Corporations, universities and analysis institutes can embody their designs as dies on joint wafers, to check their concepts for units on a bigger scale at comparatively low prices.
The 2D-EPL is a €20 million undertaking aiming to pioneer the fabrication of prototype electronics and sensors based mostly on graphene and associated supplies (GRMs), and at integrating them into established silicon semiconductor platforms. Whereas doing so, the undertaking may even refine and scale up the manufacturing means of graphene-based electronics, together with growing crucial instruments, supplies and processes.
The 2D-EPL contains companions from throughout the entire worth chain – from software producers to semiconductor fabrication traces – together with Chalmers College of Know-how, Sweden; Aixtron, Germany and United Kingdom; Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (imec), Belgium; AMO, Germany; VTT, Finland; Süss MicroTec, Germany; Graphenea, Spain; Micro Resist Know-how, Germany; Improvements for Excessive Efficiency Microelectronics (IHP), Germany, and Oxford Devices, UK.
The 2D-EPL undertaking will supply a number of sorts of integration companies, together with multi-project wafer (MPW) runs. The primary run can be hosted in AMO GmbH’s 400-m2state-of-the artwork cleanroom. Goal purposes are bio, fuel, or chemical sensor, corridor sensor or photodetector purposes, profiting from graphene’s excessive sensitivity to the surroundings. The baseline course of is a graphene field effect transistor (GFET), with a number of customization choices.
The MPW run affords contributors a novel likelihood to accumulate GFETs on dies manufactured to their very own designs. The price of manufacturing is shared between the 2D-EPL undertaking and the client, that means that firms, universities and analysis institutes can entry this expertise at a a lot lower cost level. Presently, the portions obtainable are fitted to prototyping, analysis and improvement.
“This wafer run is an opportunity for educational teams, start-ups and different firms to check novel concepts for 2D materials units on a bigger scale at comparatively low prices,” stated Gordon Rinke, enterprise developer at AMO. “Because of this, they’ll accumulate extra knowledge of their units and straight check a bigger manufacturing quantity – a obligatory step to bringing a product to the market.”
“The MPW runs are an essential step within the 2D-EPL undertaking,” added Cedric Huyghebaert, 2D-EPL division chief. “Not solely do they supply clients in each trade and academia with entry to graphene-integrated wafers, however they provide an unlimited studying alternative as regards to the manufacturing of those units. We plan to check and analyze each stage of the manufacturing course of to scale up and enhance the manufacturing of graphene-integrated electronics.”
“Electronics based mostly on 2D supplies could be a actual automobile for Europe to realize shares within the high-tech sector, however what is required is the event of an entire ecosystem round this matter – from software builders to potential clients. That is what the 2D-EPL is attempting to realize. At AMO, we’re actually excited to contribute our expertise and our fabrication capabilities to this main undertaking,” stated Max Lemme, scientific director of AMO GmbH.
The primary 2D-EPL MPW run opened for purposes on Feb. 1, 2022 and the decision closes on June 30, 2022. The manufacturing stage of the MPW run will happen between 1 Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, 2022.
To use to be a part of the 2D-EPL’s first MPW run, go to 2dpilotline.eu.