Microfluidics Technique for Enhanced Particle Sorting
Conventional microfiltration techniques, while high in separation throughput, are unable to sort and pattern particles of various sizes into an array format to simplify detection. This paper describes a simple, pump-free microfluidics technique for separating and sorting different sized particles in colloidal mixtures. The technique has demonstrated enhanced sorting capability of 3 types of micro-sized particles, showing promise as an alternative approach to separate cells, proteins and/or nucleic acids in biological fluids relevant to disease diagnostics and drug discovery....more
Cost-Friendly Pressure Sensor for Harsh Environments
Pressure sensors based on SiC can operate at high temperature but are expensive to fabricate. This paper describes a pressure sensor based on novel comb-like structure electrodes designed on top of an AlN layer. The sensor has demonstrated consistent and linear pressure sensing behaviour up to 300oC, showing exceptional promise as a reliable, affordable and compact sensing solution for harsh environments ... more

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A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics and Leading Semiconductor Companies Team Up to Develop Cooling Solutions for High Power High Performance Applications

Singapore, 18 March 2014 - A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has launched the Silicon Micro Cooler (SMC) consortium to develop integrated thermal management solutions for semiconductor chips with extreme high heat dissipation and local hot spots applications. Members of the consortium include Honeywell Aerospace, Element Six Technologies and an information and telecommunications company. Thermal management is an important technology area that impacts the performance and reliability of high power high performance applications, such as datacenter and networking systems. more

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Chip-Scale Tunable Laser to Enable Bandwidth-on-Demand in Advanced Optical Networks

Singapore, 11 March 2014 - Researchers from A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have demonstrated the smallest wavelength-tunable laser fabricated by microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology. more

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Singapore's A*STAR IME will Present 9 Papers in Optical Device Innovation and Foundry-Qualified Platform Development at World-Class Optical Communications Conference

Singapore, March 6, 2014 - A*STAR's IME will be presenting 9 papers at the upcoming Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Francisco, USA, confirming its position as the leading not-for-profit semiconductor R&D center in Asia more

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A*STAR IME and Cubic Micro Develop Low Power High Performance RF Transceiver for Enhanced Wireless Smart Energy Management and Remote Industrial Monitoring

Singapore, 25 February 2014 - A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and Cubic Micro today announce that they have developed and demonstrated a 400 MHz radio frequency (RF) transceiver with the highest power efficiency and leading performance reported to deliver high quality signals over industry widest coverage in wireless sensor network applications. more

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Harvesting Vibrations to Power Microsensors

Singapore, 6 February 2014 - Battery replacement may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers from A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) are tapping into low frequency vibrations, the most abundant and ubiquitous energy source in the surroundings, to power small-scale electronic devices indefinitely. more

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Developing Digital RF Technology for Greater Network Coverage

Singapore, 23 Dec 2013 - A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research leader in semiconductor technology, will embark on a second collaboration with Japanese Engineering Firm, CM Engineering Co. Ltd (CME), this time to refine modern standards in digital radio frequency (RF) technology. The joint effort will potentially bring forth stronger network coverage performances, which will benefit businesses and public alike, especially telecommunications manufacturers and Wi-Fi users. more

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Singapore's A*STAR IME to Present Cutting Edge Technologies in Biosensor, Automated Cell Counting and Chip-Scale Tunable Laser

Singapore, December. 3, 2013 - A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) will be presenting three papers at the prestigious 2013 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) to showcase its recent breakthroughs in biosensor technology, microelectronic-based cell enumeration platform and a three-dimensional (3D) microelectromechanical (MEMS) enabled laser source. more

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A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore & Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to Advance MEMS Technologies for Key Industries

Singapore, 26 Nov 2013 - A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME), GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte. Ltd., and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) have entered into a collaboration to develop and advance micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technologies for automotive, aerospace, consumer, healthcare, industrial, and mobility applications. The joint research initiative, which builds on the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF), is supported by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), a Mubadala company focused on building leading technologies companies, and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore. more

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Unravelling the mind-body connection with power-efficient IC chip jointly developed by A*STAR IME, NTU and NUS

Singapore, 21 Nov 2013 - Scientists from A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) have jointly developed and demonstrated an integrated circuit (IC) chip with record-low power consumption for direct recording of brain activities. more

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Singapore's First Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference Accepts 9 Papers from A*STAR'S IME

Singapore, 11 November 2013 - A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has successfully contributed nine papers to the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference 2013 (IEEE A-SSCC 2013), the leading international forum for the most updated and advanced chips and circuits design in solid-state and semiconductor fields. The conference will be held for the first time in Singapore today and will span over the next three days till 13 November 2013. more

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A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics and nanoX Imaging to Develop Sensitive X-ray Imaging Detector for Better Image Quality at Low Radiation Dose

Singapore, 16 September 2013 – A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and nanoX Imaging Ltd, a company with its R&D base in Japan, are collaborating to develop a highly sensitive X-ray imaging detector based on field emission detection. Leveraging on its 200mm MEMS process capabilities, IME will develop the process and integration technology to enable the realisation of nanoX Imaging’s device. The success of this project will result in a MEMS imaging detector that requires a small dose of radiation to achieve high quality images with a high gain and low noise. more

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Micromirror Technology for Smartphones: The Next Big Thing

Singapore, 16 July 2013 – With consumers using smartphones as a mobile entertainment centre, the ability to project photos and videos on any surface may soon become the norm. A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and OPUS Microsystems Corporation, a Taiwan-based company specialising in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) scanning mirror devices, have signed an agreement to refine and develop a MEMS scanning mirror for smartphones applications. This would enable phones to project photos and videos on any surface, and with no constrains on the viewing screen size on the mobile devices. more

