The work is centred around four demonstrators:
- Magnetic microswitch based on magnetic integrated circuits for automotive applications, to be exploited mainly by SAIA. The need to introduce a new technology for low current applications is dictated by SAIA's customers in view of potential Far Eastern and North American competition.
- Programmable rotary switch based on integrated magnetic sensors for consumer applications, to be exploited mainly by Seuffer. By mid 1996, a demand for engineering samples of electronic switchboards is anticipated, in order to replace the present electromechanical products.
- Current monitor based on integrated magnetic sensors for high-voltage power supplies and commercial vehicles, to be exploited mainly by CAEN and Seuffer.
- Three-dimensional magnetic badge to record exposure to magnetic fields based on integrated magnetic vector sensors, to be exploited primarily by CAEN. The targeted high-end product might be favoured by legislation in the medium term.
The goal of the project is to deliver packaged and tested evaluation samples of several specific CMOS integrated magnetic microsystems for a variety of attractive high volume applications as well as high-end safety products. The main objective is to elaborate, consolidate and to transfer to the industrial environment the know-how for mass production of versatile integrated microsystems based on magnetic sensors. The common ground is the design and test of CMOS based magnetic sensor and interface circuit prototypes by ETH Zürich and the University of Pavia, and their manufacturing by AMS.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts