High Value Product Development
The High Value Product Development program will direct research towards the development of new electronic devices diagnostic tools, implantable materials, high-performance fabrics, nutriceuticals, chemical processes and related technologies that Australian manufacturers can then take to the world. This program will bring together companies that have demonstrated their willingness and ability to innovate with internationally recognised leaders in relevant technologies.
The program includes five sub-programs focussed on key aspects of high value product development:
1. System on a Chip sub-program
Australia has internationally recognised expertise in building integrated systems on a micro-chip, developing the world’s first CMOS Wi-Fi chipset and the first completely integrated millimetre-wave communications device on a single chip. Focused on small-scale, low-power integrated Application-Specific-Integrated-Circuits (ASICs). IMCRC researcher expertise in this area will enable industry participants to produce high-value single micro- and nano-chip solutions that are mass producible and meet consumer price points.
2. Bio-compatible Materials and Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Devices sub-program
The program will build on its experience with encapsulation technology and in developing titanium smart implants to develop new nano-engineered surfaces that are compatible with a range of biological tissues to overcome limiting biocompatibility factors. Participating reearchers bring experience in functionalising inorganic surfaces and chips with biological components to improve the interface between implants and their host system.
3. Cognitive & Smart Devices sub-program
Signal conditioning, acquisition, detection and estimation are critical in achieving the objectives and system optimisation of sensors, diagnostic devices, and biological and chemical sensors. Members of the program have been responsible for fundamental research in this area which has had global impact and possess extensive industrial research and development expertise and experience in solving real-world problems.
4. EMI, EMC, Medical Device & Regulatory Compliance sub-program
The researchers in the program have extensive experience in the design of EMI and EMC compliant devices, along with involvement in international standards bodies. This experience will guide the design process from the beginning to ensure relevant standards are met, while retaining optimum performance. By providing for the entire EMC framework to obtain compliance through accreditation, regulations and standardisation, all basic, generic and product family standards adopted by Australian and international authorities can be applied. This offers industry a competitive advantage when placing new technologies and products into global markets.
5. Power (Wireless), Data & Communication Interfaces sub-program
Members of the program have developed and patented technologies for extremely demanding applications such as retinal and neural prostheses. The expertise lies in a deep understanding of the issues related to optimal inductive wireless power and ultra low powered and reliable medical implant communication service (MICS) links. Leveraging on this expert knowledge IMCRC will enhance the capability of new and novel products with wireless network functionality.