Lab4MEMS was a Research and Development (R&D) project funded by the European Community under the ENIAC Nanoelectronics Framework. It aimed at establishing a European Pilot Line for key enabling technologies on advanced piezoelectric and magnetic materials, including advanced 3D Packaging technologies.
The Pilot Line aimed to reinforce the manufacturing facilities currently located in each respective participating country, as well as implement and optimise industrial processes and validate the supply chains and demonstrators that were suitable to penetrate the market. The main industrial Pilot Line is located in STMicroelectronics in Italy and Malta and is well supported by R&D Centres such as the University of Malta, SMEs and Research Labs distributed among the 9 European countries of the consortia. This streams the whole manufacturing chain from front-end to back-end.
The project started in January 2013 and was successfully completed in December 2015. The Malta Council for Science and Technology was the Managing Authority and disbursed National Funds to support this Project.
Lab4MEMSII is an R&D project funded by the European Community under the ENIAC Joint Undertaking, now forming part of ECSEL Joint Undertaking, focusing on the design, fabrication and characterisation of Micro-Optical-Electro-Mechanical Sensors (MOEMS). These devices, for example the pico-projector micro-mirror, enjoy various applications such as mobile phones, laptops and cameras.
The project is worth some €24 million with the coordinators being Okmetic Oyj (Finland). The University of Malta forms part of the 19 European partners participating in the project.
The project will run from 2014 to 2017. The Malta Council for Science and Technology is the Managing Authority responsible for administering the project from a national level and it also disburses national funds to the University of Malta.
Furthermore, with respect to Lab4Mems2, the Council is inviting entities from the private sector to express their interest and eventual commitment in joining this current consortium and hence the ongoing project. Interested parties are to contact the Council for further information.
Any public or private entities interested in the participation within future calls under the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, are also invited to contact the Council. Further information on the Joint Undertaking may be found here: http://www.ecsel-ju.eu/