Research at the Institute of Microelectronic Systems

Research directions

The research focus of the Institute for Microelectronic Systems lies in the design and implementation of digital and analog circuits and systems as well as in the development of tools for the automation of the design process. Another focus is on the reliability of microelectronic circuits.

Research directions

The research focus of the Institute for Microelectronic Systems lies in the design and implementation of digital and analog circuits and systems as well as in the development of tools for the automation of the design process. Another focus is on the reliability of microelectronic circuits.

RESEARCH DIRECTIONS

  • Design space exploration for architectures for digital signal processing
  • Analog / mixed signal design
  • Modeling of architectures for digital signal processing
  • Rapid prototyping systems for real-time video signal processing
  • Reconfigurable hardware architectures
  • Driver assistance systems
  • Medical electronics & biomedical engineering
  • Verification procedure for analog / mixed-signal circuits
  • Procedure for physical design
  • Integrated voltage converters
  • Integrated gate drivers
  • Electronic design automation
  • Reliability

DESIGN OF APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (ASIC)

  • Power loss-optimized multicore processor systems for high-resolution multistandard video compression in mobile multimedia devices
  • Development of high temperature electronics based on SOI technologies
  • Architectures for low-loss wireless sensor networks
  • Hardware architectures for MIMO UWB systems

ANALOG/MIXED-SIGNAL DESIGN

  • Integrated high-voltage voltage converter
  • Hybrid voltage converters
  • Integrated gate drivers, GaN-on-Si
  • Current measurement circuits

REAL-TIME DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING

  • Stereo camera-based depth estimation
  • Video-based driver assistance systems
  • Video signal processing for endoscope systems
  • Object detection and tracking in video data streams
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image generation
  • Signal processing in high temperature environments
  • Software defined radio Cognitive MIMO UWB radio systems
  • Signal processing for wireless sensor networks
  • Automated dynamic music classification
  • Real-time capable sonification of movement data
Disparity image of a stereo camera system

RAPID PROTOTYPING

  • Emulation of multicore processor systems
  • Adapted processors and hardware acceleration modules
  • Development of FPGA designs for systems and applications with high data rates in audio and video signal processing
  • Early assessment of power loss and performance
  • Hardware software codesign

ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION

  • Methods for the verification of analog / mixed-signal circuits
  • Analysis and increase of the robustness of electronic systems
  • Methods for the reliable modeling of analog circuits
  • Methods for physical design (layout)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT AT THE INSTITUTE

  • Platforms for emulating complex hardware designs
    • BEE4, Chip-IT
  • Platforms for the analysis of GPGPU-accelerated data processing (CUDA, OpenCL)
  • Hardware design environments
    • Xilinx ISE, Altera Quartus, Synopsys Front End and Verification Tools, Cadence SoC
    • Encounter, Tensilica Xtensa Xplorer (ASIP design environment)
  • Fully equipped electronics laboratory
    • Logic analyzers, spectrum analyzer, audio analyzer
    • SMD soldering station
    • Assembly line
    • PXI system (National Instruments)
  • Test vehicle for highly automated driving
    • PANDA (photo)
  • 3D video equipment
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  • Analog design environment
    • Virtuoso Analog Design Environment (Cadence)
  • Analog laboratory
    • Oscilloscopes up to 4 GHz (Tektronix)
    • Network analyzer 5 Hz - 3 GHz (Keysight)
    • High-voltage SMUs 1 kV, 20 W
    • Signal generator 250 MHz (Tektronix)
    • RLC meter (Keysight)
    • Wire-Bonder (TPT HB16)
    • Tip measuring station (Everbeing)

RESEARCH NETWORKS

The IMS is a member of the following research associations:

http://www.biofabrication.info/

http://www.hearing4all.eu/

http://nife-hannover.de/

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