Current Research Projects

SACODRO - Safe Commerical Drone Usage
The crash of commercially used drones means a considerable amount of material and financial loss. The problem, that multicopters without active drive immediately crash, has received very little attention so far. The goal of this project is to develop a fully autonomous and data-logging parachute rescue system for multicopters, which can be attached to the aircraft without structural changes. By means of the electronic system, that is independent of the multicopter, the aircraft is safely brought to ground in case of an accident. A particularly important aspect is the use of multiple sensors and intelligent, learning algorithms, which enable a completely autonomous rescue system.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Drone Rescue Systems GmbH
External Partners
  • FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH
Start: 31.07.2018
ACTAMP - Adaptive Charge Transfer Methods for Highly Efficient Amplifiers
Methods for the realisation of highly efficient amplifiers for HiFi-Audio will be investigated. The developed circuits will be implemented as an integrated circuit.
Funding sources
  • USound GmbH
Start: 30.06.2017
THOR - Preliminary Design of the Fluxgate Magnetometer for THOR
The goal of this project is a concept study of a magnetometer frontend ASIC for the THOR space mission. A fluxgate magnetometer will be designed by our project partners, where the ASIC is used for the sensor frontend , A/D and D/A conversion and for signal processing.
Funding sources
  • European Space Agency, European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESA ESTEC
External Partners
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institut für Weltraumforschung (IWF), ÖAW
Start: 31.05.2017
FWF - Robust IC - Studies of robustness of analog integrated circuits
Analog integrated circuits (IC) are the subject of research in many areas such as energy efficiency, low noise sensor interfaces or high speed signal processing and transmission. The common feature required in all these domains is the robustness; robustness against any kind interferences. Whatever the purpose of the circuit, it must maintain its desired operation under real-world conditions. However typically in the target system, with many other surrounding active elements, there are additional external disturbances (high energy transient pulses, radio-frequency interference and radiation). These disturbances are usually not addressed during the design and simulation phase of the circuit, and often not even tested in an experimental evaluation test setup once the first prototype is available. A sufficient immunity to these effects is especially important in case of e.g. automotive and medical applications, where malfunction of an IC might become a real question of personal safety. However, the continuous demand for very large scale integration electronics, reduced spacing between components on the printed circuit board (PCB), lower supply voltages of the IC and increasing operating speed make it more challenging to build systems immune to external interferences. The objective of this research project is to find new methods and techniques to improve the current state of analog IC design: starting on the IC block-level with dedicated design techniques and robustness-oriented simulations, through physical layout of test-ICs and finally also focusing on the PCB-level placement and selection of components. In the first phase of the project the sources of potential disturbances will be identified, such as: external radio-frequency interference (RFI), transient pulses e.g. electrostatic discharge (ESD) and bursts, radiation sources and their intensity, internal interferences in a mixed-signal circuit. These disturbances may enter the circuit indirectly e.g. through connected cables or signal loops on the PCB acting as potential antennas for noise, or they can occur as a slow damage or degradation in case of radiation. The challenge of this project phase is to translate their influence onto an equivalent circuit-level disturbance model. The next step is to simulate the effects of the modeled disturbances and to accordingly modify the electronic circuit to maintain the desired functionality while improving immunity to the potential hazards. Finally, once selected test-ICs are fabricated and placed on a carefully optimized PCB, experimental comparison with the simulations is envisaged. The principal goals for the project are: understanding the influence of external and internal interferences in basic analog building blocks and defining design guidelines for robust analog IC as well as PCB design to ensure first time right designs of integrated circuit and final electronic applications.
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
Start: 03.05.2015
FPES2020 - Future of Power Electronic Systems 2020
This project represents the consistent continuation to our activities for energy-efficient and extremely compact power electronic energy conversion systems. The integration of widebandgap (WBG) semiconductor technologies, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN), will allow significantly higher switching frequencies at the same or slightly better energy efficiency. The use of these new semiconductor technologies in electrical circuits with an increase of the switching frequency by a factor >10 demands a new methodical approach – the holistic conceptual scheme. This project aims for industrial research of the holistic conceptual scheme as well as SiCand GaN-based demonstrators in order to evaluate the complied concepts.
Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Fronius International GmbH
External Partners
  • Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH, KAI
Start: 30.04.2015
Cotomics - Computed Tomography IC with high Radiation immunity
This project deals with the analysis and development of circuits, that have a high immunity against radiation. Structures and devices will be analyzed, evaluated and improved. New circuit topologies with a high robustness will be developed.
