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FP6 Integrated Project: SENSATION

Period:       2004-2007

E.U. FP6 Integrated Project approved under Priority IST 2.3.1.2 (Micro and Nano sensors). The objective of this project was to explore a wide range of micro and nano-sensor technologies to achieve unobtrusive, cost-effective, real-time monitoring, detection and prediction of human physiological state in relation to wakefulness, fatigue and stress anytime, everywhere and for everybody. The Micro and Nanoelectronics Research Group was a partner in this Integrated Project, participating in 2 work packages of the project, with the task of designing medical sensors interface circuits.

Camera interface board for stereovision applications (Stereoview-Eye)

  • Provide a means of interfacing two cameras to a frame grabber in such a way that guarantees synchronised operation while ensuring that the system is able to cope with the bandwidth requirements.
  • Interface an additional camera to the same PC in a way that allows independent operation from the stereo vision pair.
  • Allow updating and reading of the camera control and status registers via the frame grabber API.
  • Provide means to interface an external IR-flash module to the cameras.
  • The stereovision camera pair will be used for 3-D localisation of a human subject and the third independent camera will be used for eyelid motion detection.
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Sensor Communication Network

Sensation Communication Platform:

  • Connection of Sensors with Applications
  • Sensors on the user’s body or in its local environment
  • Applications in the local or wide environment
  • Using technologies existing in the market

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Design and Development: BAN Prototype

SCM Functions and characteristics:
       
  • Secure transmission of data from 4 analogue sensors or 4 digital sensors
  • Size: 34 mm. x  48 mm.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • IEEE 802.15.4/Zigbee wireless based


SCM Implementation:

       

  • MSP430F427 microcontroller
  • CC2420 IEEE 802.15.4 wireless transceiver (2.4 GHz)
  • Sensor supply enable for sensors (non-exclusive).
  • Analogue switches for test current and implementation of 4th analogue channel.
  • Battery: 3.6V Lithium Ion battery.
  • Battery protection and charging circuit, with input for universal type adapter; 1.3mm plug


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Lab4MEMS

Period: 2013-2016

Lab4MEMS was a research and development (R&D) project funded by the European Community under the ENIAC Nanoelectronics Framework aiming to establish a European Pilot Line for key enabling technologies on advanced piezoelectric and magnetic materials, including advanced 3D Packaging technologies to meet the ever evolving market needs. The Pilot Line was promoted to reinforce the manufacturing facilities currently located in each respective participating country, aiming to implement and optimise the industrial processes and to validate the supply chains and the demonstrators suitable to penetrate the market. The main industrial Pilot Line was located in ST-Microelectronics among Italy and Malta, well supported by R&D Centres, SMEs and Research Labs distributed among the nine European countries of the consortium, streaming the whole manufacturing chain from front-end to back-end. The project started on January 2013 and ran for 30 months.

The University of Malta (UM) was actively involved in a number of work packages (WP). In WP2, UM is contributing in the design of a piezoelectric RF MEMS variable capacitor and AMR magnetometer test structures. In addition, UM was also involved in the design of the system architecture, including the electronics necessary to drive and test the MEMS devices. UM was also involved in WP4, where packaging processes for MEMS Devices and the setup of a pilot line for production of new MEMS Packages are being investigated. In particular, UM contributed to the characterisation and testing of the finished MEMS products. In WP5, UM contributed to the validation of the KET-pilot line technologies. UM was also involved in WP6, whose aim was to elaborate and coordinate a plan of dissemination, exploitation and standardisation.


Lab4MEMS II

Period: 1st November 2014 to 30th April 2018

Building on the established foundation and successes of the first Lab4MEMS project, Lab4MEMS II has been launched by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council with the aim of developing a pilot line for innovative key enabling technologies on advanced Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS). MOEMS, which merge MEMS and Micro-optics are designed to sense and manipulate optical signals on a very small scale, using integrated mechanical, optical and electrical systems. Such multi-technology integration make MOEMS an ideal platform for many industrial demonstrators and future commercial products such as pico-projectors, IR scanners and spectrometers actuated electrostatically or electromagnetically or piezo-electrically. The project will therefore aim in demonstrating the successful implementation of innovative MOEMS micro-mirror technologies enabling 3D IR scanning (Fig. 1a) and video projection though pico-projectors integrated with low-power portable electronics (Fig. 1b).

        

Fig. 1: Micro-mirror technologies for (a) pico-projectors (b) micro-scanners

The €20.5 million Lab4MEMS II project involved 20 industrial, academic and research partners, including the University of Malta and was in line with the European Community’s target of establishing Europe at the fore-front of micro and nanotechnology. The project promoted investment in the manufacturing and characterisation facilities currently located in each participating country while the main MOEMS industrial pilot line being located at ST-Microelectronics, the project’s coordinating partner. The University of Malta (UoM) was actively involved in a number of work packages (WP) within Lab4MEMS II. In WP2, UoM contributed to the design and optimisation of single and dual-axis micro-mirrors, utilising different actuation methodologies which were targeted for pico-projector and micro-scanner applications. As part of WP3, UoM was focusing on the finite element (FE) numerical techniques enabling the simulation of electrostatic and electromagnetic micro-mirror actuation with a focus on fluid damping mechanisms. UoM was also involved in WP4, where the design and construction of an in-house MOEMS characterisation facility was undertaken, in order to enable the scanning and dynamic display performance measurements of the fabricated micro-mirror prototypes. UoM was also involved in WP6, whose aim was to elaborate and coordinate a plan of dissemination, exploitation and standardisation. 


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PENTA ESAIRQ

Driven  by  a  growing  demand  for  sensors  and  the  potential  of  using  semiconductor  technologies in this application space, the Environmental Sensors for Air Quality (ESAIRQ) project focuses on developing essential technologies for gas sensing, while researching selective,  sensitive  and  reliable  sensors  at  affordable  costs  for  mass  exploitation.  ESAIRQ’s deliverables, notably its gas, fine-particle and pathogen-sensing technologies, will have a significant health, societal and environmental impact.


https://www.project-esairq.com/


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