Projects Methodology

The Center has a two-fold mission, to assist academic groups developing new basic concepts, and provide development support for transforming these concepts into new technologies.

The Center will offer two modes of operation

Academic projects: 

A project is defined as academic if it answers to one or more of the following criteria:    

  • requires components whose technology of design or fabrication is particularly complex.

  • there is a need for only minimal consistency for a small series of similar devices.

  •  projects which can be developed without QA, which will reduce their costs, and will have short term priority.

  • requires custom components not commercially available

Industrial projects: 

These projects can consist of several phases:  

  • Proposition:  Customer specification of the required component

  • Concept : The engineering team provides an initial evaluation to the customer (complexity, costs, duration, lag).

  • Quick-off: After general approval of the customer, the Center provides a detailed quotation to the customer . The quotation might be on the basis of fixed price (for catalog components), cost plus (for projects requiring development) or a mix of the two.

  • Demonstration: Demonstration of the component without the targeted specifications

  • Prototyping : Presentation of the component with targeted specs, but without manufacturability optimization.

  • Pilot phase: Component optimized for production. Provision of a production file as well as several samples.