Funding sources
  • ams AG, austriamicrosystems AG
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 31.01.2015
EM2APS - EM2APS - Enhanced Materials, Methods & Applications for Power Devises & Systems
The aim of the project is the development and verification of optimized integrated circuit concepts of various actuators for electric drives / motors, power distribution and load and harness fuse for future electrical systems in the automotive industry as well as industrial applications. The research activities provide amongst other things the concept evaluation, design and verification of driver stages for power transistors and circuits for extremely accurate current and voltage measurements. An essential part is the optimization of the performances of integrated circuits regarding their electromagnetic interference as well as the reduction of electromagnetic emission.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Start: 30.09.2014
LEAD - LEAD-Low Emission Analog Design
The aim of this research project is the development of methods for the simulation and estimation of electromagnetic interference. These methods are to be used at a particularly challenging function block, a class-D amplifier, which is a prerequisite for innovative competitive developments. The goal is to develop products with an even shorter development time and "first time right”. The key to this approach lies in an extensive simulation in the design and concept phase and the implementation of universal system concepts, which directly lead to a competitive advantage.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • ams AG, austriamicrosystems AG
Start: 31.07.2014
LEAD - Low Emission Analog Design
This research project is concerned with the development of methods for simulation and estimation of electromagnetic emissions and the development of methods on circuit and system-level to reduce electromagnetic emissions.
Funding sources
  • ams AG, austriamicrosystems AG
Start: 30.04.2014
EU - NanoCaTe - Nano-carbons for versatile power supply modules
The multidisciplinary consortium of the NanoCaTe Project will develop a more efficient thermoelectric- and storage material based on nanocarbon (e.g. graphene and CNT) to reclaim waste heat by thermoelectric Generators and to storage the energy in super capacitors or secondary batteries for manifold applications like pulsed sensors or mobile electronic devices.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • Aalborg Universitet
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • VTT - Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus
Start: 30.09.2013
BMS CHQ - Competence Headquater für Automotive Lithium-Ionen Batterie Management Systeme
Competence Headquater für Automotive Lithium-Ionen Batterie Management Systeme
Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Start: 12.08.2012
Hochvoltbatterie - Erforschung der Anwendbarkeit ausgewählter innovativer Testverfahren zur Qualifikation von Hochvoltbatterie-Systemen im Montageprozess
Erforschung der Anwendbarkeit ausgewählter innovativer Testverfahren zur Qualifikation von Hochvoltbatterie-Systemen im Montageprozess
Funding sources
  • AUDI AG
Start: 01.07.2012
A3 FALCON - Advanced 3D Fuel cell AnaLysis and CONdition diagnostics
Cost reduction (as well as efficiency improvement) and increase of reliability are the most important tasks to prepare PEM-FC for the industrial usage in large quantities. This project will elaborate optimal operation-strategies using a close combination of simulation (CFD) and experimental analysis (spaced impedance spectroscopy and signal analysis). This will lead to the optimal usage of fuel cell stacks. The proposed solution comprises the integration of 3D-CFD degradation models, the experimental acquisition of critical status across the cell space, a real-time data acquisition and signal analysis (based on AVL THDA technology) and a correlation of results from simulation and experiment.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 30.06.2012
Advanced 3D Fuel Cell Analysis and Condition Diagnostics
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Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 30.06.2012
Analog Mixed Signal - Entwicklung von stromsparenden Analog- und Mixed Signal Schaltungen
Gegenstand des Projekts ist die Entwicklung von stromsparenden Analog- und Mixed-Signal Schaltungen für den Einsatz in Hybrid- und Elektrofahrzeugen. Die Arbeiten umfassen das Erstellen von Modellen und Schaltungsplänen sowie deren umfassende Verifikation.
Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Start: 15.03.2012
Highly integrated power architectures for automotive applications
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Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Start: 31.12.2011
EVA - Elektronikvernetzung im Automobil
Elektronikvernetzung im Automobil
Funding sources
  • MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 30.04.2011
EU e-BRAINS - Best-Reliable Ambient Intelligent Nano Sensor Systems
Best-Reliable Ambient Intelligent Nano-sensor Systems e-BRAINS represent a giant leap for outstanding future applications in the area of ambient living with the ultimate need for integration of heterogeneous technologies, high-performance nano-sensor devices, miniaturization, smart wireless communication and best-reliability. e-BRAINS with minimum volume and weight as well as reduced power consumption can be utilized in ambient living systems. Successful market entry of such innovative ambient intelligence products will be determined by the performance improvement achieved and the cost advantage in relation to the total system cost. The basic requirement for robustness and reliability of the heterogeneous integration technologies and the nano-sensor layers is in the focus of all e-BRAINS developments. The designated nano-sensor systems represent a very promising innovative approach with the potential to enable high-performance and precise functions in new products. The application of nanotechnology will allow large improvements in functionality and will open a wide range of applications for European companies. Future e-BRAINS applications require significantly higher integration densities. Performance, multi-functionality and reliability of such complex heterogeneous systems will be limited mainly by the wiring between the subsystems. Suitable 3D integration technologies create a basis to overcome these drawbacks with the benefit of enabling minimal interconnection lengths. In addition to enabling high integration densities, 3D integration is a very promising cost-effective approach for the realization of heterogeneous systems. Besides the heterogeneous system integration the main criteria of e-BRAINS is the need for miniaturized energy storage/delivery systems, low power consumption, smart communication and methodology for reliability and robustness. e-BRAINS benefits from the established European 3D technology platform as major result of the IP e-CUBES.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Instytut Technologii Elektronowej, ITE
  • Technische Universität Chemnitz
  • University College Cork, UCC
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL
  • SINTEF
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Direction de l'Energie Nucleaire (DEN), CEA
Start: 31.08.2010
MAS - Nanoelectronics for Mobile Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Systems
The objective of MAS is to develop a common communication platform and nanoelectronics circuits for health and wellness applications to support the development of flexible, robust, safe and inexpensive mobile AAL systems, to improve the quality of human life and improve the well-being of people. In this context, reference architectures will be defined in order to enable system development from devices to complete mobile AAL systems, and to enable cooperative clusters of such systems for specific environments and applications. MAS focuses on the development of an integrated approach for the areas of health monitoring and therapy support at home, and mobile health, wellness and fitness. The systems are intended for remote patient supervision using multi parameter biosensors and secure communication networks, and health&wellness monitoring in the home environment. The mixed healthcare and consumer markets will be targeted with MAS-platform-based devices with five application demos: 1: Health and Activity Monitor 2: Point of Care Terminal and Gateway 3: Cardiovascular Monitor 4: Diabetes Monitor 5: Mobile Cardiotocography The key developments will address mobile, unobtrusive sensor systems with standardized interfaces linked by secure wireless communication to a managing controller. User friendly interfaces, multiple heterogeneous sensors networks, low power and power management form key elements of the platform. Seamless connectivity, interoperability and cooperation across mobile AAL systems, health service providers and patient will be field-tested in different environments.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Vysoké uceni technické v Brně
  • Medizinische Universität Graz
  • Technische Universität Wien, Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Institut für Nachrichtentechnik und Hochfrequenztechnik
  • Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin , Zentrum für Kardiovaskuläre Telemedizin
  • Slovenská technická univerzita v Bratislave
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • České vysoké učení technické v Praze, CTU International Office
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Fundacion Cidetec
  • SINTEF
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Start: 31.03.2010
JUDY-Integrated Jitter Measurement: A Concept Study for High-Speed Clock Systems
