MCM flame detector
Multi-sensor device for high reliability in fire detection and automatic fire extinguishing
Technologies used

    Multi Chip Module (MCM), unhoused sensor, bare dice on hybrid

Best practice

    Selection of technology, qualification of personnel, workplan

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    332 Instruments and appliances for measuring, checking, testing etc.
    453 Building installation work

MINIMAX designs, manufactures and supplies complete fire protection systems. The product spectrum covers the complete range of fire detection, fire fighting and fire protection. Extinguishing systems currently makes up more than 90% of MINIMAX’s activities. Within the project, the company MINIMAX manufactured a flame detector employing multi-chip-module (MCM) technology for the first time. The MCM-technology allows the design of an infrared multi-spectral sensor/signal unit with 4 integrated infrared (IR) sensors, optical IR-filters and signal pre-processing. The flame detector can be used not only for fire detection but also for the immediate start of extinguishing systems. The present technology using single sensors and SMD technology on PCBs is to be replaced by an MCM module with unhoused sensors and bare dice on hybrids.

This advanced integration technology results in space and cost reduction and higher reliability due to improved EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) behaviour. During the application experiment, the technology of applying bare dice (hybrid and MCM technology) is transferred from an experienced industrially oriented institute to the First User. This gain of know-how and experience will enable the First User to access and use this new technology in their future product development. The Application Experiment took 12 months. The development costs ran to 104 KECU. The payback period including the industrialisation will be about 3 years and the lifetime of the product is expected to be about six years. This will enable an ROI of about 250 %.

The Application experiment is of interest for companies working in the area of security systems or in the area of advanced sensor systems.


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MCM technology provided Minimax with the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise this.

FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.

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