Infineon, AMS set to benefit from $70M European sensor project

May 26, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
IoSense, a European pilot line project has kicked off in Dresden, Germany at the site of project leader Infineon Technologies AG.

IoSense is a three-year project with 33 partners from six countries collaborating on R&D across the value chain for sensors and a budget of €65 million (about $70 million). Although there are numerous academic and research institute partners the main commercial participants are Infineon, AMS, Philips Lighting and Siemens.

The European Commission is providing €14.7 million (about $16.5 million) and the German state of Saxony and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will contribute €5.2 million (about $5.8 million).

The name derives from Internet of Sensors and is intended to support the creation of three pilot lines (two front-end and one back-end) for the production of both discrete and integrated sensor systems.

The project has been divided into 7 technical work packages with a further two focused on the management of the project and standardization and dissemination of the results.

"Sensor solutions from Infineon in cars make a major contribution to improving road safety," said Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon, in a statement. "With an increasingly networked world and the Internet of Things, the demand for such sensor solutions will see a dramatic rise. In addition, sensors are increasingly employed in smartphones and lifestyle products. We will benefit from this market growth through new sensor technologies and competitive production methods."

Infineon Technologies Austria AG is set to lead another European research project that will begin this month. Semi40 will focus on manufacturing power semiconductors according to Industry 4.0 requirements.

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