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 Holst Centre demonstrates a smart shirt monitoring key vital signs for medical and fitness applications

Posted on Mar 29, 2017

Holst Centre demonstrates a smart shirt monitoring key vital signs for medical and fitness applications

Researchers from Holst Centre – an open innovationinitiative by imec and TNO - have developed a prototype smart shirt that integrates imec's validated medical-grade electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring with breathing rate and breathing depth. The use of state-of-the-art printed electronics technology offers complete freedom in design and optimization of printed sensors and electronics, being as thin as 60 µm and up to 100% stretchable. The properties of the electronics thereby become similar to those of textile, allowing unobtrusive integration. The design can be adapted for a variety of applications. For example patient monitoring in hospitals, home care, elderly care but also for sports.   The new demonstrator is the third generation of vital sign monitoring shirt cr...

 Holst Centre and partners deliver functional surfaces for intuitive automotive and consumer user experiences

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Holst Centre and partners deliver functional surfaces for intuitive automotive and consumer user experiences

Eindhoven, March 27, 2017 - A functional demonstrator using Holst Centre's in-mold electronics (IME) technology points to a bright future for intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in automotive electronics and consumer appliances. Developed by a group of key industry players led by Hol...

 Holst Centre and partners deliver functional surfaces for intuitive automotive and consumer user experiences

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Holst Centre and partners deliver functional surfaces for intuitive automotive and consumer user experiences

Eindhoven, March 27, 2017 - A functional demonstrator using Holst Centre's in-mold electronics (IME) technology points to a bright future for intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in automotive electronics and consumer appliances. Developed by a group of key industry players led by Hol...

 Solliance and Holst Centre set world record for roll-to-roll produced perovskite-based solar cells with a stabilized efficiency of 12,6%

Posted on Mar 9, 2017

Solliance and Holst Centre set world record for roll-to-roll produced perovskite-based solar cells with a stabilized efficiency of 12,6%

Solliance and Holst Centre announce the demonstration of an industrially-applicable roll-to-roll process for the production of solar cells, achieving a record 12,6% conversion efficiency on cell level. This breakthrough result paves the way towards an accelerated market introduction of this attractive new source of renewable energy.   Perovskite microcrystals are a promising material to make high-yielding, thin-film solar cells. They can be processed into thin, light-weight and potentially semitransparent modules that could eventually be integrated in building materials such as windows or curved construction elements. Solliance and its research partners focus on using scalable, industrial processes towards the fabrication of large-area modules, eventually suitable for seam...

 Imec and Holst Centre Present a Digital Receiver Excelling in Energy Efficiency and Small Size for Bluetooth 5 and Beyond

Posted on Mar 8, 2017

Imec and Holst Centre Present a Digital Receiver Excelling in Energy Efficiency and Small Size for Bluetooth 5 and Beyond

 Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technology, and Holst Centre (initiated by imec and TNO) have developed a novel phase-tracking receiver bringing further power and cost reduction for the next generations of Bluetooth and IEEE802.15.4 radio chips. The ultra-low power digital-style receiver is 3x smaller than the current state-of-the-art. It supports supply voltages as low as 0.85V and consumes less than 1.6mW peak. An innovative low power antenna impedance detection technique enhances radio performance, especially for wearables or implantable applications.   The ongoing evolution towards an intuitive IoT has created unprecedented opportunities in various application domains. However, the deployment of massive numbers of inter...

Posted on Feb 23, 2017

DuPont Electronics and Communications and Holst Centre Extend Collaboration On Printed Electronics Research and Application Development

DuPont Electronics and Communications (DuPont) and Holst Centre today announced the third extension of their successful long-term collaboration, which is focused on advanced materials for the printed electronics  industry. As a full partner in the Printed Electronics program, DuPont will...

 Holst Centre, imec and Cartamundi Introduce Plastic Near Field Communication Tag Communicating with Smartphones

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Holst Centre, imec and Cartamundi Introduce Plastic Near Field Communication Tag Communicating with Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 7, 2017— Today, at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, Holst Centre, imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologiesand Cartamundi demonstrate a world first thin-film tag on plastic, co...

 Holst Centre and imec Introduce World\'s First Solid-State Multi-Ion Sensor for Internet-of-Things Applications

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

Holst Centre and imec Introduce World\'s First Solid-State Multi-Ion Sensor for Internet-of-Things Applications

At last week's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco (USA), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technology and Holst Centre debuted a miniaturized sensor that simultaneously determines pH and chloride (Cl-)levels...

 Belgian Royal Couple visits Holst Centre

Posted on Nov 30, 2016

Belgian Royal Couple visits Holst Centre

Today, Holst Centre – an open innovation initiative by the Flanders-based world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies imec and independent Dutch R&D organization TNO – had the honor to welcome Their Royal Highnesses Philippe and Mathilde, Ki...

 Novel high-speed deposition process outperforms current techniques for making displays

Posted on Nov 24, 2016

Novel high-speed deposition process outperforms current techniques for making displays

Fast and industry-compatible, spatial atomic layer deposition (sALD) promises to revolutionize production of thin-film displays. Now researchers at Holst Centre have shown that sALD can deliver semiconductor layers with better performance than physical vapor deposition (PVD) at the same – and potentially even higher – throughputs. An easily scalable, atmospheric-pressure process, sALD could soon become the preferred method for creating large-area thin-film and flexible devices.   A key step in producing next-generation ultra-high definition) displays is the creation of a highly uniform layer of an amorphous oxide semiconductor such as indium-gallium zinc oxide (IGZO). Today, this is typically done using a PVD technique known as sputter deposition. Sputtering requires expen...

Posted on Nov 14, 2016

John Baekelmans new Managing Director imec the Netherlands / Holst Centre

As of November 14th, John Baekelmans will take up the position of Managing Director of imec the Netherlands / Holst Centre. He will take over the role and responsibilities of Bert Gyselinckx.   For the last 21 years, John Baekelmans held various global leadership positions at C...

 The first wearable daylight, sunlight and vitamin D coach in the world

Posted on Nov 9, 2016

The first wearable daylight, sunlight and vitamin D coach in the world

Dutch start-up e-Senses , in collaboration with Holst Centre, has developed the world's first personal sunlight, daylight and vitamin D coach. The Helios smart ring gives wearers feedback on the amount of sunlight they receive and how much vitamin D they create, personalized to their skin...