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Transfer-print operations for heterogeneous integration

Objective

Smart systems technologies are evolving towards ever increasing functionality and miniaturisation through the heterogeneous integration of separate components. The ideal integration requires precision placement of multiple types of devices on a substrate to allow their inter-connection. We propose to solve this integration challenge through an exciting new technique called micro-Transfer-Printing (TP) where the essential materials or devices, with thicknesses of a few microns, are separated from their native substrates and are transferred in parallel to the new platform according to the desired positioning while achieving micron-scale placement accuracy. Sequential application of the process enables different components of different functionality to be manipulated in a highly flexible and programmable way making best use of the materials. The TOP HIT project will aggressively develop and validate the TP technology by integrating electronics and photonics components for the magnetic and communication industries. These serve as examples for the broad capability of the technology which is compatible with low-cost manufacturing.
We will develop ‘On Head Microelectronics’ for data storage smart systems through the embedded integration of custom electronic circuits directly into the magnetic read-head. We will demonstrate TP as a scalable method for the integration of compound semiconductor based elements (lasers, detectors) with silicon photonics platforms demonstrating both a compact receiver circuit and a transceiver.
The partners in the TOP HIT consortium include international companies with extensive manufacturing capabilities, an SME, and two research institutes. The output of this project will help establish TP as a mainstream technology for heterogeneous integration, enabling manufacturing to be carried out in Europe through sales of equipment and through foundry services.

New more efficient smart products will emerge from the research carried out here.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2014-1

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Net EU contribution
€ 908 224,00
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 908 224,00

Participants (6)

X DISPLAY COMPANY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 552 500,00
Address
6th Floor, 2 Grand Canal Square
2 Dublin

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Region
Ireland Northern and Western Border
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 552 500,00
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY IRELAND
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 146 250,00
Address
Disc Drive - Springtown Industrial 1
BT48 0BF Londonderry

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Region
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Derry City and Strabane
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 1 146 250,00
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 862 200,00
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 862 200,00
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT BELGIUM
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 631 250,00
Address
Technologiepark-zwijnaarde 19 Aa Tower
9052 Gent

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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
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 631 250,00
X-FAB MEMS FOUNDRY GmbH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 661 945,00
Address
Haarbergstrasse 67
99097 Erfurt

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Region
Thüringen Thüringen Erfurt, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 661 945,00
THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 490 268,75
Address
B55 Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath
IP5 3RE Ipswich, Suffolk

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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
East of England East Anglia Suffolk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 490 268,75