About

μSG is an extracurricular activity related with semiconductor technologies. Here you can read about the goals for such initiative. But if you want, we can summarize it for you in three words: just enthusiastic work!

Mission

Microelectronics Students Group

The Microelectronics Students’ Group (μSG) initiative aims at developing and stimulating the interest of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students in the areas of semiconductor design technology, through the establishment of a very structured working environment where to create, design and innovate. Students at different stages of their studies work together, as an extracurricular activity, in a variety of design projects.

Microelectronics Students Group

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Microelectronics Students Group

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Microelectronics Students Group

μSG activities aim to be a gateway to the integrated circuit (IC) design world, as well as other ECE challenges. Projects, seminars, and workshops have the purpose to stimulate the interest of ECE students in any field related with semiconductor technologies. We are always open for new ideas about future projects, collaborations, workshops… and we have been doing it while having fun!

Microelectronics Students Group

How all this started?

Microelectronics Students Group

μSG was created in February 2008 by Cândido Duarte, who was starting his Ph.D. studies. At that time he joined seven students from the Integrated Masters degree in ECE at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), namely: Daniel Oliveira, Américo DiasMiguel Pina, Luís Malheiro, Bernardo Amaral, Ricardo Pereira and João Oliveira. Together, these students started building small microelectronic circuits, in radio-frequency domains, and quickly encouraged other undergraduate students to collaborate. Soon the students recognized that an adequate structure was required to properly operate within a teamwork environment. Some efforts were addressed to find a solution for several common issues, such as: how to manage installation, configuration and updates of CAD software from an extended list of professional tools; to establish good design practices, essential to cooperate in team projects; integration of new students invited to take part in the development of IC projects… These aspects covered a great part of the group’s initial activities. Soon the students recognized that an adequate structure was required to properly operate within a teamwork environment. Some efforts were addressed to find a solution for several common issues, such as: how to manage installation, configuration and updates of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software from an extended list of professional tools; to establish good design practices, essential to cooperate in team projects; integration of new students invited to take part in the development of IC projects… For some time, these aspects covered a great part of the group’s initial activities.

Microelectronics Students Group

Then, through projects sponsored by the University and other financial means such as student scholarships, several ICs have been prototyped under the Europractice program. Some of these works even led to final MSc thesis and numerous scientific papers were presented at international conferences. Such denotes strong innovation concerns within the group. And, besides the IC design projects, μSG also shows great interest in stimulating new areas of research and development, and to foster entrepreneurship in semiconductor technologies for the region, as well as cooperating with foreign industry since the early start of young careers.