Education in Hybrid Microelectronics: Part 2
Article publication date: 1 January 1993
The University of Southampton Thick‐Film Unit (TFU) was originally established in the Department of Electronics in 1985 to service the requirements of a transducer research group. This group originally pioneered the concept of the intelligent transducer and the thick‐film unit was initially used to explore the opportunities for fabricating low‐cost miniature and robust electronic interface circuits suitable for incorporation within transducers. The benefits to be derived from these thick‐film fabrication techniques soon become evident and the unit rapidly grew in stature with the commencement of several research programmes in the area of thick‐film sensors. The 1989 review of advanced sensor technologies undertaken by the DTI reported that the Southampton group was emerging as a centre of expertise in a technology offering significant short to medium‐term scope for commercial exploitation. This prediction is rapidly being fulfilled with an ever increasing number of thick‐film sensors being made commercially available.
Atkinson, J., Pitt, K. and Williams, K. (1993), "Education in Hybrid Microelectronics: Part 2", Microelectronics International, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 23-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb044487
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