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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/microelectronics
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 908 224

Participants (6)

X DISPLAY COMPANY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 552 500
Address
6Th Floor, 2 Grand Canal Square
2 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY IRELAND
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 146 250
Address
Disc Drive - Springtown Industrial 1
BT48 0BF Londonderry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 862 200
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 631 250
Address
Technologiepark-zwijnaarde 19 Aa Tower
9052 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
X-FAB MEMS FOUNDRY GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 661 945
Address
Haarbergstr. 67
99097 Erfurt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 490 268,75
Address
B55 Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath
IP5 3RE Ipswich, Suffolk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)