Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš (EF-UNINIS)

Participant full name: Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš

Participant short name: EF-UNINIS

Country: Serbia

Participant number: 1

Short description of the organisation:

Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis (EF-UNINIS) operates as one of 13 faculties of the University of Nis, and is one of the top 3 technical science faculties in Serbia. It has more than 100 scientific staff and over 1500 students.

EF-UNINIS team is actively engaged in the research of ionizing radiation effects in semiconductor devices. The main subjects investigated by the EF-UNINIS radiation research team include: characterization of radiation dosimeters, study of MOS transistors reliability (the radiation and post-irradiation effects, as well as the electrical and post-electrical stress effects), investigation of the electrical discharge and recombination processes in the afterglow periods in gases, and medical X-ray imaging. In relation to the radiation dosimetry research, EF-UNINIS has been involved in characterization of the radiation-induced response and post-irradiation response of RADFETs irradiated with gamma radiation. Also, extensive research has been done on characterization of the dosimetric properties of commercial semiconductor components (PIN photodiodes, phototransistors and SiC Schottky diodes). EF-UNINIS has also experience in characterization of custom designed radiation detectors using transient current techniques (top-TCT and edge-TCT techniques), and in characterization of single event effect through the circuit-level (SPICE) simulations. The researchers from EF-UNINIS have published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Besides investigation of physical and electrical effects of ionizing radiation, the EF-UNINIS team has substantial experience in the design and development of readout systems (PCB and system design, microcontroller programming, design of data acquisition unit) for experimental investigation of radiation effects.

Main tasks in the project:

EF-UNINIS will coordinate and manage the ELICSIR project through the work-package WP5. In addition, EF-UNINIS will also lead the work-packages WP4, and actively participate in work-packages WP1, WP2 and WP3. In WP1, EF-UNINIS will arrange and coordinate the visits of its researchers to the partner institutions, as well as the visits of researchers from partner institutions to EF-UNINIS. In WP2, EF-UNINIS will be engaged in establishing the plans and strategy for sustainable cooperation among the project partners after the ELICSIR project. EF-UNINIS will participate in WP3 by organizing 3 thematic workshops, and a symposium, and will also contribute to these events with publications. EF-UNINIS will be ultimately responsible for coordinating and conducting the dissemination and outreach activities in WP4.

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Tyndall National Institute (TYN)

Participant full name: Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork

Participant short name: TYN

Country: Ireland

Participant number: 2

Short description of the organisation:

Established with a mission to support industry and academia in driving research to market, Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development and the largest research facility of its type in Ireland. As a successor to the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC founded in 1982) at University College Cork, the Institute hosts over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, including a full-time postgraduate cohort of 135 students, generating over 200 peer-reviewed publications each year.

With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, Tyndall generates around 30M income each year, 85% from competitively won contracts nationally and internationally. Tyndall is also a lead partner in European research programmes in its core areas of ICT, communications, energy, health and the environment worth 48M, including 10M accruing to Irish partners (from Framework 7). Hosting the only full CMOS, Micro-Electronic-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and III-V Wafer Semiconductor fabrication facilities and services in Ireland, Tyndall is capable of prototyping new product opportunities for its target industries - electronics, medical devices, energy and communications. Tyndall is a globally leading Institute in its four core research areas of Photonics, Microsystems, Micro/Nanoelectronics and Theory Modelling & Design. Tyndall is the lead institution for the Science Foundation Ireland funded Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC).

Main tasks in the project:

TYN will be primarily responsible for transfer of knowledge to the EF-UNINIS research staff in relation to modelling, simulation, fabrication and characterization of ionizing radiation dosimeters. In that regard, TYN will participate in all work-packages and will lead the work-package WP2. In WP1, TYN will conduct the training of researchers from EF-UNINIS. TYN will lead the work-package WP3 and will coordinate all activities for establishing the conditions for sustainable cooperation. TYN will contribute to WP3 with organisation of the school in Ireland, and with lectures and papers for workshops and the final symposium. In WP4, TYN will be involved in providing advice to EF-UNINIS and will be actively involved in preparation of scientific papers for journal and conference publications. TYN will participate in project management in accordance with the predefined management procedures.

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Tyndall owns a silicon fabrication facility for manufacturing radiation dosimeters. The Silicon Fabrication Area is configured as a CMOS facility but a key strength of the Tyndall silicon fabrication facility is the flexibility allowed in processing. The laboratory offers the ability to introduce new materials, structures or devices in a CMOS environment with the possibility of transferring successful research output to commercial foundries. The silicon clean-room is currently operating on 100 mm substrates, but all recent equipment acquisitions can be upgraded to 150 or 200 mm capability. Besides, Tyndall owns a laboratory for dosimetry characterization. The laboratory has an area of 200 m2 and provides all the necessary equipment for RADFET and diode I-V characterization. The equipment includes two fully configured Cascade AttoGard semi-automated probe stations for wafer measurements (include thermal cucks and controllers), two manual probe stations, three semiconductor parameter analyzers (two Agilent 1500 and one Keithley 4200-SCS), half a dozen of Keithley 2400/2600 family SourceMeters, and standard laboratory equipment (voltmeters, multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supply sources, etc.)


