Optical and Mechanical Microsystems

Competencies

Microsystems enable us to interact with and manipulate very small objects. PARC has a diverse group of researchers with physics, biology and engineering backgrounds working in this area. Together, we enable expert design, fabrication and testing of advanced optical and mechanical microsystems for numerous applications, building on our experience in developing high throughput industrial systems for printing and biomedical applications. Specifically we develop:

  • Micro Assembly Printers for High-Performance Integrated Electronics: using microfabricted electrostatic arrays to arrange and orient particles and chips, then to transfer these onto a final substrate. Example applications include semiconductor chiplet assembly for large area sensor arrays, fine chiplet custom electronics, metamaterials and optoelectronic integration.
  • Microjet Particle Delivery to Skin: building microscale channel arrays for use in particle ejectors. We deliver laser-like particle streams to controlled positions and depths. This approach is compatible with large reservoirs of powder payloads, which enables large doses and quick deployment in epidemics. Application examples include vaccine and prophylactic delivery, mass epidemic responses and cosmetics.
  • High Throughput Calorimetry for Drug Discovery: rapidly mixing droplets and measuring small temperature changes to enable label-free enthalpy measurements for pharmaceutical drug discovery is currently a low throughput process. PARC has developed a microfluidic droplet architecture for even higher throughput and sensitivity. Temperature is measured optically via thermochromic materials in mixed droplets.
  • Stress Engineered Thin-Films for Rematable Flip Chip Interconnects and 3D Inductor Coils: building thin-film metals with controlled stress to make thermally stable 3D structures. The metal traces can be used to make flip chip interconnects, enabling integrated at speed testing and rework for multi-chip modules. The process scales to high density (we have shown 6um pitch) and we have passed thermocycle reliability testing. The process also enables high Q inductor coils, which we have integrated onto CMOS.

Download our MOSAIC (Micro-Scale Optimized Solar-Cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration System) Information Sheet to learn more.

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