Innovation and sustainable progress

CSEM is a private, non-profit Swiss research and technology organization focused on generating value for a sustainable world.

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Laser shines on mechanical watchmaking
Grand Prix 2017 for the WisioScope product
A joint development from Witschi and CSEM for the EPHJ trade fair.
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Vision-in-Package System
A 'Golden Palm' for anintelligent camera fromCSEM
The very small facialdetection-and-recognition system developed by CSEM impressed the jury of the Americanmagazine VisionSystem Design.
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PearlScan
A jewel in our crown!
A new digital solution thatcan count,measure and classify pearls. PearlScan was unveiled for the first time attheBaselWorld's 2017 jewellery show.
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SPLENDID, the wearable sensory eatingtracker
Preventing obesity and eatingdisorders
New way of providingpersonalizedbehavioral guidance to children and young adults tackle eating disorders andthe ongoingobesity epidemic thanks to a non-invasive, unobtrusive, and cost-efficientsolution.
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SOFIA, the flying observatory
Atomic oxygen detected in Martianatmosphere
NASA's StratosphericObservatory forInfrared Astronomy (SOFIA) explains the Red Planet's atmosphere, thanks totheperformance of a complex CSEM mechanism on board.
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June 21
Smile – your photos can generate energy!

Kaleo Solar, a unique technological solution for integrating high-definition images in solar panels. Thanks to the support of the Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise (BCN), CSEM has developed the KALEO technology, which enables the production of illustrated solar panels.

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Expertise & Industries

Here are just a few of our areas of expertise and the industries in which we operate. To see a full list of expertise or industries, click the explore buttons below.

Photovoltaic thin films & devices
Developing next-generation solar cells with outstanding performance in terms of conversion efficiency, durability, integration capacity, and cost reduction.
Microsystems integration & packaging
Developing new integration platforms and corresponding technologies for advanced packaging solutions and general MEMS assembly across a vast array of applications.
Photovoltaic module technology
Developing advanced packaging solutions and novel testing methodologies to better simulate field conditions and get quicker feedback on quality.
Printed photovoltaics
Supporting equipment developers, materials researchers, industrial suppliers, and end users with innovative organic and inorganic printable materials and processing technologies.
Printed electronics & sensors
Range of competences in materials and devices, using printing and solution process technologies for patterned photodiodes, organic transistors, and sensors.
System-on-chip design & technology
Ultra-low-power, highly miniaturized solutions with wireless connectivity and computing with in-house processor cores including DSP and sensor interfaces, and power management.
Energy systems
Developing innovative building technologies and working to integrate renewable energy sources, especially photovoltaic (PV) systems, into existing distribution infrastructures.
Industrial automation
Technologies for enhanced manufacturing and process flexibility, making high-quality, small-to-medium-volume products a reality.
Medical technologies
Developments range from innovative sensing technology for monitoring human vital signs to bio-signal processing and active medical device technologies. All ISO 13485 certified.
Silicon photovoltaics & metallization
Developing innovative process technologies and device concepts that boost the performance of crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV cells without increasing their cost.
Vision technologies
Vision solutions, including high-performance line and image sensors, classification and recognition algorithms, optical encoders, and stand-alone smart vision systems.
Nanosurface engineering
Developing solutions focused on material and surface sciences, structuring processes, and engineering, and on understanding physical, chemical, and biological surfaces.
Microsystems design & process
Developing reliable MEMS products, from prototypes to small volume production. Focusing on macro-MEMS, soft-MEMS, harsh environment sensing, and MOEMS.
Scientific instrumentation
Developing complex, multi-technology systems involving significant physical layers. Topics include macro-MEMS, opto-mechatronics, and time and frequency technologies.
Wireless & short-range communications
Cutting-edge know-how in low-power radio and standards-based or dedicated proprietary protocols for the next generation of ULP, adaptable, and robust wireless systems.
Biosurface engineering
Development of cell-handling, sensors, and sample-handling platforms based on proprietary technologies, particularly using manufacturing processes suitable for upscaling.
Energy & building solutions
Extensive experience in combining PV and energy management to offer energy-efficient concepts and develop effective solutions for the building sector.
Semiconductor industry
World-class microelectronic design services to fully integrated ASIC, system-on-chip, or semiconductor optoelectronic components.
Security & surveillance
Technologies and solutions to combat counterfeiting, ensure the safety of food and drugs, and protect both the natural environment and humans from injury, harm, and disaster.
Home & industrial automation
Smart, efficient, and reliable technologies and sensors for process and equipment optimization.
Biotechnology & life sciences
Miniaturization, integration, and microengineering expertise to develop new devices, tools, and systems for toxicology, pharmacology, and diagnostics and assays.
Information & communication technologies
Hardware, software, and systems integration expertise for the next generation of connected applications—from wearables to aerospace.
Environment
Developing innovative sensors, integrated systems, and cutting-edge technologies to support the cleantech industry's drive to monitor and improve the quality of our air, water, and soil.
Space & astrophysics
Developing highly precise, compliant mechanisms or scientific instrumentation for use in space exploration, satellites, and telescopes.
Watchmaking
From groundbreaking silicon technology for new components to innovative, low-power, flexible, and wearable technologies for smartwatches.
Aeronautics & transportation
Technologies that improve the safety, usability, and sustainability of transportation solutions.
Healthcare, wellness & sport
Custom-made, innovative, non-invasive, and mobile healthcare solutions for sensors, implants, hearing aids, diagnostic tools, and laboratory instruments.
Food & agriculture
Smart technological tools and solutions to ensure the optimal use of resources and support sustainable farming across all the processes of the food supply chain.
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REVELATION—Créations horlogères d'exception
Thanks to our close collaboration, we have managed to translate the claims in our patent into a truly exceptional product.
The use of the polarizing discs developed with CSEM to reveal and order how the functions in a watch appear allows REVELATION to make its contribution to the history of luxury watchmaking. Thanks to our close collaboration, we have managed to translate the claims in our patent into a truly exceptional product. The result is a double-complication watch that allows the mysteries of its Tourbillon Manège® movement to be revealed thanks to this technical innovation: the REVELATION system®.
Anouk Dante, Co-founder
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ONERA—The French aerospace lab
CSEM has the advantage of being used to working with industry and brought us their expertise in the domain of nanosurface engineering.
ONERA, the French aerospace lab, is developing—together with CSEM—new pressure-sensitive coatings as unique tools for providing pressure measurements over the entire surface of a model subjected to aerodynamic testing in wind tunnels. In this project, the main objective is to design a specific pressure-sensitive coating able to measure the fast pressure variations (>1 kHz) observed in an unsteady aerodynamic flow. CSEM's technological contribution complements the technical wind tunnel expertise and experience of ONERA.
Marie-Claire Mérienne, Research Engineer, Fundamental and Experimental Aerodynamics Department
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Saia-Burgess Controls
Saia-Burgess Controls has teamed with CSEM in several successful innovation projects. This collaboration has been very stimulating, engaging, and fruitful.
Saia-Burgess Controls has teamed with CSEM in several successful innovation projects, ranging from component-based architectures—with their high flexibility, robustness, and reliability—to the interconnection of sensor networks for building automation. We were thus able to address additional markets and redefine product architecture to introduce new features. The collaboration with CSEM has been very stimulating, engaging, and fruitful.
Konstantinos Kafandaris, Manager of the Controller & Interfaces business unit
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Sercalo Microtechnology
CSEM offers us a professional service for both manufacturing and development, which keeps us at the top of this high-tech field. We are very happy with this partnership.
At Sercalo Microtechnology we rely on CSEM as a single-source provider for the manufacturing of our optical MEMS designs. CSEM offers us a professional service for both manufacturing and development, which keeps us at the top of this high-tech field. We are very happy with this partnership.
Cornel Marxer, CEO
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InSphero
Innovative thinking and efficient technology transfer make CSEM an ideal partner for us.
Over several successful past projects, CSEM has proven to be a reliable and innovative project partner for cell handling on the micro-scale. Innovative thinking and efficient technology transfer make CSEM an ideal partner for us. We have just started a new multi-year project with the center and can recommend CSEM to all those seeking competent partners in this field.
Jan Lichtenberg, CEO
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Girard-Perregaux
CSEM's technological contribution complements the technical watchmaking expertise and experience of Girard-Perregaux.
Our company, a brand of the Sowind Group, is developing—together with CSEM—a new escapement device for mechanical watches. Etched out of a single piece of silicon in their clean room, the key component of this tiny device delivers minute increments of energy, driving a timepiece with unparalleled precision. CSEM's technological contribution complements the technical watchmaking expertise and experience of Girard-Perregaux.
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Limmex
The fact that we have come so far is largely due to the excellent and committed support of CSEM's team. We would like to thank CSEM for its extremely valuable support.
Both the Swiss Red Cross and end users tell us that LIMMEX will be a quantum leap compared to currently available products. When we have resolved the final technical issues and implemented solid industrialization, the product will have a promising future. The fact that we have come so far is largely due to the excellent and committed support of CSEM's team. We would like to thank CSEM for its extremely valuable support.
Sven Carlson, Co-founder and Member of the Board
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Abilis Systems
The fruitful collaboration between CSEM and Abilis Systems has resulted in the world's first single-chip solution for a digital TV receiver.
The fruitful collaboration between CSEM and Abilis Systems, an ALI Group company, has resulted in the world's first single-chip solution for a digital TV receiver, thereby achieving significant improvements in miniaturization, energy efficiency, and evolution capability when compared with the other solutions currently on the market.
Yves Mathys, CEO
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Phonak
By joining forces, CSEM and Phonak Communications were able to develop a new wireless protocol for portable audio applications. We thank CSEM for its excellent contribution and look forward to working together on the next project.
By joining forces, CSEM and Phonak Communications were able to develop a new wireless protocol for portable audio applications. The uniqueness of this protocol is the implementation of a so-called distributed master concept. This allows any participant to seamlessly join or quit a network. We will integrate this very innovative protocol into several of our product portfolios. We thank CSEM for its excellent contribution and look forward to working together on the next project.
Evert Dijkstra, Managing Director of Phonak Communications
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BASF
CSEM's R&D activities in the area of surface engineering are currently expanding and complement nicely BASF's existing competences in this field.
The collaboration between CSEM and the former Ciba legacy (now a part of BASF) in the area of nano- and microtechnology and printed organic electronics was important to building up new competences within the company. Such technology platforms are also of great importance to BASF. CSEM's R&D activities in the area of surface engineering are currently expanding and complement nicely BASF's existing competences in this field.
Andreas Hafner, Senior Innovation Manager
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