Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for electronic based systems in Austria. The application-oriented center offers cooperative research at three locations – Graz, Linz and Villach – in five research divisions: Sensor Systems, System Integration Technologies, RF Systems, Embedded Systems, and Power Electronics.

Silicon Austria Labs GmbH (SAL) was founded in December 2018 as a new flagship of applied research in Austria. In July 2019, the former CTR AG (Carinthian Tech Research AG) became part of SAL, adding approximately 70 employees and the associated R&D infrastructure to the existing competence.

In the network of science and economy, SAL is offering “key enabling technologies” for electronic based systems and is laying the basis for smart products and processes that create the foundations for things such as Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IOT), autonomous driving, cyber-physical systems (CPS), AI, smart cities, smart energy and smart health. Research is carried out at both model level and hardware level (components, assemblies and devices with microelectronics and nanoelectronics), in conjunction with the holistic knowledge of comprehensive system integration.

SAL is an internationally recognized institution, with extensive experience in conducting and managing R&D projects, both on the national and the international level.

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SAL - Location Villach

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SAL - Photonic Systems

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SAL - Photonic Systems


Together with Infineon Technologies Austria AG and EVG, SAL will work on the mirror (including functional packaging), the mirror driver and the receiver optics within WP2.

Within WP3 SAL will research integration aspects of the photonic core sensor and functional optical matching of this to the environment and thus the applications.

Within WP7 SAL will research into light–object interaction and its relation on LiDAR signals, in order to aid the interpretation of signals and in particular of artefacts and interferences by real-world conditions including rain and snow, fog, sun glare, stationary and moving artificial light sources etc.

Furthermore, SAL is work-package leader in WP8 coordinating the dissemination activities of project results.

Key contribution

In the iLIDS4SAM project, SAL’s sensor systems division contributes its extensive and comprehensive competence in (i) designing, integrating and operating MOEMS in functional photonic systems, (ii) simulation, design and realization of fully integrated and highly functional photonic systems, from the source to the detector, and (iii) researching sensor effects and related sensor data processing.

SAL contributes three fully equipped laboratories (optics / lasers / metrology) dedicated to designing, testing and characterizing photonic systems and components, as well as well as extensive know-how combined with various simulation tools for advanced optical modelling as well as multi-physics simulations of micro-structures like functional MEMS devices.

Silicon Austria Labs GmbH

Location Villach
Europastr. 12, 9524 Villach, Austria