The Center of Microelectronics of Provence (CMP), part of Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE), France, is pleased to announce it has acquired a PulseForge 3200 photonic curing tool from NovaCentrix as part of an ongoing collaboration with NovaCentrix (Austin, Texas), and CERADROP (Limoge, France).
The goal of the effort is to study and commercialize printed electronics technologies including for smartcards, smart objects, and photovoltaics in the frame of the European Euripides project "SPrinTronics" led by CERADROP. After a thorough review of available post-print processing options, EMSE and its commercial partners in the Micro-PackS program determined the NovaCentrix PulseForge 3200 photonic curing tool best met program objectives for versatility and production capability. The tool is being integrated into a suite of equipment shared between EMSE and the regional MicroPacks R&D platform. The efficient curing technology is seen as a key point for the development of reel to reel industrial processes. "The close collaboration with NovaCentrix as a world-class leader in the field of photonic curing supports our strong collaboration with industrial partners," said Dr. Mohamed Saadaoui, research scientist at EMSE. Research areas include the interaction of materials such as nanoparticles with the intense pulsed light. The program goals also include seeking to reduce the cost of manufacturing products made by printing technologies, especially on temperature-sensitive substrates. "The NovaCentrix PulseForge 3200 not only has the R&D capability we need right now, but the fact that it is also a fully-capable production tool is critical to our end-user partners in meeting their aggressive commercialization timelines. The NovaCentrix applications engineers are experts in the photonic curing process, and their support is already helping us to hit our development milestones," said Dr. Saadaoui.
"We are excited to work with the world-class team at EMSE in their research and commercialization efforts" said Stan Farnsworth, vice president of marketing for NovaCentrix. "That EMSE and their partners have selected one of our state-of-the-art PulseForge 3200 tools for placement in their beautiful facility is a real honor." The tool as part of the EMSE/ Micro-PackS strategic partnership is also available for research projects, and for additional collaborations with industry and end-users.
The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (EMSE) is a French "Grandes Ecoles" dedicated to training highly qualified engineers and to carrying out research that meet the needs of industry, spanning fields of sciences and engineering such as civil engineering, life science and microelectronics. In 2003 the EMSE created the Centre of Microelectronics of Provence (CMP) located in Gardanne, between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, at the heart of a major French microelectronics cluster. This established a strong partnership with the smartcard, RFID and PV industry, including large companies such as STMicroelectronics and Gemalto, as well as several innovative SMEs such as CERADROP. The CMP covers research domain in the field of semiconductor manufacturing and logistics, digital security, printed and bioelectronics. EMSE is also member of the French printed electronics association (AFELIM). To learn more about EMSE and AFELIM, please visit www.emse.fr http://cmp.mines-stetienne.fr/ and http://www.afelim.fr/
Micro-PackS, an R&D partnership platform created in 2006, is the first national R&D structure for the assembly of micro-technology and printed electronics dedicated to "Smart Objects". Micro-PackS is an association for industrial and academics partners, mainly hosted by the Center for Microelectronics of Provence (EMSE-Gardanne) with 600 m2 of clean rooms and 200 m2 of characterization laboratories (Marseille, Toulon). Members and guests have access to the equipment park (9m€) and to associated services. The platform is designed to develop synergies around smart objects integration and security. Strong skills in PACA allow to develop opportunities in new markets and new uses while sharing the innovation risks. Micro-PackS is a global SCS Competitiveness Cluster platform governed by ARCSIS association. To learn more, please visit www.pf-micropacks.org/
The European project "SPrinTronics" launched in Limoges on the 14th of February 2012 and is dedicated to developing an industrial inkjet printing technology for printed electronics starting from the innovative approach offered by CERADROP's technology. The project received funding of 7M€ from European agencies for several Poles of Competitiveness (Minalogic, Elopsys, European Pole of Ceramics), and is addressing applications including smart cards, interconnections, 3rd generation of solar cells, as well as micro-electronic ceramics (multilayer capacitors and thick layered circuits) dedicated for specific applications and customers (defense, aerospace, instrumentation, medical implants, embedded solar cells, digital security). To learn more about SPrinTronics and CERADROP, please visit http://www.ceradrop.fr/en/RESEARCH-and-DEVELOPMENT/sprintronics.html
NovaCentrix, based in Austin, Texas, is a leader in printed electronics manufacturing technologies. The Company's PulseForge® photonic curing tools cure functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates such as paper and plastic. NovaCentrix's tools process a wide array of metal-based conductive inks, as well as non-metallic and semiconductor inks. NovaCentrix also offers high-performance, economical Metalon® conductive inks which work optimally with PulseForge tools. To learn more, please visit www.novacentrix.com .
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