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Enabling flexible integrated circuits and applications

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Project "FLICs" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KAPELDREEF 75
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3001

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 1˙499˙155 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙155 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

Thin-film transistor technologies are present in many products today that require an active transistor backplane e.g. flat-panel displays and flat-panel photodetector arrays. Unipolar n-type transistors based on amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (a-IGZO) as semiconductor is currently the most promising technology for next generation products demanding a high-performant, low power transistor, manufacturable on flexible substrates enabling curved, bendable and even rollable displays. a-IGZO is a wide bandgap material characterized by extremely low off-state leakage currents and electron mobility of ~20 cm2/Vs. IGZO transistors fabricated on flexible substrates will also find their use in applications that require flexible integrated circuits.

The goal of this FLICs proposal is to develop disruptive technology and ground-breaking design innovations with amorphous oxide TFTs on plastic substrates, targeting large scale or very large scale flexible integrated circuits with unprecedented characteristics in terms of power consumption, supply voltage and operating speed, for applications in IoT and wearable healthcare sensor patches.

We introduce a new logic style, “quasi-CMOS”, which is based on unipolar, oxide dual-gate thin-film transistors. This logic style will drastically decrease the power consumption of unipolar logic gates in a novel way by taking advantage of dynamic backgate driving and of the transistor’s unique low off-state leakage current, without compromising on switching speed. In addition, we also introduce downscaling of the transistor’s dimensions, while remaining compatible with upscaling to large-area manufacturing platforms. Finally, we will investigate novel ultralow-power design techniques on system-level, while exploiting the quasi-CMOS logic gates.

We will demonstrate the power of this innovation with circuits for item-level Internet-of-Things, UHF RFID, and wearable health sensor patches.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 A. Lebanov, A. Fantini, R. Degraeve, M. Nag, M. Willegems, S. Smout, S. Steudel, J. Genoe, P. Heremans, K. Myny
1TFT-1RRAM Cell on Polymeric Substrate as Non-Volatile Memory Element Enabling Future Flexible Electronic Platforms
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2019 P. Agrawal, N. Papadopoulos, K. Myny
Thin Film ASIC for Flexible Wearables
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2019 A. Lebanov, A. Fantini, J. Genoe, P. Heremans, K. Myny
Asymmetrical Voltage Driving for Memory Window Improvement of Flexible 1TFT-1RRAM Cells for Future Internet-of-Things Applications
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2019 P. Agrawal
Thin Film ASICs for Flexible Wearables
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2019 F. De Roose, H. Celiker, W. Dehaene, K. Myny
Moore’s Law for Flexible Integrated Circuits
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2019 Kris Myny
Flexible amplifiers for vital-sign monitoring
published pages: 325-326, ISSN: 2520-1131, DOI: 10.1038/s41928-019-0292-4
Nature Electronics 2/8 2019-10-01
2019 Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Soeren Steudel, Steve Smout, Myriam Willegems, Manoj Nag, Marc Ameys, Auke Jisk Kronemeijer, Paul Heremans, Kris Myny
9‐1: Invited Paper: Metal‐oxide readout electronics based on Indium‐Gallium‐Zinc‐Oxide and Indium‐Tin‐Zinc‐Oxide for in‐panel fingerprint detection application
published pages: 95-98, ISSN: 0097-966X, DOI: 10.1002/sdtp.12863
SID Symposium Digest of Technical Papers 50/1 2019-10-01
2019 Manoj Nag, Hikmet Celiker, Lynn Verschueren, Steve Smout, Myriam Willegems, Rishabh Upadhyay, Cédric Rolin, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Jan Genoe, Wim Dehaene, Soeren Steudel, Paul Heremans, Kris Myny
P‐12: High Performance Dual‐gate Dual‐layer Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors TFTs on PI Foil for Display Application
published pages: 1255-1258, ISSN: 0097-966X, DOI: 10.1002/sdtp.13161
SID Symposium Digest of Technical Papers 50/1 2019-10-01
2017 Kris Myny
arm Research Summit - Computing for the Connected World
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Seminar 11-13 September 2017 2019-06-13
2017 De Tijd
Kris Myny and Paul Heremans named as top 30 tech pioneers of Belgium by the business newspaper \'De Tijd\'
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Award 7 May 2017 2019-06-13
2018 Nikolas P. Papadopoulos, Florian De Roose, Jan-Laurens P. J. van der Steen, Edsger C. P. Smits, Marc Ameys, Wim Dehaene, Jan Genoe, Kris Myny
Toward Temperature Tracking With Unipolar Metal-Oxide Thin-Film SAR C-2C ADC on Plastic
published pages: 2263-2272, ISSN: 0018-9200, DOI: 10.1109/JSSC.2018.2831211
IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 53/8 2019-06-13
2018 Maarten Rockele, Karolien Vasseur, Alexander Mityashin, Robert Muller, Adrian Chasin, Manoj Nag, Ajay Bhoolokam, Jan Genoe, Paul Heremans, Kris Myny
Integrated Tin Monoxide P-Channel Thin-Film Transistors for Digital Circuit Applications
published pages: 514-519, ISSN: 0018-9383, DOI: 10.1109/TED.2017.2781618
IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 65/2 2019-06-13
2016 IMEC
Imec scientist awarded ERC Starting Grant to develop breakthrough flexible electronics
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Press Release 14 September 2016 2019-06-13
2017 Chris DeMartino
Q&A with Kris Myny, Principal Member of Technical Staff at imec
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Media/interview 2 June 2017 2019-06-13
2017 IMEC
ERC grants Kris Myny - Youtube
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Media 30 March 2017 2019-06-13
2017 IMEC
Flexible RFID tags for a smarter, interconnected world
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Media 2019-06-13
2018 Euroscience
European Young Researchers Award 2018 - Kris Myny
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Award 12 July 2018 2019-06-13
2017 IMEC
Imec, Holst Centre and Cartamundi Introduce Plastic Near Field Communication Tag Communicating with Smartphones
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Press Release 7 February 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Wim Swimmen
Eos Wetenschap Tracé
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Media 2019-06-13
2017 Kris Myny
Flex Electronics Approach an Inflection
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Blog EE Times 18 August 2017 2019-06-13
2018 Kris Myny
The development of flexible integrated circuits based on thin-film transistors
published pages: 30-39, ISSN: 2520-1131, DOI: 10.1038/s41928-017-0008-6
Nature Electronics 1/1 2019-06-13
2017 VRT
Vlaams onderzoekscentrum ontwikkelt revolutionaire chip
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VRT Nieuws Journaal 11 February 2017 2019-06-13
2018 Kris Myny and Leuven Inc.
When will flexible electronics take over?
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27 February 2018 2019-06-13
2017 R. Courtland
Plotting a Moore’s Law for Flexible Electronics
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IEEE Spectrum 21 June 2017 2019-06-13

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