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    2014I n s t i t i i d N i s i n t a

  • With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, we are focused on delivering real impact from our excellent research. We generate approx. 30M in income each year, with over 85% coming from competitively won contracts.

    Our institute hosts the only full Si CMOS, Micro-Electronic-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and III-V Wafer Semiconductor fabrication facilities and services in Ireland. We are experts at designing, miniaturising and prototyping products particularly in the electronics, medical devices, energy and communications sectors.

    As Irelands largest research institute, we host over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, including over 120 full-time postgraduate students. Together we generate over 200 peer-reviewed publications each year.

    We are a lead partner in European ICT enabled research worth approx. 48M, including 10M for Irish partners from the EU Framework 7 program.

    The excellent research carried out at Tyndall has resulted in 10 Spin-Out companies with even more in the pipeline.

    About usTyndall National Institute is one of Europes leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics - materials, devices and systems, we are globally leading in our core research areas of:

    Smart Circuits and Systems Micro and Nano Technology Microelectronics and Photonics Integration Nano Materials and Structures Materials and Device Processing Flexible Wafer Fabrication

    IntroductionAt Tyndall National Institute, were proud to be globally leading in our core research areas. However, where we also excel is our sharp focus on driving real economic impact from our excellent research. Our ambitious 5-year strategic plan, developed in 2013, sets out a clear strategy to create employment and build capacity within the Irish technology space.

    To accompany our plan, we also developed an implementation scorecard to measure Impact from Excellence and were delighted to say we are hitting our key milestones.

    This brochure outlines the successes weve achieved on the road to reaching our 2018 targets. We hope it gives you a taste for the world-leading research and strong industry partnerships weve accomplished to date.

    More information on our activities can be found at www.tyndall.ie

    Best wishes,

    Dr. Kieran F. DrainCEO, Tyndall National Institute

    I n s t i t i i d N i s i n t a


  • Research Excellence

    The foundation of Tyndall lies in our research excellence. The work carried out in theory, modelling & design, photonics and micronano systems have resulted in many awards and accolades. Some of our highlights include: Tyndall researchers RENEW international collaboration

    to unlock energy potential in water State-of-the-art Directed Self Assembly Development of the smallest top down pattered

    Germanium Nanowires conducting current Thin Film Form for Memory Apps at Room Temperature Vibrational Energy Harvesting through Electromagnetic

    Transduction for Wireless Sensors Nano-Sensors for Safe and Cost-effective Detection

    of Organic Contamination in Liquids Nanowire BioSensor Arrays for Autonomous Sensing Worlds first MEMS based Triple Quadrupole

    Mass Spectrometer System Entangled Photons from Site Controlled Quantum Dots

    Light Emission from Germanium Nano-layers Silicon Photonics Integrated Photonic Packaging Divide-by-three frequency synthesisers 50 GHz mm-wave CMOS active inductors Design of New Photocatalysts Energy-efficient telecom lasers

    Details of these research highlights are available at www.tyndall.ieIMPACT FROMEXCELLENCE


  • Industry FocusWe provide new technological solutions across all industries but are particularly active in Communications, Energy, Health, Agriculture, Food and the Environment:


    The ever-growing use of electronic communications is driving demand for new higher speed and more efficient technologies. Through exploiting our core competence in ICT we will deliver:

    Reduced cost, energy efficient and high bandwidth next generation Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks

    High capacity, Terabit/sec coherent communication systems

    New technologies for beyond standard fibre capacity limits

    High speed electronic solutions for extended reach transmission

    Colourless, energy efficient metro switching nodes Ultrafast on-the-fly all optical packet processing High speed all-optical sampling

    for device characterisation Ultra-secure quantum key distribution networks 1 Terabit/in2 magnetic storage technology


    Integrating ICT to the systems in our home, workplace and outdoor environment offers an enormous opportunity to reduce energy consumption.

    Were applying our ICT technology to deliver smarter and greener solutions for:

    Building energy management Micro-grid management (generation and

    storage) and integration with the smart grid Energy efficient lighting Energy harvesting and storage High efficiency solar cells Advanced power semiconductors Conditional monitoring of devices, machinery

    and systems to monitor energy and resource efficiency and enable predictive maintenance and auto-commissioning

    ICT wired and wireless networks for home and industry, from buildings & factories to micro-grids and extending to smart cities and smart grid systems


    The convergence of ICT into healthcare applications has infinite benefits. At Tyndall, were proud to say we are at the forefront of driving these advances.

    Were creating cutting-edge solutions in diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring that will enable:

    New technologies for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring

    New technologies enabling personalised and /or targeted therapeutic delivery

    New integrated systems which combine early diagnosis and therapy

    New or less invasive surgical interventions New sensors and systems for technology

    enhanced learning to ensure clinical competence


    As global environmental pressures increase, theres a real need for new tools and technologies for prevention, monitoring and mitigation in these sectors.

    Were using our expertise to develop smart systems and demonstrating their impact by deploying them in real environmental scenarios in the areas of:

    Air, water and soil quality monitoring; Flood risk alert and management Pollution monitoring and associated health risks Remote chemical sensing for safe clean harbours Marine ecology Smart agriculture Process analytical technologies for

    monitoring of beverages On-site sensors for forensic Chemical,

    Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN)investigation at crime scenes

    Environmental and border security On-farm animal disease detection


  • Case Studies


    Intel is a world leader in computing innovation, building the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the worlds computing devices. Tyndall and Intel have been working closely together for a number of years and following a successful collaboration from 2009 to 2012, Intel have further committed to Tyndall with a 3 year investment.

    Tyndall and Intel researchers will investigate next generation materials, devices and photonics technologies to build on the excellent work from the first phase of this program and look to enable key innovations for future electronic devices.

    Dr. Mike Mayberry, Director of Components Research in Portland Oregon said Through their publications and technology, Tyndall researchers continue to demonstrate their ability to innovate and invent technologies that could potentially advance the frontiers of semiconductor technology.


    Analog Devices Incorporated (ADI) has been in business in Ireland for the past 30 years and currently employs over 1,000 people here. The company is a leading manufacturer of very high precision analog, mixed signal, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and RF integrated circuits (ICs) used in electronic equipment.

    Tyndalls relationship with industry partner Analog Devices dates back to 1982, when the Institute was known as the NMRC (National Microelectronics Research Centre). Over the years the two organisations have collaborated on a number of projects together. Bill Lane, Director Process Development Ireland said The projects we run in Tyndall are designed to explore process technologies we dont currently know anything about, in other words emerging new technologies. What we get is a very early introduction and the opportunity to investigate what would be required to bring these new technologies into manufacturing. We have licensed or acquired several new technologies over the years from Tyndall/NMRC. Tyndall has the people to help explore those unknown places with us.


    Eblana Photonics is a lead supplier of laser components to EU sponsored research projects and has developed solid links with Tyndall because of their expertise in laser physics and semiconductor device fabrication.

    CEO Jim Somers recognises that Tyndalls capabilities and facilities have improved especially in photonics and photonics integration. The research work that Tyndall is carrying out for us in the area of photonics is very important for us and thats what made us decide to partake in the The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) programme at Tyndall. He adds, Some of the individual researchers, people like Frank Peters, Peter OBrien and Brian Corbett within Tyndall are highly regarded experts in their fields worldwide, and to be able to tap into this