School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

µSystems Group

µSystems (microSystems) Research Group

The µSystems (microSystems formerly Microelectronics System Design) group is built on Newcastle's traditional strengths in microelectronics design, with the aim of using their synergy to tackle the challenges of rapidly evolving pervasive applications, such as Internet of Things, Autonomous Devices and Bio-implantable Microsystems.

Expertise in the Group spans circuits, architectures, algorithms, and systems, as well as design automation tools, with particular emphasis on methodologies for designing systems with low to zero energy footprints, and converting energy to computation and communication with maximum energy utilization in a wide band of operating conditions.

The group involves seven academic staff and seven research associates, with nearly 30 PhD students, creating a critical mass to cover both fundamental and applied research in complex microsystems engineering.

The group is a prolific developer of original design flows and software design tools (http://async.org.uk/tools.html) for microelectronic systems.

It also makes extensive use of Europractice software, holding licences for extensive CAD packages from Cadence (eg full IC Package), Synopsys (Front-end tools such as DC, PhC, Design Vision, Prime Time and Verification), Mentor Graphics and Handshake Solutions and exploiting links with Intel, Atmel and Sun for chip fabrication.

We can perform feasibility studies, prototyping, testing and characterisation of advanced ICs in 65nm CMOS processes and beyond. Several demonstrator ASICs have recently been designed and fabricated through Europractice (arbiters, microcontrollers, A2D and T2D converters, synchronisers, cryptoblocks, on-chip time measurement circuits, on-chip communication links - see http://async.org.uk/chip-gallery.html).

The group has extensive hardware and software facilities and a Neuro-prosthesis Lab.