IHP GmbH (IHP)

Participant full name: IHP GmbH - Institute for High Performance Microelectronics

Participant short name: IHP

Country: Germany

Participant number: 3

Short description of the organisation:

IHP GmbH has a team of 300 R&D professionals with core competence in microelectronics: process technology, circuit design, and systems. As a member institute of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Society, the core funding comes from the German Federal Government and the State Government of Brandenburg. The institute is focused on developing innovative solutions for wireless communication, particularly in the 5-120 GHz range. Its expertise ranges from system prototyping and circuit design to the implementation and optimization of protocol stacks and the development of system-enabling CMOS-compatible technology modules. The IHP is focused on wireless communication with an emphasis on integrated solutions, building on European strengths to enhance leadership in rapidly growing areas. Within the Systems Department, the Design-for-Testability group is engaged in the design and development of radiation hardened integrated circuits in 130 nm and 250 nm CMOS and BiCMOS processes, as well as development of radiation tolerant design flow and methods for testing the radiation tolerance of custom designed integrated circuits. Major achievements in the field of rad-hard design are development of the complex Middleware Switch ASIC (0.25 um CMOS) and development of innovative selective fault tolerant methodology. Furthermore, we are now developing solutions for circuit-level characterization of single event effects, fault tolerant flexible multi-core architectures, error detection and correction in non-volatile memories, implementation of very high speed serial interfaces. This work is enabled by existing IHP's rad-hard library for 250 nm process with ongoing evaluation of the project for radiation hard applications. The similar process has been started also for IHP's 130 nm technology.

Main tasks in the project:

IHP will be primarily responsible for providing training to the EF-UNINIS research staff in relation to modelling, simulation and characterization of Single Event Effects and radiation hardening techniques. IHP will participate in all work-packages and will lead the work-package WP1. In WP1, IHP will be responsible for conducting scientific training of researchers from EF-UNINIS. In WP2, IHP will actively participate in establishing the necessary conditions for sustainable after-the-project cooperation. The role of IHP in WP3 will be to organize the training school and assist the staff of EF-UNINIS in conducting complementary training activities. In WP4, IHP will be involved in providing advice to EF-UNINIS in relation to planned dissemination and outreach activities, and will be actively involved in preparation of scientific papers for journal and conference publications. IHP will participate in project management in accordance with the predefined management procedures.

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During the development process of an integrated circuit IHP uses different CAD tools within own design flow. For complete ASIC design and verification purposes are used Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics licensed tools. In addition, depending on the project needs, for verification is possible to use the Cadence Palladium emulator. Team of experienced digital designers offers the possibility for design of complex systems. In order to verify the project results we use the test facilities (high-end Advantest 93000 tester) for packaged and on-wafer tests and measurements. In addition, other equipment is available such as oscilloscopes, real-time spectrum analyzer RSA61114A supporting frequencies up to 14 GHz from Tektronix, etc. IHP utilizes the proprietary rad-hard cell architectures and rad-hard design flow. IHP has one of the most modern infrastructures in Europe, including a clean-room with 0.25um and recent 0.13um high-speed BiCMOS technology.


University of Granada (UGR)

Participant full name: University of Granada

Participant short name: UGR

Country: Spain

Participant number: 4

Short description of the organisation:

Universidad de Granada is a Spanish High Education Institution, founded in 1531. Over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at the UGR, with another 20,000 students taking additional courses, language courses, summer courses, etc. Our University is in the 33 position in the World Shanghai Ranking 2017 in the field of Engineering (ICT). The research group at the University of Granada was founded in 2000 by researchers from the Department of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics, the Department of Electronics and Computer Technology and the Medical Physics Service of the University Hospital “San Cecilio” of the University of Granada. This group is co-leaded by Prof. Lallena (Physics) and Prof. Palma (Electronics). Our goal is the numerical simulation, design, development and fabrication of sensors and low-cost and portable instrumentation for environmental, health, food

Main tasks in the project:

UGR will be primarily responsible for proving training to the EF-UNINIS research staff in relation to modelling and simulation of radiation-matter interactions, and characterization of readout algorithms for radiation dosimeters. UGR will participate in all work-packages and will lead the work-package WP3. In WP1, UGR will be responsible for conducting scientific training of researchers from EF-UNINIS. In WP2, UGR will actively participate in establishing the conditions for sustainable after-the-project cooperation. UGR will lead work-package WP4 aimed at building a stronger networking capacity of EF-UNINIS, will organize one training school contribute with papers and presentations for workshops and the symposium. In WP4, UGR will be involved in providing advice to EF-UNINIS in relation to dissemination and outreach activities, and will be actively involved in preparation of scientific papers for journal and conference publications. UGR will be involved in project management in accordance with the predefined management procedures.

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The research team from the University of Granada is a multidisciplinary group including physicists, Electronic engineers and Telecommunication Engineers with several laboratories and facilities. The following are the major resources: