The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is one of the leading technical
universities of Central Europe. The Department of Electron Devices (BME-EET) is a worldwide
recognized research organization in the field of thermal and electro-thermal issues in
microelectronic devices. The Department deals with all aspects of microelectronics, from
semiconductor physics through device manufacturing to system level design.
Being a member of the SAE community and the National Industry 4.0 Platform, BME-EET provides the following actions as a non-profit Digital Innovation Hub:
- Helps SMEs, start-ups and mid-caps to become more competitive through the adoption of latest digital technologies.
- Provides access to infrastructure for physical and environmental testing digital innovations, with additional domain specific expertise in a couple of technical fields
- Provides access to a broad network of local SMEs and service providers in Hungary and Central Europe
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
BME is located in the Central Hungary region, in Budapest, Hungary. The RIS3 strategy of Central Hungary (CH) is the key policy document for regional development for the period 2014-2020. Four sectors were identified that are bound to become the engines of regional innovation-based growth: ICT, health industry, environmental technologies, and creative industries. The horizontal objectives of the strategy include the greening of the economy, the enhancement of innovation collaborations and awareness raising. As a DIH, BME-EET is well connected to RIS3 strategies, especially to the targeted development of the R&D sector with a special emphasis to digitalisation.
In those fields BME-EET participated in 20+ European projects strengthening its competence in the field of Info Communication Technologies (ICT) such as:
- EuroCPS funded by the Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative, where BME-EET acted as a competence centre to facilitate innovators-suppliers cross-border partnerships, which accelerates innovation by providing technical, industrial and innovation management expertise
- FED4SAE funded by the Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative, aiming to enable the digitalisation of product and services of both tech and non-tech innovative Start-ups, SMEs and Midcaps from any sector,
- Smart4Europe, a SAE project aiming to reinforce the collaboration between projects supported under the SAE Initiative
- Delphi4LED, related to BME-EET’s domain specific expertise e.g. in solid-state lighting.
BME is part of the presidency of the Hungarian Industry 4.0 National Technology platform, through which it can reach all the active Hungarian SMEs in all Hungarian regions.
The Hungarian Industry 4.0 National Technology Platform was established under the leadership of the SZTAKI Research Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA-SZTAKI), with the participation of research institutions, companies, universities (including BME) and professional organizations having premises in Hungary, and with the full support and commitment of the Government of Hungary, and specifically that of the Ministry of National Economy.
BME has also very good relationship with the following entities and regional networks:
Access to Digital Technologies and Competences
- Wireless technologies (ZigBee, RFID)
- Mechanical platform design
- Virtual instrumentation (National Instruments technologies)
- Combined thermal and optical characterization of solid-state lighting
- Smart street lighting, LED and luminaire multi-domain modeling
- Microfluidics, Lab-on-Chip, chemical and biosensing, Microreactor technology, Enzyme characterization, Bio-nanomaterials
- Design of analog, digital and mixed signal integrated circuits
- Embedded system design (especially MCU, FPGA and SoC)
- Multi-physics simulations
- Thermal design
- Thermal, electro-thermal, logi-thermal and high abstraction level thermal simulations
- Design solutions for thermal testability of integrated circuits
- Versatile thermal reliability testing
- Design solutions for harsh environment
- System and embedded system programming in C/C++
- Application programming in C/C++
- Computer networks and security, Internet computing, WEB programming and development
- Thermal and optical investigation of microfluidic systems
- Smart systems, Smart systems integration
Infrastructure to test digital innovations
- Reliability testing, thermal structure analysis, combined electro-thermal and optical testing, thermocycling
- Reliability testing in microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip
- ISO 6 Cleanroom facility
Access to a broad network of local SMEs and service providers
in Hungary and Central Europe
Research and Development Support (SmartLAB project)
Client profile: Neumann Diagnostics, Budapest, Hungary. SME
Client needs: Design support to develop an innovative biological sample tracking solution
Provided solution: SmartLAB project aimed to develop a sample tracking solution for high-throughput medical-diagnostics laboratories and bio-banks. With advanced digital solutions the system is tracking test tubes and sample holders with RFID tags. The touchless and highly flexible radio-frequency-identification technology ensures reliable and secure monitoring of test tubes. It enables tracking sample movement with continuous quality assurance seamlessly integrated in the laboratory ecosystem, therefore reducing risk of sample loss or misprocessing, while providing patient results more efficiently.
Research and Development Support (SmartSSL)
Client profile: Hungarolux, Budapest, Hungary, SME
Client needs: Design support to develop an innovative street lighting-control solution
Provided solution: In response to the today’s challenges of street lighting (such as high energy consumption, lack of self-maintenance), SmartSSL provides an upgradeable, re-configurable lighting-control solution constituting a “future-safe” investment with clear benefits both for citizens and operators of the lighting installations. These allow LED luminaires to become part of smart-city solutions through bi-directional communication. For example, a SmartSSL’s module transmit its health status to the operator to ensure that defective lighting elements are replaced before they fail – providing the double benefits of lower maintenance costs and ensured illumination. In addition, the communication capacity of street lighting could be useful for giving driving instructions for autonomously driven cars. Finally, energy-conscious operators would benefit from smarter dimming by reducing the electric current in cooler weather conditions, when LEDs are more efficient.
Research and Development Support (TelLab)
Client profile: TelLab, Ireland, SME
Client needs: Design support to system level design of a smart water pollution system
Aquamonitrix project was focused on a strategy of early detection and mitigation of pollution incidents. A portable lab-on-a-chip system was developed for monitoring surface-water and industrial effluents. It measures pH, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate and ammonia simultaneously in real-time, while controlling data acquisition and data processing and delivery to the cloud, which allows remote access to real-time results from any smartphone, tablet or PC. The system can provide over 26,000 sample results annually, compared to current manual sampling, which typically results in 12-52 results per year. Capturing the data in real time detects pollution events immediately, allowing effective mitigation measures that minimize the damage. It gives agribusinesses, municipalities and government bodies a powerful tool to reduce pollution of Europe’s rivers, lakes and groundwater reservoirs.