With the increasing demand on higher clock frequencies for synchronisation and data transmission, jitter has become the major limiting factor for today's high-speed clock and phase locked loop (PLL) based systems. In order to overcome these limitations an accurate description and quantification of jitter and its influences is required. We propose a concept study for on-chip diagnostic tools that efficiently quantify jitter and thus can be utilized in various monitoring and surveillance applications that help to reduce jitter influence and assist in verification of specification requirements for PLL systems. The concept study is based on a novel and promising analysis method, which efficiently decomposes jitter distributions in terms of the deterministic and random parts. This representation allows for a simple qualitative description of the performance of a PLL, and thus can be utilized by the industry in several important application fields, such as bit error rate (BER) estimation in data interfaces, jitter tolerance measurements and adaptive jitter optimization techniques in PLLs and clock systems. Therefore, the concept study will evaluate potential and limitations in each of these application fields and provide the required key specifications for a future bottom-up design of on-chip diagnostics and other related design-for-test structures. The developed concepts, block models and test benches can be utilized generically in a broad variety of applications for jitter timing analysis and related design verification. Combined with the powerful estimation principle, this will lead to significant performance improvements and novel on-chip diagnostic tools, and thus aid in handling timing jitter for future system designs.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 30.09.2009
WOMAN - Wir organisieren ein Mentoring-, Ausbildungs-, Networking- und Praxisprogramm für Technik-Studentinnen
Das FEMtech Karrierewege Projekt WOMAN soll mindestens 20 Studentinnen mit technischem Hintergrund aus Süd-Österreich den Einstieg ins Berufsleben sowohl durch eine fun-dierte fachliche Qualifizierung als auch durch eine intensive Betreuung und Persönlichkeitsbildung erleichtern und ihnen wichtige Zusatzqualifikationen ermöglichen. Der Weg, den die insgesamt 20+ Studentinnen im Rahmen dieses Qualifizierungsprogramm ge-hen werden, wird sie über die Bewerbung und das Matching im Vorfeld über eine Welcome- bzw. Kick-off-Veranstaltung mitten hinein in die ersten Praxiserfahrungen in F&E-intensiven Unterneh-men und das vielfältige Programm von Zusatzqualifikationen führen, welches weit über dasjenige eines herkömmlichen Ausbildungsangebots im Rahmen des Studiums hinausgeht. Praktika, inten-sive Betreuungsleistungen über die gesamte Laufzeit, eine aufschlussreiche Persönlichkeitsprofil-analyse, ein maßgeschneidertes Mentoring-Programm Mentoring für erfolgsorientierte Technike-rinnen aus den technikorientierten Hochschulen im Süden Österreichs, Networking, Coaching, Vorträge, Seminare, Workshops und Kamingespräche bilden hier eine breite Palette von Qualifizie-rungsangeboten zur Vermittlung von relevanten Schlüsselqualifikationen, die einen echten Mehr-wert für die Studentinnen bieten wird. Darüber hinaus werden die Studentinnen wertvolle Kontakte zu den Partnerunternehmen sowie aufgrund ausgedehnter Netzwerke auch zu externen Organisa-tionen sowie Unternehmen knüpfen können. Am Ende dieses Weges der Studentinnen durch die-ses Programm werden die Studentinnen am Ziel des Projektes angelangt und optimal für ihren weiteren Weg in eine erfolgreiche Karriere in forschungs- sowie technologieintensiven Unterneh-men vorbereitet sein. Das Projektkonsortium wird von der Fachhochschule Kärnten und zwei Universitäten mit techni-schen Studienrichtungen nämlich der Technischen Universität Graz und der Alpen-Adria Univer-sität Klagenfurt - sowie vier forschungs- und technologieintensiven Unternehmen gebildet, wobei diese sich wiederum in die zwei Großunternehmen Infineon Technologies Austria und AMSC Windtec sowie die zwei Kleinunternehmen CISC Semiconductor und Technikon & WITEC unter-gliedern lassen. Alle Partner sind geographisch gesehen im Süden Österreichs angesiedelt und somit deckt das Projektkonsortium die technische Hochschullandschaft sowie technische Unter-nehmen unterschiedlicher Unternehmensgrößen sowohl im Forschungs- als auch Entwicklungsbe-reich im Süden Österreichs ab. Darüber hinaus bringen sowohl die Hochschulen als auch die in-dustriellen Partner einen starken internationalen Bezug mit.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Universität Klagenfurt, Institut für Intelligente Systemtechnologien (Smart System Technologies)
  • Fachhochschule Kärnten gemeinnützige Privatstiftung, FH Kärnten
Start: 28.02.2009
EU CHOSEN - Cooperative Hybrid Objects in SEnsor Networks
The high level objective of the CHOSeN project is to develop application-specifically adaptable communication technologies enabling the real deployment of smart wireless sensor networks in large-scale, performance-critical application fields like the automotive and the aeronautic. Application scenarios in these fields entail a complex and heterogeneous set-up, in which different nodes require or provide different performance. An important aspect is the support and the compatibility with other vehicle networks, both new and legacy. The CHOSeN projekt will develop a new hardware and software platform enabling distributed ptimal execution and scalable perfomances. The new middleware architecture will also support the system auto-configuration through dynamic resources discovery and management.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, BMWFW
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, L'innovation au service de l'industrie (LETI), CEA
  • Centro Ricerche FIAT S.C.P.A., CRF
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Computertechnik
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, KIT
Start: 28.02.2009
