Led by ITN Energy Systems, in partnership with Molex, ENrG, Sunray Scientific, and the University of Rhode Island, the project aims to develop ultra-thin charge control circuits for an optimized ultra-thin battery as a renewable, self-recharging, lightweight, flexible power source.
The team will first demonstrate a monolithically integrated power module with integrated ultra-thin charge control circuitry and photovoltaics. It will then explore integrating a sensor system into the battery system and, ultimately, creating a working power module that includes a sensor, signal processing, and telemetry all within a package less than 250 microns thick. The project is scheduled to last 15 months and funded at a total of $2.4 million with a 48% percent cost share by industry partners.
Led by UCLA in partnership with i3 Microsystems, the second new contract is for the demonstration of a new electrode array that identifies muscle fatigue in training combatants and provides rehabilitation therapies from neural-trauma or neuropathic disorders. The team will create an advanced electromyography electrode array and commercial CMOS chip in a fan-out-wafer-level-package (FOWLP) based on a biocompatible platform for heterogeneous integration. The FOWLP enables a small form factor, with the biocompatibility enabled by a new molding compound. The project is scheduled for 18 months at a total of $1 million with a 50 percent cost share.
PARC, a Xerox Company, developed, fabricated and demonstrated a highly-flexible, wireless, audio-actuated system. The PARC team collaborated with other consortium members to use a novel material set including thinned die, die attach compounds, audio material, resistor material, and substrate. The team evaluated the performance and flexibility of the die attach, measured robustness and performance of the components and printed circuitry, and then developed an integration and test process.