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Posted: Feb 07, 2012

Microsemi Participates in New Research Project to Reduce CO Emissions

(Nanowerk News) Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today 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 out 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; will be involved in gas sensors 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, a 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 SIP (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 degrees centigrade.
    The extension of the platform to optical detectors, such as ultra-violet (UV) photodiode flame detectors and infrared (IR) combined sources/detectors, will also be explored.
    About Microsemi
    Microsemi Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor solutions for: aerospace, defense and security; enterprise and communications; and medical, alternative energy and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed-signal and RF ICs, ultra low-power radios, customizable SoCs, FPGAs and complete subsystems. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.
    Source: Microsemi (press release)
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