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Printed Intelligent NFC Game cards and packaging

Objective

The emerging technology breakthrough of the Internet-of-Things is expected to offer promising solutions for packaging and interactive entertainment. The PING project anticipates on this evolution and aims to develop flexible, fully integrated metal-oxide Near Field Communication (NFC) tags seamlessly embedded in folded carton packaging and game cards. This will introduce NFC technology at lower cost and without substantial changes to product dimensions and mechanical characteristics. Moreover, one-time programmable memory (PROM) will enable additional functionality. NFC chip development will be ready for implementation in the “up-scaled” production facility at Pragmatic Printing (>100Mn chips/year). As a result, the PING consortium represents the value chain (design, manufacturing, integration, assembly and conversion) of NFC-enabled products in Europe and will secure follow-on commercialisation for volume production. More specifically the PING objectives are as follows:
1) Development of a Process Design Kit (PDK) for automated design of complex integrated circuits in scalable metal-oxide technology and compatible with standard simulation tools
2) Advancing the design of complex NFC circuitry with enhanced performance and functionality using the developed PDK
3) Implementation of scalable manufacturing processes to realize flexible, large area metal-oxide NFC circuitry
4) Evaluation of suitable antenna manufacturing processes and chip bonding technologies
5) Demonstration of flexible, fully integrated metal-oxide NFC tags in the existing products of two end-users scalable to high-volume markets

The consortium is a well balanced mix of 1 SME (Pragmatic Printing), 3 industrial partners (Cartamundi, Smartrac, Van Genechten Packaging) and 2 major research institutes (imec, TNO) fully capable of achieving the ambitious PING goals. Moreover, this constellation enables the project to tackle the problem with an exhaustive approach, including researchers, developers and users. The main activities will focus on:
• NFC chip design and processing
• NFC antenna design and production
• PROM design and processing
• Assembly of chips, antenna and game card sheets

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2014-1

Coordinator

CARTAMUNDI TURNHOUT
Net EU contribution
€ 999 217,50
Address
Visbeekstraat 22
2300 Turnhout
Belgium

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

PRAGMATIC SEMICONDUCTOR LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 538 500,00
Address
National Centre For Printable Elect Ronics Thomas T Way Netpark Sedgefield Stockton On Tee S
TS21 3FG Cleveland

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SME

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

Yes
Region
North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 749 587,50
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
VG NICOLAUS GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 80 124,84
Address
Ulmer Strasse 18
87437 Kempten Allgau

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Region
Bayern Schwaben Kempten (Allgäu), Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

VG ANGOULEME
France
Net EU contribution
€ 13 474,99
Address
146 Boulevard Salvador Alliende N°3
16340 L Isle D Espagnac

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Region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes Charente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

VAN GENECHTEN PACKAGING
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 95 331,93
Address
Raadsherenstraat 2
2300 Turnhout

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

VAN GENECHTEN BIERMANS
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 13 474,99
Address
Raadsherenstraat 2
2300 Turnhout

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 353 031,25
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
SMARTRAC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 491 500,00
Address
Karlsruher Strasse 3
70771 Leinfelden Echterdingen

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Esslingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00