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The world we live in has many societal challenges.
Improving healthcare, shift to sustainable energy, make the world a safer place. Chip development is key to worldwide innovation. That's why a new generation of chips is being developed at the Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC). Integrated chips that can calculate, measure and communicate. At the same time. And more. Offering smart solutions to global challenges. That is what CITC stands for: Integration for Tomorrow.
Chips lead worldwide innovation. Without chips we can't live in smart houses, drive our autonomous cars or communicate through a 5G network. CITC implements chip technology in answering the societal challenges of the 21th century.
At this moment, the abilities of chips are limited to either calculating, measuring or communicating.
That's why a new generation of chips will be developed at CITC: integrated chips. Through integration of multiple modules and functions within one package, chips can be used in a new way. Considering where chip technology has already brought us today, it's exciting to think about where it will take us tomorrow. A smart society was never closer.
Another challenge of the Dutch semiconductor industry is developing knowledge from academic research into market-ready products.
There's a significant gap between a PhD'er developing one sample over a period of four years and a multinational with a production level of billions. This gap is called the Valley of Death. CITC is an open innovation centre, where knowledge institutes and corporations come together, sharing their knowledge. This way academic research leads to technological innovations. Instead of a Valley of Death, CITC creates a 'Bridge to the Future'. Turning the proof of principle into a market-ready concept.
The semiconductor industry is challenged in attracting 'human capital'.
CITC will be a centre for talent development. Students are offered the chance to contribute in issues regarding chip integration, while gaining experience about different aspects of the chip industry.
Next to strategic thinking, we have to 'do things'. Resulting in a variety of activities, for university, HBO- and MBO-students. Not only from Nijmegen, not only from the Netherlands, but on a global level. CITC is a centre of education and human capital for all levels of education and all nationalities.
CITC researches the possible applications of photonics in microchips: the next big thing in chip technology. This innovation uses light, instead of electrons, for the processing of data. Light moves faster than electrons and is therefore able of reaching higher data speeds against a relatively low energy use. Photonic parts, instruments and techniques are already being used in many sectors and are considered a driving force of innovation. Both economically and socially, photonics offers many possibilities and is of great value for the Dutch chip industry.
Our society is changing. Our future is sustainable and smart. Chip technology is key to future innovations. At CITC the future is created.
Combining new technology with materials can significantly reduce the energy consumption of electronic devices. Quite necessary, considering the fact that watching one hour of film a week on your smartphone uses more energy per year than two refrigerators together.
Electricity-driven cars (like Tesla) and buses (VDL) can only continue if 'high-power'-chips are developed, able of handling large energy-flows without high losses. Self-driving cars can't communicate fast and safely without the 5g-network, a new wireless network. For developing this network, new and efficient chips are necessary.
New chips enable 'point-of-care'-solutions.
Patients no longer need to visit a hospital, little devices can track and/or measure their health at home. Health & High Tech startup Enzyre developed an integrated chip (together with NXP and Sencio), enabling patients to autonomously
perform coagulation tests.
The future of the agriculture and food sector lies in smart farming. Digital technologies like robotics and sensor technology play a crucial role in this future. Data collection through sensors with microchip technology. Precision agriculture through a combination of GPS, ICT and robotica. Innovations leading to the agriculture and food industry of the future.
Evolving chip technology is no one-man job. That's why CITC is a Triplehelix collaboration. Governments, businesses and knowledge institutes are working together in developing a new generation of chips. The activities of CITC are supported by a vast ecosystem: