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MNT EUROPE — Result In Brief

Project ID: 506231
Funded under: FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES
Country: France

Micro- and nanotech integration climb to new heights

Merging of micro- and nanotechnology is a classic example of technologies integration that has achieved synergy in operations, planning and commercial success.
Micro- and nanotech integration climb to new heights
Through the creation of a common technology portfolio, a European project, 'Staircase towards European MNT infrastructure integration' (MNT Europe), aimed to create a strategic alliance among five major electronics and micro- and nanotechnology (MNT) research centres. Integration of MNT research capabilities will extend their scope and create a distributed platform for research and development (R&D).

Three activities are core to delivery of MNT Europe's objectives for integration of MNT research initiatives – creation of the necessary legal framework, preparation of strategies to build a common view on future developments and organisation of the operational phase of the project including dissemination and external collaboration.

During the course of MNT Europe three newly introduced research activities aiming to develop new added functionalities to integrated circuits (ICs) exemplified the potential for the project initiative. These included radio frequency (RF) functionalities, sensors for addition to ICs as well as new integration blocks enabling inclusion of other functionalities.

Successful development of technologies included a 12.8 GHz sweep bandwidth radar module as an example of merging RF design expertise with MNTs from consortium partners. Moreover, two types of metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistors were developed for different voltage applications – 3.6 V and the other for medium voltage 45 V.

Exchange of knowledge and experts will lead to a common definition for future roadmaps. Research of the MNT Europe consortium is continuing in a follow up project to further develop exploitation of the research platform, optimise internal exchange and operation, and to manage joint strategic and commercial activities.

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