IC Projects

Historical Background

When the first eight group members started, the main purpose was to learn more about the available tools and what we could do with them. This goes back to the beginning of the year 2008. After that initial hard work, it was decided that the group should expand and gather more members. To accomplish this a project was proposed. This allowed us to pass the knowledge to new members, so they could apply it to successfully conclude the proposed project. However, the group could not dedicate all the effort only to the study of microelectronics. A CAD management with a strong network infrastructure was mandatory. Therefore, the desired network was defined and since then its being continuously improved.

The project were most of the group effort was spent until now was the receiver project. In fact this project occupied almost two years — 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. Half of the receiver in one year, and the other half in the following year. The part that is now missing is the receiver’s IC test, which hopefully will be done very briefly. Nevertheless, there were always parallel projects within the group. Some of those parallel projects were financed by research grants, earned by some of the group members . Also, some master thesis were already developed within the group by its members — click here.

Although the main core of the group’s works has been RF, we are expanding our interests to another areas.

The group focused on wireless receiver circuits, particularly on low-IF Rx architectures and designed an ISM-band wireless receiver. The receiver was sent for fabrication and includes all the RF front-end as well as baseband circuits.

As the very first project of the Microelectronics Students’ Group, a CMOS 0.35-um N-fractional frequency synthesizer was designed and sent for tape-out.

The network infrastructure is an essential part of the Microelectronics Students’ Group. It is a work that is continuously being improved, although it is already at a very advanced stage.