• 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

    A Fully-Printed Organic Smart Temperature Sensor for Cold Chain Monitoring Applications

    Fattori, M., Mendes Da Costa, C. A., Fijn, J., Genco, E., Harpe, P., Cantatore, E. & Charbonneau, M., Mar 2020, 2020 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2020. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 4 p. 9075908

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

  • Low power versatile all-dynamic sensor interfaces

    Xin, H., 6 May 2020, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 155 p.

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

    Open Access

    A 0.34-571nW all-dynamic versatile sensor interface for temperature, capacitance, and resistance sensing

    Xin, H., Andraud, M., Baltus, P. G. M., Cantatore, E. & Harpe, P. J. A., Sep 2019, ESSCIRC 2019 - IEEE 45th European Solid State Circuits Conference. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 161-164 4 p. 8902918

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

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    • 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