Research hub, imec, and Analog Devices have entered into a strategic research partnership to develop the next generation of IoT devices. With two initiatives
already underway, imec and Analog Devices (ADI) aim to innovate devices that are not only low-power but that also come with largely improved – or completely new – sensing capabilities.

The IoT continues to grow and mature, and by 2020, it is expected to consist of billions of connected, smart objects that rely on unobtrusive sensors to constantly monitor the environment, provide status reports and receive instructions. By intelligently processing the data gathered, these devices then drive some type of short-term or long-term action.  Today, the underlying sensors, and the chips upon which they are built, are often too big, too expensive and not accurate enough to be practical, reports imec.

The first of the two initiatives has already started and focuses on localisation technology.

“Building on imec’s world-leading position in innovative ultra-low power implementations, ADI and imec will pursue the development of a low-power sensor for highly accurate indoor localization in the context of smart building or smart industry solutions,” stated Kathleen Philips, imec program director. “Concretely, we want this sensor to localise objects with a superior accuracy in a robust manner and achieve up to five times better accuracy than today’s best-performing solutions.”

A second initiative includes the creation, and ultimately the commercialisation, of a highly-integrated liquid sensor that can be used in a variety of application domains, such as the analysis of water, blood or urine.

Kathleen Philips added: “Our single-chip sensor comprises multiple electrodes and excels in terms of cost and size, while demonstrating industry leading sensitivity and accuracy.”

Peter Real, senior VP and CTO, ADI, says: “We have chosen to take our collaboration with imec to the next level because its expertise in each of those domains—and its position at the crossroads of both the scientific and industrial communities—is fundamental to helping us successfully develop the next generation of IoT sensors.”

The strategic partnership between ADI and imec is part of a broader, open research initiative to which other research partners are also invited to contribute.

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