Best-Reliable Ambient Intelligent Nano Sensor Systems (e-BRAINS)

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2010
  • Initiating Organization: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


Best-Reliable Intelligent Ambient Nano Sensor Systems (e-BRAINS) is about the creation of a new generation of sensors that leverage integration of heterogeneous technologies, high-performance nano sensor devices, miniaturization, smart wireless communication, and best reliability.


e-BRAINS represent a giant leap for outstanding future applications in the area of ambient living with the ultimate need for integration of heterogeneous technologies, high-performance nano sensor devices, miniaturization, smart wireless communication, and best reliability.

e-BRAINS, with minimum volume and weight as well as reduced power consumption, can be utilized in ambient living systems. Successful market entry of such innovative ambient intelligence products will be determined by the performance improvement achieved and profitability in relation to the total system cost.

The basic requirement for robustness and reliability of the heterogeneous integration technologies and the nano sensor layers is the focus of all e-BRAINS developments. The designated nano sensor systems represent a very promising innovative approach with the potential to enable high performance and precise functions in new products. The application of nanotechnology will allow large improvements in functionality and will open a wide range of applications, especially for European companies. Future e-BRAINS applications require significantly higher integration densities. Performance, multi-functionality, and reliability of such complex heterogeneous systems will be limited mainly by the wiring between the subsystems. Suitable three-dimensional (3D) integration technologies create a basis to overcome these drawbacks with the benefit of enabling minimal interconnection lengths. In addition to the enabling of high-integration densities, 3D integration is a very promising cost-effective approach for the realization of heterogeneous systems.

Consortium History

Program Duration: From Sept. 1, 2010, to Aug. 31, 2013


e-Brains is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (project reference: 257488) at a total cost of €15.2 million. The European Union contribution is €10 million. 

Points of Contact

Project Coordinator
Reinhard Pufall
Infineon Technologies AG

Technical Manager
Peter Ramm
Fraunhofer EMFT

Work Package Leaders:

Dissemination Manager
Adrian Ionescu

Heterogeneous Integration
Peter Ramm
Fraunhofer EMFT

Nano Sensor Devices and Technologies
Maaike Taklo

Innovative Applications of Heterogeneous System Integration
Maximilian Fleischer

Sponsors & Partners


Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

Danube Mobile Communications Engineering GmbH & Co KG

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

eesy-id GmbH

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V

Infineon Technologies AG

Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Instytut Technologii Elektronowej

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw

IQE Silicon Compounds Ltd

Magna Diagnostics GmbH

SensoNor Technologies AS

Siemens AG


Stiftelsen SINTEF

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Technische Universität Graz

University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork


Last Updated: 04/06/2016

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