NanoKTN announces success of Plessey EPIC sensor resulting from TSB
12 March 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network has announced
details of the EPIC sensor developed by UK semiconductor manufacturer
Plessey as part of a project co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board.
Through support offered by the NanoKTN and JEMI UK, Plessey
Semiconductors has been able to promote its product directly to key
audiences and potential end-users, vital in the early stages of the
The aim of the Precision Passive Component Design and Manufacture
in Micro Module Electronics project (PPM2), which was co-funded by
the Technology Strategy Board, was to encourage the integration of
precision passive components into advanced packaging schemes,
enabling improved product performance.
Plessey Semiconductors, one of the UK-based companies that has
benefited from the project, used the funding to support the
development of its latest product range, the award-winning Electric
Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor which, optimised for use
as an ECG sensor, promises to save money and provide a resolution as
good as or better than conventional electrodes.
To promote the product and outcomes from the project, Plessey
Semiconductors and JEMI UK, organised a technical visit to its
facilities in Plymouth to disseminate outcomes from the PPM2 project
and to launch the EPIC sensor which enables ECG monitoring in mobile
phone applications. The meeting enabled delegates to discuss
opportunities for the UK supply chain and IC manufactures to utilise
these techniques in their own devices.
“Building relationships and contacts within relevant industries
is vital to companies in the early stages of commercial development,
enabling them to build connections and to raise their profile
nationally and overseas. We hope that by helping to disseminate
outcomes from this project, that UK businesses will come together
and look at ways of using the intelligence gathered throughout the
programme,” explained Dr Alec Reader, Director at the NanoKTN.
Reader added, “The success of the EPIC Sensor, just one of the
products developed during the PPM2 project, is a fantastic story,
not only for Plessey Semiconductors, but also for the UK supply
chain and the Technology Strategy Board, whose funding has directly
resulted in the development of another innovative UK product.
Choosing the right call is important for UK companies and at the
NanoKTN we are committed to assisting our members in making the best
possible decisions to ensure we continue to see inward investment
into the UK micro and nanotechnology markets.”