PUCKMAES - Physically Uncloneable KeyMaterial Extraction on Silicon
Uniquely identifying objects and items are becoming an issue with ever increasing importance on our path towards the internet of things (IoT). So far the technology for connecting unique identifiers (e.g. integer numbers, codes) to objects in radio frequency identification (RFID) was either based on EEPROM or fuse technologies. Both of them require additional process complexity during mass production, thus adding significant contributions to the basic costs of identification technologies. In addition, fuses' states' are easily being read out and thos do not provide any means for storing a secret value. A radically new approach towards identification - exploiting so called "Physically Uncloneable Functions (PUFs)" - is based on the unique variations of electrical characteristics inherently present in every material and appearing in every manufacturing process. These variations are usually not aimed for and only tolerated within certain limits, not to influence the specified behaviour and functionality of the produced devices. The idea to make use of the device specific uniqueness of material properties could bring a big improvement in terms of technology costs and logistics complexity avoiding time consuming programming steps as well as area overheads like today's non volatile memories. In addition these characteristics are supposed to be much less likely being maipulated and thus are adding an extra level of security to the ID technology. To go beyond the identification purpose secret values from PUFs may serve as key material to secure communications beween participants in the IoT. The PUCKMAES project is aiming at research on reliable, easy-to-extract, secure PUFs that can be used as a base material for device dependent individual secret key generation on silicon, thus pushing further the foundations of a secure internet of things.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 31.01.2009
MODERN - Modeling and Design of Reliable, process variation-aware Nanoelectronic debices, circuits and systems
The influence of progress variations is becoming extremely critical for nanoCMOS technology nodes, due to geometric tolerances and manufacturing non-idealities (such as edge or surface roghness, or the fluctuation of the number of doping atoms.) As a result, production yields and figures of merit of a circuit such as performance, power, and reliability have become extremely sensitive to uncontrollable statistical process variations. Although some kind of variability has always existed and been taken into account for designing integrated circuits, the largest impact of variability and the greater influence of random or spatial aspects are setting up a completely new challenge. On top of those difficulties, the deficiency of design techniques and EDA methodologies for tachling PVs makes that challenge even more critical. The objective of the MODERN project is to develop new paradigms in integrated circuit design which will enable the manufacturing of reliable, low cost, low EMI, high-yield complex products using unreliable and variable devices.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Microelektronica en Computer Engineering
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agroambientali
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
  • Université Montpellier II, Département Microélectronique
  • University of Glasgow
  • Technische Universität Wien, TU Wien
  • Politecnico di Torino
  • Institut polytechnique de Grenoble, INP
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per la Nanoelettronica
  • Centre Suisse D'Electronique et de Microtechnique S.A., CSEM
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA
Start: 31.12.2008
VHD - VHD (very high data rates) - High Speed Air-Interface and IC Architecture for Contactless Smartcards and NFC
The project VHD breaks the actual limitations of contactless smartcard and NFC (Near Field Communication) applications in terms of low transaction time. Therefore radically innovativetransciever concepts on the one hand side as well as new IC architectures on card ad reader side will be investigated, opening up an enormous new variety of next generation applications - e-passports with a variety of biometric data, e-health cards or multimedia applications for NFC will be enabled. The aim of a 10 times reduced transaction time leads to a variety of challenges and necessary solutions wich are far beyondthe actual state of the art technology. Thus a full system approach, which includes integrated transceive structures as well as new card and reader architectures, is chosen. The main focus of research is therefore dedicated on analog transceiver concepts, integrated digital signal processing needs as well as card and reader architecture under the constraints of ultralow power and low die-size. Besides the technical feasibilityand integration on silicon, it is aim todrive standardization forward which is indispensable for a successful product development for future markets.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Universität Klagenfurt
  • FH OÖ Forschungs- & Entwicklungs GmbH
Start: 30.11.2008
CAFS - Commercial ASIC Foundries for Space Applications