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IME's Statement on Coroner's Verdict on Shane Todd's Demise, 10 July 2013

Singapore, 10 July 2013 - Singapore’s State Coroner has delivered the findings of the Inquiry into the death of former Institute of Microelectronics (IME) employee, Shane Todd. The Coroner concluded Shane had committed suicide by hanging himself, and that there was no foul play associated with Shane’s death. more

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Singapore’s State Coroner’s Verdict of Findings of Inquiry into Death of Shane Todd

Singapore, 9 July 2013 - The findings by the State Coroner into the death of Shane Todd concluded that he committed suicide by hanging himself, and that there was no foul play involved in his death. more

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A*STAR IME consortium to develop advanced packaging solutions for Cu pillars, 3D-EMWLP and power electronics with leading semiconductor companies

Singapore, 9 July 2013 - Reliability and performance issues are technical challenges in packaging solutions for compact sized consumer electronics and high power electronics. To address these issues, the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and leading semiconductor companies have joined to form the 12th Electronics Packaging Research Consortium (EPRC12). By leveraging on the experience and knowledge of the members, the consortium aims to address the package design, materials and process integration challenges for improved packaging solutions. more

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A*STAR's IME Develops Smallest Antenna That Can Increase WIFI Speed by 200x

Singapore, 28 Aug 2012 ― Researchers from A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) have developed the first compact high performance silicon-based cavity-backed slot (CBS) antenna that operates at 135 GHz. The antenna demonstrated 30 times stronger signal transmission over on-chip antennas at 135 GHz. At just 1.6mm x 1.2mm, approximately the size of a sesame seed, it is the smallest silicon-based CBS antenna reported to date for ready integration with active circuits. more

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Professor Dim-Lee Kwong Receives The Highest Science & Technology Award in Singapore

Singapore 31 October, 2012 – For his distinguished, sustained and exceptional contributions to Singapore’s science and engineering landscape, particularly in advancing the semiconductor industry through R&D and the forging of strategic research partnerships between industry and public sector agencies, Professor Dim-Lee Kwong has received the highest Science & Technology award in Singapore. more

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A*STAR IME Develops a Silicon-Based Optical Modulator for Ultra Fast Telecommunications

Singapore, 30 May 2013 - Imagine being able to download 10 high-definition movies (each of 4 GB capacity) in less than 1 second or be able to enjoy superior lag-free online gaming experience with multiple players from anywhere in the world. Researchers from A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) have designed and developed a silicon-based optical modulator for ultra fast long-distance telecommunications. more

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A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics and Stanford University to Jointly Develop "Switch Technology" for Higher Energy Efficiency in Mobile Devices and Digital Systems

Singapore, 14 Feb 2013 -A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and Stanford University will collaborate to advance innovations in nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS) switch technology for ultra low power digital systems. The use of NEMS switches in digital systems such as laptops and smart phones can extend operational time of existing batteries, thereby increasing energy efficiency of such devices. more

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IME's Statement on Shane Todd's Case, 18 June 2013

Singapore, 18 June 2013 - The Coroner’s Inquiry (CI) into the death of a former Institute of Microelectronics (IME) employee, Shane Truman Todd, drew to a close with the submission of closing statements by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and IME to the State Coroner. The State Coroner will consider the evidence presented and deliver his findings on 8 July 2013. The closing statements constitute a summation of the evidence presented during the CI, and the AGC and IME’s submissions as to the cause of and circumstances connected with Shane Todd’s death. more

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New Consortium for 2.5D Through-Silicon Interposer Technology to Benefit Computer and Consumer Electronics Industries

Singapore, 24 June 2013 – A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has launched the 2.5D Through-Silicon Interposer (TSI) Consortium to accelerate market adoption of TSI technology, which is driven by strong demands in computer infrastructure and consumer electronics. Members of the consortium include key industry players across the manufacturing ecosystem: eSilicon Corporation, EV Group (EVG), KMG Ultra Pure Chemicals Pte. Ltd., Synopsys International Ltd., Tezzaron Semiconductor Corporation, United Microelectronics Corporation (Singapore Branch) and United Test and Assembly Center Ltd (UTAC). more

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Seeking a Challenging and Rewarding Career in the area of Microelectronics Research? Exciting career opportunities await you at IME...

We have vacancies for the following

Laboratory Director - Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory
Scientist - Lithography DSA
Scientist – Rugged Electronics Packaging

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Beside the above mentioned vacancies, we are constantly seeking talented PhD candidates who have a passion for research in the areas of Nano-Electronics, Nano-Photonics, Nano-MEMS, Bio-Electronics, Bio Photonics, Medical Devices, Advanced Packaging, Ultra Low Power, Wireless and High Band Width. Pertinent industry experiences will be an added advantage.

If you feel that you have what it takes to be part of the research scene, we invite you to email us your detailed resume, including expected and current salaries, publications and patents lists.



Industry Forum: High Density Fan-Out WLP Technology for Mobile Applications

Industry experts will be sharing on the issues and technologies needed to develop a low cost FOWLP packaging solution for mobile applications.The forum will also introduce the High Density Fan-out WLP (FOWLP) consortium, a cost-sharing platform proposal by IME which aims to demonstrate both reliability and functional test vehicles on a FOWLP with high density redistribution layers, and address assembly, packaging, and board level reliability concerns for mobile applications such as smart-phones and tablets.

» Apr 2014 - IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies Paper by IME Researchers Clinches 2013 Best Paper Award
» Oct 2013 - IME Researcher Receives Excellent Oral Presentation Award at the 2nd International Conference on Electronics, Mechatronics and Automation
» Jul 2013 - IME Researcher Wins Best Poster Award at the 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies

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IME is also certified in ISO 13485 and is applicable to Design and Development for device in biomedical applications.