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Nanomechanical Hardware Platforms for Edge Computing

Objective

Challenging operating environments are common across many important internet of things (IoT) applications related to enterprises and the circular economy, including automotive, aerospace, industrial and power generation. However, conventional electronics are not suitable for operation in challenging and harsh environments, e.g. at high temperatures. i-EDGE establishes an enabling nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switch technology platform for IoT edge devices operating under demanding conditions, i.e. high temperature (<300 °C) and/or high-radiation (<1 Mrad), uses zero standby power, non-volatile memory and has low compute performance requirements.
i-EDGE will realize a proof-of-concept demonstrator of a NEM “system-on-chip” (SoC) IoT node with an FPGA, non-volatile memory, and a temperature sensor, powered by a high-temperature capacitor bank, with a wireless power receiver for trickle charging the capacitor, and a simple data transceiver and sensor readout to interface to the on-chip FPGA and non-volatile memory. The FPGA fabric will be based on the NEM switch technology for digital logic, and integrated with a non-volatile memory array, analog utility blocks for wireless power transfer, data exchange and sensor readout. We will develop a NEM physical design kit (PDK) for design and circuit simulation, which will facilitate broad usage by application engineers. The technology and design flow will be demonstrated with a condition monitoring application, that has been developed for industrial IoT processes. In several previous EU and national projects, our technology has matured to TRL3 and i-EDGE will bring it to TRL5.
The i-EDGE consortium has all expertise to establish a full supply chain, from basic logic and memory cell design to Systems-on-Chip and a migration path to pilot manufacturing of the NEM technology in Europe. Thus, i-EDGE will help position the EU at the cutting edge of chip design and manufacturing capabilities, as envisaged by the EU Chips Act.

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GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MIKRO UND OPTOELEKTRONIK MIT BESCHRANKTERHAFTUNG AMO GMBH
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€ 679 718,75
Address
Otto Blumenthal Strasse
52074 Aachen
Germany

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
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Other
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€ 0,00

Participants (3)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 663 490,00
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm

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Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
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€ 514 536,25
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Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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Wien Wien
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY NANTES
France
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€ 275 000,00
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Route De Gachet La Chantrerie
44300 Nantes

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Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Loire-Atlantique
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

Partners (4)

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
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Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Neuchâtel
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Research Organisations
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SCIPROM SARL
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
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Rue Du Centre 70
1025 Saint Sulpice

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol

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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
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MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY CALDICOT LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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Phase 2 Castlegate Business Park
NP26 5YW Gwent

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Wales East Wales Monmouthshire and Newport
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