In contrast to the digital ASIC domain, there are no space qualified analog ASIC processes and foundries available in Europe. Thus, in order to achieve ITAR-free products, the use of commercial ASI technologies and processes for space applications represents a highly innovative and attractive approach. While AAE has already gained experience in design area, the qualification of the ASIC part the substance of the proposed work. The main goal is to optimise the cost function of such a commerci ASIC component qualification for space use by understanding all technological constraints. Our partner in this study, Institute of Electronics, TU GRAZ, will contribute their vast know-how of analog ASIC design, related ASIC foundries and applicable commercial quality standards. For instance, we will compare quality standards applicable in the automotive and medical industry with the ESA quality standard in order to point out where the real differences are, which are important to be observed.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 31.10.2008
PUMA - Power Management solutions for Next Generation Mobile Applications
The size scaling in the CMOS technology is predicted to stagnate towards the end of the decade. Only the SoC integration has the potential to continue IC cost reduction and to perpetuate growth in the product functionality. Thus there is a strong need to integrate PMUs for future mobile devices on a SoC, and for cost and form factor reasons use the latest deep submicron standard CMOS technologies. Innovation is required on a wide front in technology and device side (e.g. high voltage MOS devices, high voltage capacitors), as well as on system and circuit level. The driving factors, such as minimising standby currents at low/no load, reducing the number of external devices, enhancing safe battery operation and making use of deep-submicron advantages and standard CMOS without extra cost constitute the goals of the PUMA project. It is possible to achieve these goals only by integrating the PMU on the same chip as the power consumers and thus the development aimed at is integrating the PMU as an inherent part of the SoC. The target is to transform the PMU, which in a state-of-the-art solution is a separate entity usually on a separate chip, as a part of the 45nm SoC. When integrating the PMU in a SoC a challenge is the possible interference to RF modules that are integrated on the same SoC. This can be overcome by carefully analysing layout issues and defining guidelines for the top level integration of a PMU in a SoC containing RF sensible block, defining frequency planning techniques to avoid interference at critical frequencies and investigating switching interference mitigation techniques.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 31.03.2008
iTire - Intelligent Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have become an important safety feature in modern vehicles. Some countries already introduced new legislation which enforces the use of TPMS. Today the electronic direct Tire Pressure Modules are mounted on the rims of the wheels. They are powered by small batteries and transmit pressure data to the vehicle via an RF link. In future much more information such as tire temperature, contact area, vertical load and slip angle shall be captured by tire monitoring systems and furthermore lifecycle management and identification shall be supported. Therefore, the TPMS modules have to be mounted directly at the inner-liner of on the tires instead of rims. This introduces big challenges in terms of miniaturisation, weight reduction and enhancement of functionalities of the new future Intelligent Tire Modules. Bulky components like battery or crystal need to be substituted by alternative realisation concepts. Research activities are ongoing to investigate generation of electric power out of the mechanical acceleration energy of the rotating wheel. Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) devices are evaluated as potential replacement for the crystal. Nevertheless, there remains still a lot of open questions: How to operate the System when the vehicle stands still? What is the best frequency for BAW integration and data transmission through the tire into the vehicles control unit? Is it possible to power the intelligent tire modules via an RF signal and how can this be achieved without introducing additional components and costs for the car manufacturer? Which is the optimum antenna geometry in terms of efficiency, robustness and miniaturisation? How can the type of the tire, its life history and its position on the vehicle be identified and detected? Those questions will be addressed in the proposed project by competent and renown project partners in the field of radio frequency technologies, antenna theory and integrated circuit design and vehicle dynamic testing. Outcome of the project shall be Intelligent Tire Prototype Modules which clearly demonstrate feasibility of Tire mounted modules with extended functionalities to significantly further improve safety of operation of vehicles at the point where we are confronted with the strongest and most critical mechanical interaction between vehicle and environment.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Nachrichtentechnik und Hochfrequenztechnik
Start: 31.03.2008
GALILEO - GALILEO client - Paving the way for embedded Galileo based mobile solutions
Services for Personal Navigation more and more application will be seen in the future. The Galileo positioning system is a new satellite navigation system, to be set into function by the European Union in 2009.
Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit Engineering
Start: 29.02.2008
NGCT - Next Generation Contactless Technology
In diesem Projekt werden innovative Konzepte für die nächste Generation von kontaktlosen Chipkarten und RFID Tags untersucht. Diese zielen auf eine Reduktion des Stromverbrauchs, Erhöhung der Datenübertragungsrate und eine größeren Leseabstand.
Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Start: 30.09.2007
ReadRF - Reader technology for logistic challenges with contactless identification devices
RFID technologies experienced a strong dissemination in many different applications within the las few years. Especially HF-technologies (bases on 13.56 MHz carrier frequency) were successful in high volume applications for identification in access- and passort- control, for ticketing in public transport systems and for object identification in manufacturing- and logistics- systems. New application possibilities like brand protection, high speed bulk of goods detection, multi media data transfer, etc. are pushing the demand for increased performance of the contactless linking technology of RFID systems. Todays HF-RFID Products are standardised in ISO 14443 and/or ISO 18000 where baud rates up to 848 kBd are specified. Discussions about new high speed standards have started in ISO working groups to cope with the demand for higher data- and detection- rates. Multilevel ASK and PSK have been proposed but are still far away from a realisation which fulfils requested performance, regulations and acceptable product costs. The 13.56 MHz ISM band which is used in HF-RFID systems has a very narrow defined bandwidth for the carrier frequency and very low levels defined for sidebands which is contradictory to higher data- and detection- rates. With ReadRF we follow the need to develop and evaluate innovative model and coding schemes. New modulation and coding prototype realisations for extensive real life testing and characterisation. Besides performance and compilance the prototype realisation also has to demonstrate feasibility of very high degree of monolithic integration for transponder ICs as well as transaction (reader) devices. Joint efforts in the areas of RF, Reader-, Transponder-, and Networksystem- Research and Development are necessary to push into a new generation of High Performance RFID, linking technology which enables a bundle of new very high volume applications in the contactless identification business.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 28.02.2007
BEYOND-Beyond Serial CMOS - Beyond Serial CMOS Links
The overall objective of BEYOND is to develop a highly innovative technology and design platform for high-speed and short range data bus systems. High performance analogue and mixed signal modules will be designed and demonstrated usin SoC technology with enhanced functionality optimised for high frequency and high-speed integrated circuit solutions. The electronic industry, especially the PC server industry, is undergoing a significant technology transition with the traditional parallel data busses being replaced by serial high-speed interconnects like SATA, PCI Express, Fibre Channel, Hyper Transport or InfiniBand. There is a heavy demand on aggressive innovation by researching in the fields of these novel serial interfaces, which will offer the benefit of highest speed, smallest footprint, lowest cost, and complexity reduction in Systems on Chip (SoC) and Systems in Package (SiP). The main goal of the project "BEYOND" is to develop a universal PHY prototype as the basis for future high-speed serial interfaces, because all of the high-speed technologies mentioned above are based on very similar components. The project "BEYOND aims to influence the upcoming standarda for future serial interfaces by actibe contribution within standardization comittees. The project deals with many aspects of high frequency design, system co-design, manufacturability including environmental testing, reliability testing and cost of manufacture of each of the processing route developed. The project results will lay the cornerstone for future embedded PHY solutions above 8 Gbit/sec for the next six or eight years. The challenge is to develop a multi-standard serial interface macro for high-speed performance at minimum power and costs. Furthermore the interface should be able to deal with low-cost and low quality backplane hardware and transmission channels.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
External Partners
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für integrierte Schaltungen, IIS
Start: 30.09.2006
socPod - Systems-on-Chip for Portable Audio
Today's multimedia applications use a huge variety of high performance integrated components (off-the-shelf components and digital processors). They realize digital processing functions like encoding or decoding of video or audio streams (processor cores and software), digital interfaces (USB, 2-wire, flash memory, etc.), analog interfaces (analog-to-digital converters ADCs and digital-to-analog converters DACs for video as well as audio signals) and power management functions (handling a variety of supply voltages). While highest quality in video and audio performance were the main design criteria for long time, a new generation of multimedia products evolved over the recent years. The availability of video and audio virtually everywhere, independent from mains supply, has become a major trend and a huge market for suppliers (e.g. iPod). Now, portable multimedia products have dramatically changed the metrics of the required components. Space and battery life time have become of major concern to the designers, eventually even compromising the performance. These design issues can only be solved by increasing the integration level, combining most, if not all, multimedia functions on a single integrated circuit (System-on-Chip SoC, System-in-Package SiP). Most advanced fabrication technology is required and the challenge of the designers is not only found in the tremendous design complexity, but also in the integration of critical analog and mixed-signal functions, as described above. The proposed project will address these problems for portable audio products and research in new analog interfaces. Oversampled audio ADCs and DACs, well suited for SoC integration, will be adapted for 180nm or 130nm transistors and 1.8V or 1.2V supply, while still delivering an estimated performance of 93-95 dB SNR. A global optimization at system, architecture and circuit level of the signal path from anti-aliasing filter via noise shaper, decimation and interpolation filters to equalizer and smoothing filter will reach lowest possible power consumption.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Fachhochschule Technikum Kärnten
Start: 31.08.2006
Verbrennungsoptimierte Regelung für Biomasseheizungen
Durch Einsatz von Aktoren und adaptive Algorithmen soll im Rahmen einer Dissertation an der TU-Graz eine multifunktionale Regelung zur optimierten Verbrennung bei Holzheizungen (Biomasse) entwickelt werden.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 30.06.2006
Hierarchical Simulation - Hierarchical Simulation of Power - Supply - Integrity in Large Mixed - Signal SoC Designs
In komplexen System-On-Chip Schaltkreisen gewinnt der Entwurf einer sorgfältig geplanten Stromversorgungsstruktur mehr und mehr Bedeutung. Durch die Vielzahl der Funktionen auf einem solchen Schaltkreis wird es immer schwieriger, elektrische Wechselwirkungen durch Spannungsabfällen sowie Ab- und Einstrahlung von höherfrequenten Signalen zu beherrschen. Ziel dieses Projektes ist die Modellierung solcher Stromversorgungsstrukturen, damit bereits im Vorfeld parallel zum Schaltungsentwurf Optimierungsmaßnahmen an Hand dieser Modelle vorgenommen werden können.
