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Tyndall National Institute (TNI)
Hosting Legal Entity
University College Cork
Dyke Parade, Tyndall National Institute, Cork (Ireland)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1982
Scientific Description
Established with a mission to support industry and academia in driving research to market, Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development and the largest facility of its type in Ireland. Established in 2004 as a successor to the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC founded in 1982) at University College Cork, the Institute employs over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, with a full-time graduate cohort of 135 students generating over 200 peer-reviewed publications each year.With a network of 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, Tyndall generates around €30M income each year, 85% from competitively won contracts nationally and internationally. Tyndall is also a lead partner in European research partnerships in its core areas of ICT, communications, energy, health and the environment worth €44M, including €6M accruing to industry in Ireland (from Framework 7). Hosting the only full CMOS (metal oxide semiconductor) integrated circuit construction, Micro Electronic Mechanical systems (MEMS) and III-V Wafer Semiconductor fabrication facilities and services in Ireland, Tyndall is capable of prototyping new product opportunities for its target industries – electronics, medical devices, energy and communication. Tyndall is a globally leading Institute in its four core research areas of Photonics, Microsystems, Micro/Nanoelectronics and Theory, Modeling and Design. Tyndall is the lead institution for the Irish Photonics Integration Centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland.Tyndall focuses on delivering the following:• Research excellence in ICT and Life Sciences• Delivering ICT solutions for Communications and Computation, Energy, Health and Environment• Educating the next generation of innovators• Attracting inward investment• Creating value for indigenous Irish companies• National facility open to all-Ireland research and business• Our “atoms to systems” approach at places particular emphasis on the development of innovative materials, devices and microsystem hardware platforms.

RI Keywords
ICT hardware research, Micro-nanoelectronics, Photonics, Theory modelling and design, Microsystems
RI Category
Environmental Health Research Facilities
Telemedicine laboratories and E-Health technologies
Materials Synthesis or Testing Facilities
Electrical and Optical Engineering Facilities
Intense Light Sources
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Micro- and Nanotechnology facilities
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Information Science and Technology
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Access to Tyndall facilities and expertise

Both academic and industrial researchers can gain access to the extensive facilities and expertise at Tyndall.

Research facilities for ICT and life science research

Working with both Si and III-V materials, Tyndall has a large number of research facilities available, including:- Device Fabrication: design, implantation, etching and deposition, photolithography- Characterisation: SEM, TEM, FIB and full electrical test- Reliability: drop test, temperature cycling, HAST, vibration- Reverse engineering: competitive analysis at IC/chip level- MEMS: design & fabrication- Packaging: wafer thinning and dicing, die attach, wire bonding, package sealing- Systems Integration: Wireless systems, protoyping service.

Date of last update: 24/05/2018
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