Sensor development and improvement
CTI is a unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology, responsible for research and development in many strategic areas, such as micro and nano electronics, systems, software and IT applications, e.g. robotics, decision support systems and 3D technologies for industry and medicine.
With strong interaction with universities, research centers and industry, CTI has been able to act as a key agent in the Brazilian R&D system.
CTI has a remarkable performance in microelectronics, with relevant participation in the National Microelectronics Program, established by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. CTI coordinates the IC-Brazil Program, that has trained more than 340 integrated circuit designers in two years and aims to reach a total of 1000 in 2012. Also, CTI houses one of the Integrated Circuits facilities, called Design Houses (DHs), which feature designers and the entire structure of equipment, systems and materials needed to design integrated circuits.
Another highlight is the National Institute of Science and Technology in Micro and Nano Electronic Systems - INCT NAMITEC - whose headquarter is located at CTI. Bringing together 23 research institutions, the project has a broad scope in microelectronics with research on IC design, devices, materials, manufacturing technologies, human resources training and sensor networks.
CTI has an extensive knowledge in manufacturing of microsystems and electronic packaging areas, studying the interaction between the materials used to encapsulate electronic devices - such as chips, circuit boards and displays - featuring its insulating properties, conditions of wear and heat stress. This experience has enabled several partnerships in projects for prototyping and repair of electronic devices and systems.
Over the past few years, our institution has contributed vastly to the improvement of products and processes in the electronics industry nationwide. Our researchers coordinate the Network for Qualification and Certification in Information Technology, called Rede TSQC (in Portuguese). CTI has been working hard to qualify the Brazilian electronics industry, putting it on par with the best practices used worldwide and increasing the potential market of its products.
CTI participates in the SIBRATEC NETWORK for Photovoltaic Solar Energy. It has been conducting research on organic solar cells and it is also focusing on the areas of photovoltaic cells packaging and their integration into products, particularly, building integrate photovoltaic (BIPV) and electronic components for PV systems.
In 2005, CTI conducted the tests for assessing the ergonomics of the OLPC Laptop, originally produced at MIT, USA. This experience was an important step for two major projects: the first one was the LapTupniquim, also known as Digital Desk, which uses BR-Tablet technology, a CTI patent, which enabled the adaptation of a touch display on the desktop of a common desk used in Brazilian schools. The second projetc was the consolidation of our studies on human-computer interfaces, including a motion capture system used to assess ergonomics, usability, comfort and efficiency of electronic devices.