Espoo, Finland - Inkron, a Nagase Group Company, is the global leader of siloxane-based, optically-clear materials for Nano-Imprint Lithography (NIL).
In the EU-Horizon2020 project TINKER, which kicked-off last month, Inkron has a central role: Inkron’s nano-imprintable optical materials with ultrahigh and low refractive indices are critical for the core applications of this 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.
TINKER is anEU-H2020-funded 3-year project with a total budget of over10 million Euro. 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 newpathway towards improved RADAR and LIDAR sensor-package fabrication, which is reliable, accurate, functional, and cost- and a resource-efficient.
In TINKER, Inkron’s task is to develop and optimize ultra high refractive index materials for the nano-imprinted sensor components. These components are critical elements in the devices to be made. With the recently installed EVG 7200 NIL-instrument Inkron can now do nano imprinted 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 to take the project successfully to its final target.”: stated Jukka Perento, Inkron’s VP Operations.