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Arnold T.,CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG | Leitner R.,CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG | Bodner G.,University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Proceedings of IEEE Sensors | Year: 2017

A hyper-spectral root imaging system for the acquisition of spatially resolved near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy data of rhizoboxes has been developed and applied for research into the drought-resistance of roots. In contrast to imaging using visible light, the NIR wavelength range (1000nm to 2500nm) allows discriminating essential plant features by their unique spectral characteristics. The increased image contrast in the NIR allows roots to be directly segmented from soil and also extract additional information, e.g. basic root architecture. The water absorption bands in the NIR range can be exploited to both determine the actual water content and estimate the age of the roots. The paper presents the hardware setup of the hyper-spectral root imaging system and first results of the related target application. © 2016 IEEE.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-02-2014 | Award Amount: 87.61M | Year: 2015

The key objective of PowerBase Enhanced substrates and GaN pilot lines enabling compact power applications is to ensure the availability of Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) for key markets and for addressing societal challenges, aiming at keeping Europe at the forefront of the technology development, bridging the gap between research and exploitation, creating economic and employment growth in the European Union. The project PowerBase aims to contribute to the industrial ambition of value creation in Europe and fully supports this vision by addressing key topics of ECSEL multi annual strategic plan 2014. By positioning PowerBase as innovation action a clear focus on exploitation of the expected result is primary goal. To expand the limits in current power semiconductor technologies the project focuses on setting up a qualified wide band gap GaN technology Pilot line, on expanding the limits of todays silicon based substrate materials for power semiconductors, improving manufacturing efficiency by innovative automation, setting up of a GaN compatible chip embedding pilot line and demonstrating innovation potential in leading compact power application domains. PowerBase is a project proposal with a vertical supply chain involved with contributions from partners in 7 European countries. This spans expertise from raw material research, process innovation, pilot line, assembly innovation and pilot line up to various application domains representing enhanced smart systems. The supporting partners consist of market leaders in their domain, having excellent technological background, which are fully committed to achieve the very challenging project goals. The project PowerBase aims to have significant impact on mart regions. High tech jobs in the area of semiconductor technologies and micro/nano electronics in general are expressed core competences of the regions Austria: Carinthia, Styria, Germany: Sachsen, Bavaria and many other countries/ regions involved.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.3.6 | Award Amount: 4.43M | Year: 2008

MEMFIS plans to show the feasibility of a miniature spectroscopic chemical sensor system based on a micro-FT-IR spectrometer. Based on mid-infrared spectroscopy offering analyte selectivity unrivalled by any other method and paired with the inherent sensitivity of a FT-IR spectrometer, such devices could be used in a wide range of applications, from air monitoring over in-line real-time process control to security monitoring. The spectrometer utilises innovative optical components based on MEMS-technology, leading to very compact and rugged spectroscopic devices with ultra-rapid scanning capabilities. The addition of a miniature source and a dedicated, highly sensitive detector completes the spectrometer module. Adding electronics and data evaluation and providing a standardised interface to various different modern IR probes, the MEMFIS spectrometer will present a very powerful spectroscopic sensor and a significant step forward in the smart spectroscopic sensors, microsystems technology and vibrational spectroscopy in general.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP-2009-1.2-3 | Award Amount: 2.22M | Year: 2009

Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology has been applied for more than 20 years to develop sensors exhibiting unique capabilities with limited ageing effects resulting in long term stability properties. During the 90s, they have proved their capability to be wirelessly operated without any on-board power supply. In parallel, the long term development of advanced material, particularly in Russia, has yielded a new class of material, namely Langasite and its variant forms, that can be substituted to quartz and lithium niobate particularly when operating at high temperature. Our project will demonstrate wireless SAW sensors operating in an unprecedented temperature range. This sets extreme challenges to all parts of the sensor system since the developed wireless system will be suitable to operate in harsh environments. The great progress brought by the project takes advantage of a consortium involving complementary major academics and industrial actors of SAW-sensor-based systems capable to successfully face the challenges of implementing a whole system allowing for physical metrology in harsh conditions. Substantial improvements will be provided for sensing physical parameters in a wide temperature range (-20C to \650C), in monitoring a nano-based production process and other applications. Significant knowledge will be generated in nano-sciences and nano-technologies linked to SAW physical sensors and materials for industrial applications. Demonstration of the system will be achieved at an industrial level for monitoring physical parameters under high pressures and high temperatures. The SAWHOT project consortium is set up on the basis of a bilateral Russian-European partnership generating a unique workforce cooperating within the FP7 framework to address this challenge. Finally, this project will bring on sustainable high-tech socio economic prospects : new markets and standards, improved cooperation between EU and Russian organizations.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-15-2015 | Award Amount: 65.27M | Year: 2016

The EU has set the stage to empower semiconductor manufacturing in Europe being one of the key drivers for innovation and employment and creator for answers to the challenges of the modern society. Aim of IoSense is to boost the European competitiveness of ECS industries by increasing the pilot production capacity and improving Time-to-Market for innovative microelectronics, accomplished by establishing three fully connected semiconductor pilot lines in Europe: two 200mm frontend (Dresden and Regensburg) and one backend (Regensburg) lines networking with existing highly specialized manufacturing lines. Focus is the availability of top innovative, competitive sensors and sensor systems Made in Europe for applications in Smart Mobility, Society, Energy, Health and Production. Today competitors are already involved in the development of sensor systems for applications in the emerging Internet of Things. But there is a significant gap between those forces and the capabilities to bring ideas into the high volume market fast enough. IoSense will close this gap by providing three modular flexible pilot lines being seamless integrated in the IoT value crating networks and ready to manufacture each kind of sensor system prototypes. IoSense will increase the manufacturing capacity of sensor/MEMS components in the involved pilot lines by factor of 10 while reducing manufacturing cost and time by 30%. IoSense is designed to enable focused development work on technological and application oriented tasks combining with market orientation. Design to Market Needs will be accomplished by customer involvement, embedding all required functionality besides sensors. Finally, the time for idea-to-market for new sensor systems is intended to be brought down to less than one year. As a result, semiconductor manufacturing will get a new boost in Europe enabling the industry with competitive solutions, securing employment and providing answers to the upcoming challenges in the IoT era.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.2.1 | Award Amount: 4.79M | Year: 2010

