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The Institute of Microelectronic Systems (IMS) works in the domain of microelectronics and computer engineering. Activities comprise the conception, design and evaluation of architectures and integrated circuits for digital signal processing applications. In addition, methodologies and tools for electronic design automation (EDA) are developed.

The institute’s main research topics include:

  • Design space exploration for digital signal processing architectures
  • Architecture modelling for digital signal processing
  • Rapid prototyping systems for real-time video signal processing
  • Reconfigurable hardware architectures
  • Driver assistance systems
  • Medical electronics

These research topics are also reflected by the lectures held at the IMS. A major focus is laid on digital circuits, FPGA design methods or application-oriented topics like imaging systems in the field of medical engineering.

IMS Core Competences

Real-time Digital Signal Processing

  • Stereo camera based depth estimation
  • Video-based driver assistance systems
  • Video signal processing for endoscopy systems
  • Object detection and tracking in video data flows
  • 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 sonification of motion data

Rapid Prototyping

  • Emulation of multi-core processor systems
  • Adapted processors and hardware acceleration modules
  • Creation of FPGA designs for systems and applications with high data rates in audio and video signal processing
  • Early estimation of power losses and performance
  • Hardware/software co-design

Design of Application-specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC)

  • Power loss optimised multi-core processor systems for high-resolution multi-standard video compression in mobile multimedia end devices
  • Creation of high-temperature capable electronics based on SOI technology
  • Architectures for wireless sensor networks with low power loss
  • Hardware architectures for MIMO UWB systems





Electronic Design Automation

  • Advanced Verification methods for analog/mixed-signal circuit
  • Robustness analysis and increase
  • Constraint driven design
  • Accelerated mixed-signal simulation
  • Generation of dependable models for analog circuits
  • Physical Design Methods




Technical Equipment (Extract)

  • Platforms for emulation of complex hardware designs (BEE4, Chip-IT)
  • Platforms for 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

  • 3D-Video Equipment