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Assembly of miniaturized PCBs by using low cost hyper-fine solder powders

Objective

The total EU electronics industry employs ≈20.5 million people, sales exceeding €1 trillion and includes 396,000 SMEs. It is a major contributor to EU GDP and its size continues to grow fueled by demand from consumers to many industries. Despite its many positive impacts, the industry also faces some challenges connected with the enormous quantity of raw materials that it needs for sustainability, the huge quantity of Waste Electrical, Electronics Equipment (WEEE) generated and the threat of competition from Asia. To sustain its growth, to manage the impact of WEEE and to face the competition from Asia, the industry needs innovations in key areas. One such area is the drive for ultra-miniaturisation/ultlra-functionality of equipment. The key current road block/limitation to achieving the goal of ultra-miniaturisation/functionality is how to increase the component density on the printed circuit board (PCB). This is currently limited by the availability of hyper fine pitch solder powder pastes. FineSol aims to deliver at first stage an integrated production line for solder particles with size 1-10 μm and to formulate solder pastes containing these particles. Thus, by proper printing methods (e.g. screen and jet printing) the fabrication of PCBs with more than double component density will be achieved. Consequently, this would effectively enable more than a doubling of the functions available on electronic devices such as cell phones, satellite navigation systems, health devices etc. The successful completion of the FineSol project would lift the ultra-miniaturisation/functionality road block and also enable reduction in raw material usage, reduction in WEEE, reduction in pollution and associated health costs and also a major reduction in EU energy demand with all its indirect benefits for environment and society.

Call for proposal

H2020-FoF-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 723 875

Participants (13)

ATOMISING SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 450 625
Address
371 Coleford Road
S95NF Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLMECANIC GROUP SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 265 475
Address
Ul. Targowa 10C
98 346 Skomlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CREATIVE NANO PC
Greece
EU contribution
€ 196 700
Address
Leventi 4
12132 Peristeri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABIS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 253 400
Address
Ul. Kamienna 17
30 199 Rzaska
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 443 337,50
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Prisma Electronics ABEE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 242 375
Address
Dimokratias Avenue 87
68100 Alexandroupolis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MAT-TECH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 415 065
Address
Ekkersrijt 4508
5692 DM Son En Breugel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKTOS TESTING & RELIABILITY SERVICE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 440 410
Address
Ac Meyers Vaenge 15
2450 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ANDINNOVATION (CETRI) LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 400 750
Address
77, John Kennedy Avenue
1077 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 369 500
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 207 562,50
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
APPLIED MATERIALS ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 217 000
Address
Via Postumia Ovest 244
31048 San Bagio Di Callalta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY CALDICOT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 333 375
Address
Phase 2 Castlegate Business Park
NP26 5YW Gwent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)