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MICRONET

MICRONET represents a network of Research Laboratories and companies, born as a strategic project promoted by the Emilia-Romagna region, to allow SMEs to have micro and nanotechnologies to embed/integrate into their products and to develop the strategic asset of the IMM Clean Room located in the CNR Research Area of Bologna.

Partnerships

ASTER
MIST E-R s.c.r.l.
REDOX s.r.l., Research Laboratory
CNR IMM Bologna
CIRI ICT of the University of Bologna
Softech-ICT of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Abstract

The project intends to promote the prospects of innovation and development of local businesses thanks to the availability of a relevant research facility at the IMM-CNR institute able to realize micro- and nano-metric structures operating on 4-6 silicon slices. ”. The structure includes a clean room, technological facilities, facilities for design and simulations, means for structural, electrical and optical characterization and in general for sensors and microsystems. On the other hand, there is a need for SMEs to have microsystems that integrate the transducers and control electronics to be included in their products to access the high added value range of mechatronics, or more generally the X-tronic . Furthermore, products belonging to very different markets need the aforementioned technology, such as in the fields of consumer domotics, automotive, industrial automation, biomedical, environmental safety, industrial and construction. Micronet is therefore born with the intent to cope with this industrial technological need, developing at the same time the strategic asset of the facilities available at the CNR.

Results

The grouping proposes to exploit the availability of the CNR clean room for the manufacture of MEMS devices and to satisfy in this way the need for SMEs to have microsystems that integrate the transducers and the control electronics in their products. A general-purpose micro-system product range integrated into Smart Packages or modular HW architectures. In a broad spectrum, Micronet aims to create a cluster of SMEs operating on multiple products belonging to different markets, such as consumer domotics, automotive, industrial automation, biomedical, environmental safety/ road/building. The specific objectives, depending on the needs of the particular company, begin with the definition of specifications and the development of a hardware and software architecture including transduction nodes and control nodes. Subsequently we move on to the development of these local or remote nodes, which integrate with smart packaging technologies microsensors, microactuators and electronic circuits with signal acquisition and conditioning capabilities, pre-processing, and wireless interface. The device in question must perform the intended function and some auxiliary functions, such as compatible power supply, self-diagnosis, anti-EMI/EMC filters. The established technologies, already in the possession of the institute, are different, such as vacuum, flow, thermal conductivity, mass sensors, micro-hotplates and IR emitters, semiconductor gas sensor systems, strain sensors, light sensors , thermopiles and bolometers, ultrasonic (opto-acoustic) sources and detectors, photovoltaic cells, external actuated microvalves, Si and SiC cantilevers, microfluidic circuits, jet heads and microprojectors, nanotube arrays and oriented nanowires. Furthermore, Micronet proposes itself in the development of self-powering/energy-harvesting and front-end wireless communication systems for microcontrollers and microtransducers.