MASER Engineering B.V. participates in STARS project

22 May 2013

We are proud to announce the STARS consortium has approved funding for our Additional Research Proposal on ART5 “Advanced Lifetime Prediction for Dependability”. MASER Engineering B.V., represented by Mr. Kees Revenberg (Managing Director), is joining the STARS project to work on solutions for tomorrow’s technologies. Our activities will be performed in close collaboration with the Testable Design & Testing of Integrated Systems group (CAES-TDT, Dr. Hans Kerkhoff) at the Centre of Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) of the University of Twente.

The objective of the STARS project, which is an acronym for "Sensor Technology Applied in Reconfigurable Systems", is to develop the necessary knowledge and technology that can be used as a baseline for the development of reconfigurable sensors and sensor networks applied in the context of the security domain. The STARS consortium consists of six Dutch partners in total: the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Thales Netherlands, NXP, TNO and Recore systems.

More about the STARS project can be found here.

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Within STARS, a considerable part of the budget (25%) has been reserved for additional, non-allocated research. Together with the University of Twente, MASER Engineering wrote a proposal that addresses one of the open Additional Research Topics of the STARS project (i.e. ART 5), which is now officially funded.
MASER Engineering will join the STARS project as a subcontractor of one of the consortium members.
As a new party joining the STARS project via this procedure, MASER Engineering is subject to the terms and condition of the STARS contract. As a consequence, 50% of our activities will be paid from the STARS open budget; the other 50% is contributed by MASER Engineering itself.

The STARS project already started on July 1st, 2010, and will end on January 1st, 2015. The STARS activities at MASER Engineering will begin on May 1st, 2013, and will also finish on January 1st, 2015.

For more information on the contribution of MASER Engineering to the STARS project, or our other R&D activities, please contact Mr. Kees Revenberg.


About Additional Research Topic 5 (ART5)

In many sensor networks for security, the dependability of the system is of crucial importance. Any real down time of the system due to failure or repair is the ideal time window for realizing security threats. Especially in (auto) repairable systems, it is required to start the potential repair before any failure occurs, thereby reducing the down time to zero.
In Theme 3 of the STARS project (i.e. Digital Signal Processing) the principle of health monitoring has been suggested, which should also be able to work in an analog and mixed-signal environment. Crucial part of these (or combinations of) health monitors is that they represent an accurate measure for the lifetime of the electronic chip under the systems’ stress conditions. Which monitors are the most accurate is still unknown as is their own aging / reliability behavior.
Currently, there is no hard scientific evidence what is the accuracy and aging behavior of monitors also in the case of different situations (analog, mixed-signal and digital chips). This scientific proposal is aimed to provide that evidence, and give a solid background. The proper partner should have a large experience and knowledge on real life-time tests of heterogeneous chips.
As spin-off of this work, much energy-consuming life tests (many hours, sometimes months, high temperatures and electricity) of heterogeneous chips could be avoided. Moreover, potential higher yield and longer lifetime of chips with auto repair will reduce waste and precious material losses. As this concerns huge volumes, the gain can be significant. Finally it will have a large impact on future reliability tests of nano scale chips (dependable systems with undependable components).

More on this Additional Reseach Topics can be found here

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