TACO develops a 3D sensing system with real 3D foveation properties endowing service robots with a higher level of motion and affordance perception and interaction capabilities with respect to everyday objects and environments. By 3D foveation properties we mean properties based on the process of acquiring 3D images with coarse level of details, applying fast object recognition techniques to identify areas of interest in the coarse 3D image and then concentrate the image acquisition on details of interest allowing for higher resolution 3D sampling of these details. This new 3D foveation concept will allow robots to interact with everyday environments in a more natural and human-like manner, increasing the level of detail whenever needed for interaction between the robot and everyday objects and humans. These 3D foveation properties are achieved by utilising the power of micro-mirror MEMS technology combined with state-of-the-art time-of-flight methods to ensure a system that is small, light-weight and easily mounted on an ordinary-sized service robot or even a robot arm. The project will explore control strategies for 3D foveation allowing 3D robot vision that is adaptable with space- and time-variant sampling, processing and understanding. The project will verify and test the 3D sensing system in a robotic environment, exploring the capabilities of the system to allow the robot to navigate autonomously and interact with a diverse number of everyday objects. The TACO consortium has RTD partners and industrial end users: Fraunhofer IPMS (micro-mirror scanning device), Fraunhofer IPM (3D range sensors), CTR (Electronics), SINTEF (3D foveation software), TU Wien (benchmarking with state-of-the-art 3D sensing methods), Shadow Robotics (application towards robot grippers) and Oxford Technologies (application towards robots for harsh environments)


Baumgart M.,CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG | Tortschanoff A.,CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG
International Journal of Optomechatronics | Year: 2013

Tiltable mirrors, which can be produced in small form factors via MOEMS technology, are widely used for many applications. An independent, accurate and fast feedback of the angle position is demanded by industry. Simple optical tilt angle sensing layouts are analytically described. The concept is based on measuring tilt angle dependent intensity or intensity differences. The performance limits of each layout are evaluated and derived design rules for the best linear behavior are given. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Baumgart M.,CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG | Tortschanoff A.,CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2013

A tilt mirror's deflection angle tracking setup is examined from a theoretical point of view. The proposed setup is based on a simple optical approach and easily scalable. Thus, the principle is especially of interest for small and fast oscillating MEMS/MOEMS based tilt mirrors. An experimentally established optical scheme is used as a starting point for accurate and fast mirror angle-position detection. This approach uses an additional layer, positioned under the MOEMS mirror's backside, consisting of a light source in the center and two photodetectors positioned symmetrical around the center. The mirror's back surface is illuminated by the light source and the intensity change due to mirror tilting is tracked via the photodiodes. The challenge of this method is to get a linear relation between the measured intensity and the current mirror tilt angle even for larger angles. State-of-the-art MOEMS mirrors achieve angles up to ±30, which exceeds the linear angle approximations. The use of an LED, small laser diode or VCSEL as a lightsource is appropriate due to their small size and inexpensive price. Those light sources typically emit light with a Gaussian intensity distribution. This makes an analytical prediction of the expected detector signal quite complicated. In this publication an analytical simulation model is developed to evaluate the influence of the main parameters for this optical mirror tilt-sensor design. An easy and fast to calculate value directly linked to the mirror's tilt-angle is the "relative differential intensity" (RDI = (I1 - I2) / (I1 + I2)). Evaluation of its slope and nonlinear error highlights dependencies between the identified parameters for best SNR and linearity. Also the energy amount covering the detector area is taken into account. Design optimizing rules are proposed and discussed based on theoretical considerations. © 2013 SPIE.


Patent
Vectron International Gmbh & Co. Kg and CTR CARINTHIAN Technology RESEARCH AG | Date: 2011-03-10

Electrically conductive thin film metallizations having continuous operating temperatures of 300 C. and more are of considerable practical interest for a number of technical applications, such as surface wave elements. Technical reasons and high production costs are a bar to the use of standard films. In order to remedy this, films including a mixture of a high-melting conductive metal and aluminum oxides, wherein in particular aluminum-rich non-stoichiometric aluminum oxides are used. The aluminum oxides act as components thermally stabilizing the conductive metal film; an optional proportion of chemically available aluminum can additionally alloy with the conductive metal and thereby enables essential film properties, such as the electrical conductivity to be specifically influenced. It is thus possible, using standard materials and methods of thin film deposition, in a cost-effective manner to produce highly electrically conductive, thermally resistant films having good structurability and comparatively low density for a wide range of different applications.


Patent
CTR Carinthian Technology Research AG | Date: 2014-01-15

An electro-acoustic component that may be used for wireless sensor applications and a transponder comprising such an electro-acoustic component is provided. The electro-acoustic component comprises an electro-acoustic transducer and a piezoelectric layer in an acoustic track on a piezoelectric substrate.

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