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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Portable device for fast detection of food contamination
Exactly how pure is Swiss milk?
The scientists at CSEM developed an integrated and automated solution for performing these tests.
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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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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.

Scientific instrumentation
Developing complex, multi-technology systems involving significant physical layers. Topics include macro-MEMS, opto-mechatronics, and time and frequency technologies.
Microsystems design & process
Developing reliable MEMS products, from prototypes to small volume production. Focusing on macro-MEMS, soft-MEMS, harsh environment sensing, and MOEMS.
Printed photovoltaics
Supporting equipment developers, materials researchers, industrial suppliers, and end users with innovative organic and inorganic printable materials and processing technologies.
Nanosurface engineering
Developing solutions focused on material and surface sciences, structuring processes, and engineering, and on understanding physical, chemical, and biological surfaces.
Microsystems integration & packaging
Developing new integration platforms and corresponding technologies for advanced packaging solutions and general MEMS assembly across a vast array of applications.
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.
Photovoltaic thin films & devices
Developing next-generation solar cells with outstanding performance in terms of conversion efficiency, durability, integration capacity, and cost reduction.
Vision technologies
Vision solutions, including high-performance line and image sensors, classification and recognition algorithms, optical encoders, and stand-alone smart vision systems.
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.
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.
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.
Printed electronics & sensors
Range of competences in materials and devices, using printing and solution process technologies for patterned photodiodes, organic transistors, and sensors.
Photovoltaic module technology
Developing advanced packaging solutions and novel testing methodologies to better simulate field conditions and get quicker feedback on quality.
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.
Space & astrophysics
Developing highly precise, compliant mechanisms or scientific instrumentation for use in space exploration, satellites, and telescopes.
Semiconductor industry
World-class microelectronic design services to fully integrated ASIC, system-on-chip, or semiconductor optoelectronic components.
Home & industrial automation
Smart, efficient, and reliable technologies and sensors for process and equipment optimization.
Energy & building solutions
Extensive experience in combining PV and energy management to offer energy-efficient concepts and develop effective solutions for the building sector.
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.
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.
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.
Information & communication technologies
Hardware, software, and systems integration expertise for the next generation of connected applications—from wearables to aerospace.
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.
Biotechnology & life sciences
Miniaturization, integration, and microengineering expertise to develop new devices, tools, and systems for toxicology, pharmacology, and diagnostics and assays.
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Semtech
Semtech and CSEM have a relationship that goes back over ten years. We value CSEM's innovative capability and close collaboration and we hope to continue the strong relationship we have with them.
Semtech and CSEM have a relationship that goes back over ten years. This successful partnership has resulted in many co-developments and the transfer of many technologies. CSEM's ability to bring advanced wireless and sensing technologies to Semtech has been instrumental in Semtech's success in these areas. We value CSEM's innovative capability and close collaboration and we hope to continue the strong relationship we have with them.
Alain Dantec, Senior Vice President, Advanced Communications & Sensing
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Oclaro
We were keen to work with CSEM because of its know-how in optical design, packaging, and automation; but also because of its proximity to our R&D center.
We were keen to work with CSEM because of its know-how in optical design, packaging, and automation; but also because of its proximity to our R&D center, because of our long-term relationship, and because of CSEM's connections to Swiss industry.
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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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European Space Agency (ESA)
The spirit of collaboration that CSEM has shown has been excellent and I would specifically like to commend the center.
I would like to thank CSEM for the support it provided for the Rio Tinto campaign. The spirit of collaboration that CSEM has shown has been excellent and I would specifically like to commend the center for the preparation of the pre-testing as well as for the actual testing in Rio Tinto [...] not to mention the very good data we have recorded using LTMS. All in all a very good analogue simulation, which should be the basis of future activities.
Scott Hovland, ISS Programme & Exploration Department, ESTEC, Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations
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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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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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Adolphe Merkle Institute
In CSEM, we found a professional partner that engineered an ultra-thin insert for cell culture. This fruitful collaboration has led to the development of a new quadruple in vitro model of the human air–blood tissue barrier.
At AMI, our expertise is in the development of realistic cell co-culture models of the lung for the risk assessment of newly engineered nanomaterials. Until recently, the bottleneck had been the use of conventional insert membranes, which are ten times thicker than the air–blood barrier itself. In CSEM, we found a professional partner that engineered an ultra-thin insert for cell culture. This fruitful collaboration, funded by Lunge Zürich, has led to the development of a new quadruple in vitro model of the human air–blood tissue barrier.
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Osmotex
Osmotex was able to identify CSEM as the ideal partner. We have now launched our first series of micro-pumps on the market, and have relocated to Switzerland to further intensify our successful collaboration with CSEM.
To develop our proprietary electrokinetic micro-pump concept, our Norwegian start-up was looking for a partner with expertise in the fields of microfluidics, electrokinetics, and micro-integration. Thanks to this worldwide search, Osmotex was able to identify CSEM as the ideal partner to provide all these technologies. We have now launched our first series of micro-pumps on the market, and have relocated to Switzerland to further intensify our successful collaboration with CSEM.
Per Arne Lislien, CEO
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Poken
CSEM has a unique track record in the field of ultra-low-power systems, is familiar with existing IP portfolios, and has system-on-chip (SoC) expertise. You just cannot find that kind of know-how in large semiconductor manufacturing R&D departments.
CSEM's know-how in ultra-low-power design fits perfectly with our need to extend battery life: CSEM has a unique track record in the field of ultra-low-power systems, is familiar with existing IP portfolios, and has system-on-chip (SoC) expertise. You just cannot find that kind of know-how in large semiconductor manufacturing R&D departments.
Stéphane Doutriaux CEO and founder
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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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