1992 Microswiss-Center North-South
Founded in 1992 by professor Reto Klein as part of the federal impulse program "MICROSWISS". Initial task was to promote and boost the application of microelectronics in the swiss industry. Attached to the Technical College Brugg-Windisch and associated with the Colleges of Basel and Tessin.
1995 Microswiss-Center Aargau
Starting in 1995, Peter Cairoli took charge of the microswiss-center and focused primarily to extend project activities with the industry.
1999 Center for Microelectronics Aargau (ZMA)
The center changed significantly: the Technical College Brugg-Windisch became the University of Applied Science Aargau with a new, enhanced charter. Professor Karl Schenk took charge, and the center received a new strategy, a new face and a new name: Center for Microelectronics Aargau (ZMA). During the summer of 1999 it allienced with similar departments from other Swiss Universities forming the MICROSWISS Network and assuming its lead.
2006 Institute of Microelectronics (IME)
As of January 1st 2006 the Technical Universities of Aargau, Basel and Solothurn merged forming the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. The Center for Microelectronics became the Institute of Microelectronics (IME).
There are currently 19 members of staff at the institute, including 3 research assistants and 9 professional engineers with many years of experience in industry.
- They teach the basics for the course of electrical engineering and advanced subjects as part of the Masters of Advanced Studies in Microelectronics
- They are holding seminar and workshops for members of the industry
- They aquire new knowledge as part of research projects with the industry
- They develop new solutions for industry problems
Dozens of projects with customers in- and outside Switzerland were completed successfully, but due to confidentiality we are only permitted to share a few reference projects.