Sensichips, a new company developing safety system microsensors, has been launched at Paris Air Show 2011. Part of the Aero Sekur Group, Sensichips will provide low power, integrated microsensors for the aerospace and defence sectors. The new company brings together a unique combination of expertise in materials science, analytical chemistry and precision analog microelectronics.
With semiconductors innovator Roberto Simmarano leading the company, Sensichips will work with electronics integrators and OEMs to produce customised, microchip based sensor systems.
Sensichips is set apart as a microsensor developer with its high performance platform. Applications include aerospace industry mechanical integrity monitoring, robotics and early identification of CBRN hazards.
Measuring just 3x3mm, the chips offer an integrated microsensor IC platform with low power consumption. Powerful detection capabilities will include chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. In the field of mechanical integrity, the chips’ applications will include identification of airframe/component strain and/or monitoring structural status. The miniature scale of the microsensors will enable the chips to be embedded in a wide range of wearable electronics, paving a development path to smart fabrics with sensor capabilities. The company is based at Aero Sekur’s primary manufacturing and R&D facility in Rome.
Commenting on the development that will introduce a new generation of cost effective sensor technology, Aero Sekur’s President Silvio Rossignoli said:
Aero Sekur has a strong reputation for blue sky thinking and the Sensichips announcement is a significant initiative that takes the Group into the sensor market.
Roberto Simmarano’s input, and his role at the helm of Sensichips, is key to the development of the company: he has held high profile global management and marketing positions with consumer and mobile semiconductor divisions at major companies including Philips, Micronas and austriamicrosystems. Mr. Simmarano’s responsibilities have included strategic marketing to develop innovative IC products in TV, power management, wireless and multimedia fields, overseeing market deployment with customer development.
Roberto Simmarano confirms that the partnership with Aero Sekur gives Sensichips a boost to consolidate its innovative smart sensors platform for demanding aerospace and defence applications. He advises that, as part of its development strategy, the company intends to capitalise efforts tapping into major opportunities for health and security monitoring in medical and consumer markets.
Roberto Simmarano credentials:
Accomplishments for Roberto Simmarano include microchip development initiatives for:
- Philips CE
Other design wins into products include the world’s first MP3 music player IC at Diamond MM and
Roberto Simmarano was responsible for PMU in the first Apple iPod and launched the world’s first
integrated Active Noise Cancelling chip set, for which he holds a key patent.