NETPark Explorer 1 tenants Pragmatic Semiconductor have been named as finalists for the premier award for UK engineering innovation, the MacRobert Award 2021.
Every year, the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award is presented to the engineers behind the UK’s most exciting engineering innovation.
PragmatIC Semiconductor have been nominated for its electronic engineering innovation that takes the silicon out of silicon chips, resulting in ultra-low-cost thin and flexible integrated circuits. These can be inexpensively embedded in everyday objects from food and drink packaging to medical consumables, a crucial step in achieving the Internet of Things and addressing a range of application sectors including the circular economy and digital healthcare.
The technology reduces manufacturing cycle time from months to less than a day, allowing agile “just in time” production of microchips, avoiding the risks and waste of global supply chains. In addition, traditional silicon chip fabrication methods have enormous carbon and water footprints, while the PragmatIC approach reduces this by more than 100-fold.
The MacRobert Award judges recognised the technology as a world-class example of applied engineering, addressing a pressing commercial and environmental issue and promising a step-change in the integration of low-cost electronics into everyday objects that will allow the Internet of Things to flourish. Chair of the judging panel, Professor Sir Richard Friend FREng FRS, said:
“This is a world-class innovation, promising stunning commercial and environmental gains for the UK and the North East of England. These new flexible microchips offer massive cost reductions in applications such as RFID tagging, and these cost reductions are reflected in a much lower carbon footprint, producing around 400 times less carbon dioxide than the alternatives. Scott and his team are worthy finalists for the UK’s most prestigious prize for engineering innovation, and we wish them luck in the final.”
Other finalists include Crea Medical and DnaNudge.
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