STMicroelectronics Leads European Research to Secure Lead in Advanced MEMS Devices

STMicroelectronics Leads European Research to Secure Lead in Advanced MEMS 
Devices 
Lab4MEMS, an ENIAC Pilot-Line Project, Leverages ST's End-to-End MEMS
Facilities to Develop Enabling Technologies for Next-Generation
Applications 
GENEVA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/13 --  STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications, has begun working with research
partners to develop a pilot line for next-generation MEMS devices
augmented with advanced technologies such as piezoelectric or
magnetic materials and 3D packaging. The project was launched by the
European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint
Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics. 
In coordinating the EUR 28m, 30-month Lab4MEMS project, ST is working
with universities, research institutions and technology businesses
across nine European countries. The project benefits from ST's MEMS
facilities in France, Italy and Malta to establish a complete set of
manufacturing competencies for next-generation devices, spanning
design and fabrication to test and packaging. 
With over 800 MEMS-related patents, more than three billion devices
shipped and extensive in-house production capabilities currently
producing more than 4 million MEMS devices per day, ST is ideally
placed to lead the Lab4MEMS research into next-generation devices.
The project will develop technologies such as Piezoelectric (PZT)
thin films to enhance current pure-silicon MEMS, enabling
improvements such as larger displacement, higher sensing
functionality and greater energy density. These are needed to build
smart sensors, actuators, micro pumps and energy harvesters meeting
the demands of future data-storage, ink-jet, healthcare, automotive,
industrial-control and smart-building applications, as well as
consumer applications such as smartphones and navigation devices. 
The project will also develop advanced packaging technologies and
vertical interconnections using flip-chip, through-silicon vias and
through-mold vias, enabling 3D-integrated devices for applications
such as body area sensors and remote monitoring. A key target is to
perfect a PZT deposition process compatible with mass production, and
integrate it into complex MEMS processes to enable innovative
actuators and sensors on System-On-Chip industrial products. 
Lab4MEMS is one of the Key Enabling Technologies (KET) Pilot-Line
projects contracted by the ENIAC JU to develop technologies and
application areas with substantial societal impact. "The ENIAC JU
research agenda has synergies with ST's commitment to improving
quality of life through technology," said Roberto Zafalon, European
Programs Manager, R&D and Public Affairs, STMicroelectronics.
"Lab4MEMS is an important project that will benefit consortium
members and stakeholders, including ENIAC member states. Ultimately,
we expect the results to translate into long-term prosperity and
valuable knowledge-based employment opportunities." 
The ENIAC JU is a public-private partnership involving ENIAC member
states, the European Union, and the Association for European
Nanoelectronics Activities (AENEAS). It is currently contributing
some EUR 1.8bn towards the costs of R&D projects, which it selects
through a competitive process assessing responses to its Calls for
Proposals. The Lab4MEMS project, coordinated by ST, was selected in
2012 and work began in January 2013. 
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Lab4MEMS PR: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1690160/554871.pdf  
For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 
 
 
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