Funding sources
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
Start: 28.02.2006
Elektromagn Verträgl. v DMA4500 - Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit des Labordichtemessgerätes DMA4500 mit dem Steuerrechner XDCC
Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit des Labordichtemessgerätes DMA4500 mit dem Steuerrechner XDCC.
Funding sources
  • Labor für Messtechnik Dr. Hans Stabinger GmbH
Start: 19.02.2006
CTS II - Comprehensive Transponder System
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems consist of Transponder (so called smart labels) and the Transaction Station (readers). They permit contactless reading and writing between the units in order to identify, track and trace the objects to which the Transponders are applied. Nowadays Identification Systems are working on different standards and technologies - each offering advantages and disadvantages. The frequency of the RF carrier used to transmit energy and to send and receive data via the contactless link between Transponder and Transaction Station is the distinguishing parameter. Our goal is to research for the first time the technical basis for a "Comprehensive Transponder System (CTS)" which can be operated at several frequency domains simultanously. Scientific advantages well above current state of the art is needed for a) the concepts for multilingual RFID Transponder systems b) Multi-frequency interoperable antenna solutions, or c) solving and impendance match challenges. We have to electronically-funnel more than four antenna leads into a single IC input pair. CTS will pave the way for a globally fitting communication system able to exchange data all over the world. An ultra low power RFID prototype with a "Multi-Standard Communication Unit" working at both 13.56 MHz-HF and 868/915 MHz-UHF is forseen in the project.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Nachrichtentechnik und Hochfrequenztechnik
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Start: 31.12.2005
HyControl - Flüssigwasserstoff Tanksteuergerät
Entwicklung einer zentralen Steuer- und Überwachungseinheit bis zu einem Prototypen- (A-) Musterstand. Anforderungen sind eine eigensichere Schaltungstechnik (Ex-i), ein Entwicklungsprozess zur Erreichung der funktionalen Sicherheit in Anlehnung an IEC 61508 (SIL 3) und generelle Richtlinien für die automotive Elektronik.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Start: 31.12.2005
PROACT - Programme for Advanced Contactless Technology
PROACT has the short-term goal to stir increased interest and cooperation in the research area of contactless identification technology. The medium-term goal is to establish Graz as a center of excellence in advanced RFID technology and related fields of research. PROACT has the goal to augment teaching activity for RFID topics and to attract students to specialize in an RFID-related area. An appropriate number of high qualified PROACT graduates should find attractive jobs in the local industry. Another goal of PROACT is to strengthen the collaboration of the local industry with academia. Building on existing expertise in this area, PROACT will benefit from the strong local industrial and academic strengths. It will speed up advances by defining a joint programme for research and teaching activities.
Funding sources
  • NXP Semiconductors Austria GmbH Styria
External Partners
  • SIC - Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies
Start: 30.11.2005
Technologieverbund Mikroelektronik Österreich (TMOe)
The TMOe is a cooperation of 6 Austrian university institutions framed by the Gesellschaft für Mikroelektronik. Its goal is to tranfer VLSI design knowhow to small and medium industries. All institutions also take part in the European level project EUROPRACTICE. The VLSI design infrastructure built during the participation in EUROCHIP and AUSTROCHIP is made available to industry.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, BMWA
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Wien, Fakultät für Informatik, Institut für Technische Informatik
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Allgemeine Elektrotechnik und Elektronik
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Computertechnik
  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institut für Systemwissenschaften
  • Gesellschaft für Mikro- und Nanoelektronik, GMe
Start: 30.06.1996
ESPRIT EUROCHIP-A (phase 2)
In 1989, the VLSI Design Action EUROCHIP was part of the Europe's response to the challenge created by the increasing use of microelectronics in the rapidly expanding high technology industries. Meanwhile, the follow-up project EUROPRACTICE has started. EUROPRACTICE is an EC initiative which aims to stimulate the wider exploitation of state-of-the-art microelectronics technologies by European industry. The ultimate goal of EUROPRACTICE is to enhance European industrial competitiveness in the global market-place. The institute has joined this project in order to continue with basic and advanced eduction and training in the field of VLSI design.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, BMBWK
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Computertechnik
  • Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Allgemeine Elektrotechnik und Elektronik
  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institut für Systemwissenschaften
  • Technische Universität Wien, Fakultät für Informatik, Institut für Technische Informatik
Start: 30.11.1992