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Microelectronics and Microwaves

Nicole McFarlane Holing a Sensor

Microelectronics and Microwaves

Analog Circuits, Antennas and Microwave, Bio-Electronics, Embedded Systems, Integrated Circuits, MEMS, Microelectronics, Mixed-signal VLSI, Nano-Electronics, Sensors


Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Analog VLSI and Devices Laboratory, Antennas and Microwave Systems, Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICAS), NorDIC Lab


Analog VLSI and Devices Laboratory

The research at the Analog & Mixed Signal VLSI and Devices Laboratory focuses on analog & mixed signal circuit designs in bulk CMOS and SOI technologies, semiconductor devices for high frequency and high power applications and bio-microelectronics. In addition, the lab collaborates with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the areas of monolithic sensors and nano-technology.

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Antennas and Microwave Systems

The Antennas and Microwave Systems group’s research interests encompass UWB systems for various applications including See-Thru-Walls and precise In-Door Localization; Reconfigurable Antennas, particularly their development, RF front ends for wireless applications; advancing state-of-the-art steerable DBS antennas for mobile platforms, and phased arrays as well as enhancing efficient power-combining techniques. The group’s research capabilities include electromagnetic analysis, antenna modeling, and full experimental validation at both frequency and time domains. Furthermore, the group’s activities include components development, sub-systems designs and integration, and product development.

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Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory

ICSL’s research focus includes Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) CMOS mixed-signal systems, CMOS low-voltage analog IC design, development of novel devices for SOI technology (such as the G4-FET or MOS-JFET), and CMOS analog design techniques for extreme environment applications. Partnered with the Analog VLSI and Devices Laboratory, the ICASL team collaborates with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, particularly in the areas of nanotechnology, biomicroelectronics, and smart sensors.

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NorDIC Lab

Nanoelectronic Devices and Integrated Circuits (NorDIC) Lab is located in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The NorDIC lab focuses on application-driven novel device designs and technology-aware circuit solutions for emerging nanoelectronics. Our research interests include exploration of ingenious device/circuit co-design techniques to overcome the prevailing/ensuing challenges, that the electronic industry and associated scientific community are experiencing/foreseeing. Due to the immense design complexity of the ‘Hyper-Scaling’ era, secluded device/circuit/architecture-centric design often becomes impossible. We work across multiple layers of design abstractions (Device-Circuit-Architecture) to solve daunting technological challenges and to best utilize the enormous possibilities offered by cutting-edge technologies.

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