Research projects

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

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

Micro acoustic devices are ubiquitous. They are core signal processing components in every smart phone (SAW RF Filters) and can also be used to accurately sense temperature and deformations in harsh environment. 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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SMART SOCKET

Electronic development for the future and further development of smart cities: The development of a smart charger for electric vehicles has meant that the socket has also become smart. With a smartphone, vehicles can for example be charged automatically.

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SMART PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

Further developing photovoltaics: IPOT is a project devoted to developing new, forward-looking technologies for the photovoltaic industry with partners in the entire value chain.

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Spin process simulation

CFD for flow simulation: Support in further product developments for etching and cleaning wafers.

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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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EVAnetz

EVAnetz targets the conception and subsequent experimental validation of a non-destructive, inline-capable analysis method for determining the degree of crosslinking of the elastomeric ethylene/vinyl acetate encapsulants in PV modules.

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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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Identification in car paint shops

Body identification in paint shops using SAW technology.

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Optical quality control for automotive filters

Image-processing inspection system for process control in the production of filters: Selection and configuration of hard- and software; interface definition between process control system and camera; design of application specific software and user interface; implementation of the imaging system into the production process.

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QUALITY CONTROL FOR PVC FILMS

Optical systems support quality control: An automatic inspection system detects tiny holes and cracks in separators, which can then be rejected.

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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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Flow sensor

CFD for flow simulation: Characterisation of a sensor in relation to air flow and heat transmission.

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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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Smart baking tray

New sensor development for better baking results: The specially developed SAW sensors enable wireless measurements at extreme temperatures and provide pressure information during the baking process.

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DOUBLE ENERGY FOR LASER IGNITION

For the very first time, the researchers of the competence center ASSIC were 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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Project Optima

The research project OPtima wants to improve the production of plastic components for semiconductor machines.

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EXACT WIRELESS INTRACRANIAL PRESSURE MONITORING

Wired probes carry a very high risk of infection and slow down the healing process. A specially developed wireless sensor can monitor the pressure in the brain without leads, enabling the patient to recover better and faster.

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Project Infinity

The project INFINITY has the goal to adapt the photovoltaic system to different climatic and regional requirements. The holistic approach includes research along the entire value chain, beginning with materials, components, modules and the holistic pv-system.

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Terahertz meets photovoltaics

The combination of two key technologies: Terahertz radiation will pave the way for new developments in the photovoltaic industry.

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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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