needed for the Internet of Things (IoT). The project, leaded by Infineon Technologies Dresden, is one of the most important European pilot line projects.

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