Miniaturized sensor package fabrication for autonomous driving – an insight into the TINKER project

Leo Schranzhofer

Autonomous driving and self-driving cars represent one prominent example for the use of microelectronics and sensors, most importantly RADAR and LiDAR sensors. Their respective markets have a big potential, e.g. it is estimated that the market size of LiDAR in automotive will increase significantly in the next years. European Union´s H2020 funded TINKER project is set to develop a new reliable, accurate, functional, cost- and resource efficient pathway for RADAR and LiDAR sensor package fabrication based on AM. The presentation gives an overview of the TINKER project, its motivation and ambition as well as some insights into current developments.

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Stretchable Electronics: The Next Big Tech Platform May Be Your Skin

Stretchable Electronics: The Next Big Tech Platform May Be Your Skin.If you purchase La Roche-Posay sunscreen this summer, it may come with a complimentary device that looks something like a heart-shaped Band-Aid. But it’s even thinner—half the width of a human hair—and unlike a Band-Aid, it contains miniature electronics that connect to your smartphone and monitor your sun exposure in real time. Continue reading “Stretchable Electronics: The Next Big Tech Platform May Be Your Skin”

Ultrasonic 3D Printing Allows for Electronics to be Embedded in Metal via Sound

A machine’s sensors take a beating during its lifetime. They can degrade over their lifetime of use due to force, corrosion, or the simple wear of everyday usage. It may be possible to significantly extend the lives of this important sensor equipment by housing them in solid metal. While it wouldn’t keep them operational forever, such a protective case could conceivably give them a much longer life cycle. Continue reading “Ultrasonic 3D Printing Allows for Electronics to be Embedded in Metal via Sound”