TINKER: Developing Lidar and Radar for ADAS

Inkron is a global provider of siloxane-based, optically-clear materials for nano-imprint lithography (NIL). In the EU-Horizon2020 project TINKER, which kicked-off in October, Inkron has a central role: its nanoimprintable optical materials with ultrahigh and low refractive indices are critical for the core applications of the project. TINKER targets high-performance radar and lidar systems, essential for both advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and fully autonomous vehicles. Bottlenecks of the current technology are size, weight and power consumption. In TINKER, these shortcomings will be addressed by developing a new class of sensors through further miniaturization, improved functionality and increased efficiency.

The EVG 7200 system allows Inkron to provide critical wafer-level solutions. (Source: Inkron)

TINKER is an EU H2020-funded 3-year project with a total budget of about ten million euros. The 15 project partners are well-established companies (Bosch, Besi, Marelli, EVG, Infineon, Notion etc.) and research institutes (Profactor, CEA-Leti, etc.). These partners are committed to developing a new pathway towards improved lidar and radar sensor-package fabrication, which is reliable, accurate, functional, and cost- and a resource-efficient.

In TINKER, Inkron’s task is to develop and optimize ultrahigh refractive index materials for the nano-imprinted sensor components. These components are critical elements in the devices to be made. With its recently installed EVG 7200 NIL-instrument Inkron can now do nanoimprinted diffractive optics components ‘in house’, thus significantly speeding up the development cycles.

“We are excited to participate in this high-profile project and look forward to closely collaborating in this highly qualified consortium and take the project successfully to its final target,” stated Jukka Perento, Inkron’s VP operations. (Source: Inkron)

Links: Fabrication of Sensor Packages Enabled by Additive Manufacturing – TINKER coordinated Leo Schranzhofer, PhD, c/o PROFACTOR GmbH, Steyr-Gleink, AustriaOptical Devices, Inkron Oy, a member of Nagase Group, Espoo, Finland


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