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 an intelligent camera from CSEM
The very small facial detection-and-recognition system developed by CSEM impressed the jury of the American magazine Vision System Design.
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PearlScan
A jewel in our crown!
A new digital solution that can count, measure and classify pearls. PearlScan was unveiled for the first time at the BaselWorld's 2017 jewellery show.
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SPLENDID, the wearable sensory eating tracker
Preventing obesity and eating disorders
New way of providing personalized behavioral guidance to children and young adults tackle eating disorders and the ongoing obesity epidemic thanks to a non-invasive, unobtrusive, and cost-efficient solution.
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SOFIA, the flying observatory
Atomic oxygen detected in Martian atmosphere
NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) explains the Red Planet's atmosphere, thanks to the performance 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.

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.
Photovoltaic thin films & devices
Developing next-generation solar cells with outstanding performance in terms of conversion efficiency, durability, integration capacity, and cost reduction.
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.
Industrial automation
Technologies for enhanced manufacturing and process flexibility, making high-quality, small-to-medium-volume products a reality.
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.
Microsystems integration & packaging
Developing new integration platforms and corresponding technologies for advanced packaging solutions and general MEMS assembly across a vast array of applications.
Printed electronics & sensors
Range of competences in materials and devices, using printing and solution process technologies for patterned photodiodes, organic transistors, and sensors.
Nanosurface engineering
Developing solutions focused on material and surface sciences, structuring processes, and engineering, and on understanding physical, chemical, and biological surfaces.
Printed photovoltaics
Supporting equipment developers, materials researchers, industrial suppliers, and end users with innovative organic and inorganic printable materials and processing technologies.
Vision technologies
Vision solutions, including high-performance line and image sensors, classification and recognition algorithms, optical encoders, and stand-alone smart vision systems.
Photovoltaic module technology
Developing advanced packaging solutions and novel testing methodologies to better simulate field conditions and get quicker feedback on quality.
Energy systems
Developing innovative building technologies and working to integrate renewable energy sources, especially photovoltaic (PV) systems, into existing distribution infrastructures.
Scientific instrumentation
Developing complex, multi-technology systems involving significant physical layers. Topics include macro-MEMS, opto-mechatronics, and time and frequency technologies.
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.
Microsystems design & process
Developing reliable MEMS products, from prototypes to small volume production. Focusing on macro-MEMS, soft-MEMS, harsh environment sensing, and MOEMS.
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.
Watchmaking
From groundbreaking silicon technology for new components to innovative, low-power, flexible, and wearable technologies for smartwatches.
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.
Energy & building solutions
Extensive experience in combining PV and energy management to offer energy-efficient concepts and develop effective solutions for the building sector.
Home & industrial automation
Smart, efficient, and reliable technologies and sensors for process and equipment optimization.
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.
Semiconductor industry
World-class microelectronic design services to fully integrated ASIC, system-on-chip, or semiconductor optoelectronic components.
Biotechnology & life sciences
Miniaturization, integration, and microengineering expertise to develop new devices, tools, and systems for toxicology, pharmacology, and diagnostics and assays.
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.
Space & astrophysics
Developing highly precise, compliant mechanisms or scientific instrumentation for use in space exploration, satellites, and telescopes.
Information & communication technologies
Hardware, software, and systems integration expertise for the next generation of connected applications—from wearables to aerospace.
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RUAG Aerospace
RUAG Aerospace has come to fully appreciate CSEM's experience and high level of competence in the design and simulation of high-precision space mechanisms integrating flexible structures.
Ruag Aerospace has been successfully cooperating with CSEM's Mechatronics group on the development and manufacture of a corner cube mechanism for the IASI (infrared atmospheric sounding interferometer) on the METOP satellite. In the framework of this project, RUAG Aerospace has come to fully appreciate CSEM's experience and high level of competence in the design and simulation of high-precision space mechanisms integrating flexible structures.
Marie-Thérèse Ivorra, Site General Manager, Nyon
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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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Renata
Mit dem CSEM zusammenzuarbeiten bedeutet auf breit abgestützte Kompetenzen und innovative Denkweise zurückzugreifen, um das Ziel der Technologieführerschaft in Reichweite zu bringen.
Mit dem CSEM zusammenzuarbeiten bedeutet auf breit abgestützte Kompetenzen und innovative Denkweise zurückzugreifen, um das Ziel der Technologieführerschaft in Reichweite zu bringen.
Daniel Hunziker, Head of Strategic Projects
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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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Patek Philippe
For several years, Patek Philippe and CSEM have been collaborating on the development of micromechanical parts for watch mechanisms. CSEM is an important driving force for innovation within our company.
For several years, Patek Philippe and CSEM have been collaborating on the development of micromechanical parts for watch mechanisms. This collaboration provides us with access to state-of-the-art technology and know-how, and enables us to position our company at the technological forefront of watchmaking innovation. Additionally, in the medium term, CSEM ensures series production, enabling the rapid integration of technological developments into our watches. CSEM is an important driving force for innovation within our company.
Jean-Pierre Musy, Technical Director
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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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Neurobat
An outstanding development based on our collaboration with CSEM has given Neurobat its greatest opportunity to succeed commercially.
An outstanding development based on our collaboration with CSEM has given Neurobat its greatest opportunity to succeed commercially. I would also like to add that CSEM has, in an excellent manner, truly fulfilled its mission to transfer its technology platforms to Swiss industry. As Director of Neurobat, I can only encourage and recommend other Swiss industrial actors to collaborate with CSEM with the aim of generating long-term and durable high-tech business in Switzerland.
Sohail Malik, CEO
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UCLA University of California Los Angeles
CSEM is by far the best company we have worked with in the past 20 years. We not only recommend them without reservation.
CSEM is by far the best company we have worked with in the past 20 years. We not only recommend them without reservation but also hope for a future project when we can once again benefit from their exceptional expertise and unique skills.
Ian McLean, Distinguished Professor/Director, Department of Physics & Astronomy
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U-NICA Micronics AG
By measuring fluorescence lifetime, U-NICA is able to offer its customers an additional verification parameter, which is unique for each fluorescent dye. This leads to a much higher security and opens new possibilities for unique customer codes.
By measuring fluorescence lifetime, U-NICA is able to offer its customers an additional verification parameter, which is unique for each fluorescent dye. This leads to a much higher security and opens new possibilities for unique customer codes.
Jonas Reinhardt, Director of U-NICA Micronics AG
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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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