LONDON Belgian R&D institute IMEC and Dutch research institute TNO have joined together to create the Holst Center, a research center run along similar lines to those of IMEC.
The Holst Center is set to be located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics NV has committed to become the Holst Center’s first industrial partner, IMEC said.
According to Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, Dutch minister of economic affairs, The Netherlands has already committed 12.5 million euro (about $15 million) to complete the first phase of the cooperation agreement. The Holst Centre will begin with 75 employees.
The Holst Center is to be run on a program-by-program basis, similar to the way that IMEC is run. The Holst Centre will start with two strategic program initiatives; wireless autonomous transducer solutions and systems-in-foil. IMEC will lead the wireless autonomous transducer solutions initiative and the system-in-foil research and development initiative will be managed by TNO.
Within the Holst Center IMEC is intending to focus on ultra-low-power radio; ultra-low-power signal processing; micro-power generation, storage and management; sensor and actuator technology.
TNO has built up expertise around the industrialization of microsystems and polymer electronics, which it will contribute to the Holst Center. It intends to extend these capabilities at the Holst Centre in the fields of printing of polymers, large-area deposition and structuring of thin layers and design of device architectures, IMEC said.
The center is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in research and development and first director of Philips Research.