By 2020, more than 30 billion devices worldwide will be connected with each other on the Internet of Things (IoT). According to forecasts, this figure will rise to 75 billion within just five years. The key to this are highly integrated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), miniaturized sensor concepts and robust chip solutions. Industrial manufacturing in particular requires solutions that perform reliably even under extreme heat or in dusty or aggressive environments.
Ceramic microelectronics for industrial IoT – from multifunctional materials to smart systems
For digital transformation in industrial manufacturing, IKTS develops multifunctional materials and systems whose extraordinary properties make them suitable for demanding applications. Depending on the application, various synthesis, packaging, joining, layer deposition and structuring technologies are available at IKTS. In addition, IKTS offers state-of-the-art artificial intelligence methods with which signals can be automatically interpreted.
Hardware that sets new standards in automotive engineering, medical technology, chemical and steel production, oil and coal production and the operation of safety-relevant public infrastructures will be shown. The following examples demonstrate, among others, the technological chain from materiasl to tested systems:
Detector for early warning systems
The ceramic multilayer technology allows the construction of highly integrated microsystems with the highest functional density in the smallest space. As a field device, the miniaturized detector detects and monitors gas generation in sewer networks, emissions in combustion plants and processes in the chemical industry - with extremely reduced fuel gas consumption of only 10 ml/min.
Coils for speed measurement in turbochargers
Also using ceramic multilayer technology, the lateral winding distance of printed and embedded coils for measuring the speed in the turbocharger of vehicle engines can be minimized to 30 μm for the first time. This results in significantly lower-noise and lower-loss measurement signals.
LED package for lighting in humid atmospheres
Until now, LEDs for special applications could only be used in completely encapsulated polymer systems. These were manufactured at great expense and worn out after only a short time. An all-ceramic housing technology for LEDs now enables operation in harsh environments with high color stability and constant luminous efficiency.