• P.O.Box 513, Department of Electical Engineering

    5600 Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The mission of the research on emerging technologies and applications is to design circuits and systems which exploit novel device technologies, in order to expand the application domain of electronics beyond what is conventionally possible with silicon integrated circuits (ICs) alone.

Organisational profile

In the last decade, silicon electronics has been increasingly integrated with other technologies (e.g. power devices, images sensors, MEMs) to enable new applications in the domains of physical and chemical sensing, healthcare, automotive, lighting, etc. The name ‘More than Moore’ has been used for these developments. The most long-term research in More than Moore’s electronics strives to integrate silicon with emerging non-silicon technologies like large-area, flexible, conformable, printed and nano-material based electronics to enable completely new applications.

The domain of emerging technologies is extremely broad, and research in the use of emerging technologies for electronic application needs focus. The IC group has decided to concentrate the research on circuit design for emerging technologies in two research programs:

1. Flexible and printed electronics
Integrated silicon electronics consists of in tiny and rigid ‘chips’. For this reason it cannot serve all purposes. Large-area electronics has been invented for applications like flat-panel displays, where transistors must cover large surfaces. Interestingly, some technologies for large area electronics keep the processing temperature always below 200°C, enabling the use of cheap plastic films as substrates and making possible flexible large-area circuits. Further research is focusing on the use of printing methods to fabricate this ‘flexible electronics’, achieving higher-speed production and even lower costs.
Flexible and printed large-area electronics, for its characteristics vastly different from silicon ICs, is an ideal candidate for our work towards enabling new applications of electronics. The characteristics of large-area, flexibility and low cost can be conveniently combined for different purposes, e.g. large area sensing surfaces, sensors integrated in packaging materials and flexible displays.

2. Integration of 2D nano-materials on Silicon ICs
Another set of emerging technologies which appears extremely promising from the circuit and system design perspective is the integration of 2D nano-material layers in the backend of line of Silicon ICs. Transistors, diodes and other devices exploiting such 2D molecular semiconductor layers have the potential to create ultra-sensitive detectors of e.g. charge and terahertz radiation on the surface of mainstream ICs.

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Research Output 2008 2019

A low power time domain ECG interface based on flexible a-IGZO TFTs

Zulqarnain, M., Stanzione, S., van der Steen, J. L. P. J., Gelinck, G. H., Myny, K. & Cantatore, E., 1 Jun 2019, Proceedings - 2019 8th International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces, IWASI 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 205-209 5 p. 8791321

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Time Domain
pulse duration
Low-frequency Noise

Circuit design for low-cost smart sensing applications based on printed flexible electronics

Fattori, M., 29 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 174 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Design trade-offs in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistor based bio-signal sensing front-ends

Zulqarnain, M., Stanzione, S., van der Steen, J. L. P. J., Gelinck, G., Abdinia, S. & Cantatore, E., 9 Jan 2019, In : Flexible and Printed Electronics. 4, 1, 12 p., 014001

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Zinc Oxide
Thin film transistors
Zinc oxide

Activities 2017 2017

  • 2 Keynote talk

Circuit design of large-area sensors on foil

Eugenio Cantatore (Invited speaker), S. Abdinia (Speaker), M. Fattori (Speaker), J.A. Fijn (Speaker), C. Garripoli (Speaker), M. Mohammad Zulqarnain (Speaker)
8 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Biopotential interfaces based on large-area flexible electronics

Eugenio Cantatore (Keynote speaker), S. Abdinia (Speaker), C. Garripoli (Speaker), M. Mohammad Zulqarnain (Speaker)
27 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific