RoMulus: Robust multi-sensor technology for condition monitoring in industrial 4.0 applications

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The project aims at the development and demonstration of new technologies and design methods that enable a systematical design of robust, energy-efficient multi-sensor microsystems for industrial applications. These multi-sensor microsystems consist of micromechanical and microelectronic sensor components and the new technologies and design methods allow a cost-effectively manufacturing in limited numbers. This enables SMEs from the sensor technology sector to more quickly, more safely and more economically than up-her develop and bring to market multi-sensor systems for industry 4.0 applications in a common value chain with R & D service providers and semiconductor manufacturers.

Industrial technology offers and design methods will be developed to encourage the development of MEMS sensors and integrated multi-sensor electronics with special emphasis on robustness and energy efficiency using a qualified standard production processes. This includes, inter alia, improved methods for computer-aided design of MEMS sensors with foundry technology, the first making available of a particular foundry process design kit (PDK) for ultra-low-power CMOS mixed-signal ASICs and new mixed-signal IP components to increase the design and test efficiency for multi-sensor systems.

The project results will be used by the consortium for the development of future multi-sensor products and their integration into industrial 4.0-enabled systems. Secondly, the results from Romulus like the design methods from multi-sensor design processes and IP solutions over foundry PDK, EDA tools upt o R&D service offerings will be provided to a wide range of users publicly available. Romulus is making an essential contribution to the cover of the position paper of Silicon Germany for "importance of microelectronics for industry 4.0" referred to specific technology and research needs. This results in an extensive leverage the innovative strength of the German sensor industry results far beyond the project consortium.

Project coordination:

Hochschule Reutlingen
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Hennig
fon: +49 7121 271-7129
eckhard [dot] hennigatreutlingen-university [dot] de

Project management:

edacentrum GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Popp
fon: +49 511 762-19697
poppatedacentrum [dot] de

Project partners:

Funding initial:

BMBF F&E 16ES0362-72K


October 01, 2015 - September 30, 2018


Project Information

NL 01 2016 (PKB)
NL 01 2015 (PN)

Used Abbreviations

PRProject Report
SPRShort Project Report
PNProject News
FPRFinal Project Report