A*STAR institute to conduct joint research with Norwegian firm

Research body A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has signed a research collaboration agreement with Norwegian geophysical company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS).

IME will develop rugged inertial sensing technology to enable PGS to acquire more precise seismic data at much higher sensitivity and at ultra-low frequencies.

The partnership will make use of IME's capabilities in sensor design, fabrication, test and signal conditioning electronics design to develop high sensitivity, high resolution and low power sensor designs which are of one to two orders of magnitude better than current state-of-the-art.

This will enable PGS to explore deeper oil and gas reserves and provide better results to its customers.

The Rugged Electronics programme, led by IME, aims to develop sensors, packaging, telemetry, non-volatile memory and integrated circuit solutions for extreme high pressure and temperature which are relevant to oil well exploration.

Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of IME said the collaboration demonstrates the diverse industrial applicability of their research.

"We have a strong programme in Rugged Electronics for development of sensor, packaging and electronics technologies for oil and gas applications, which will help PGS address their challenges and deliver impactful solutions to the oil and gas industry," he said.

"IME has a strong track record in microelectronics capabilities and has developed inertial sensors for many applications," said Rune Tenghamn, VP, Innovation & Business Development of PGS.

"This partnership enables us to gain new technological capabilities that will take our service offering to a higher level of performance."

PGS is a focused geophysical company headquartered in Oslo, Norway that provides a broad range of seismic and reservoir services, including acquisition, processing, interpretation, and field evaluation.

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