Infineon has rolled up the curtains on a three-year project on the company’s site in Dresden, Germany. IoSense is an R&D collaboration of 33 partners from six countries across the value chain for sensors and a budget of about $70 million. The main commercial participants are Infineon, Ams, Philips Lighting and Siemens, among other numerous academic and research institute partners.

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

The name comes 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.

EEOL 2016MAY30 SENS NT 06 Figure 1: IoSense is an R&D collaboration of 33 partners from six countries across the value chain for sensors and a budget of about $70 million that also includes Ams, Philips Lighting and Siemens.

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

"Sensor solutions from Infineon in cars make a major contribution to improving road safety," according to Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon. "With an increasingly networked world and the Internet of Things (IoT), 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.