Welcome to the ICLAB

Die Microphotograph of an FM-UWB Transceiver (V. Kopta PhD)

The Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICLAB) operates as part of the Institute of Microengineering (IMT) in the new EPFL site of Neuchâtel. It is focused on the design of low-power and low-voltage analog and RF CMOS integrated circuits, on the modeling of advanced semiconductor devices with a particular focus on the MOS transistor for analog and RF design, and on the design of low-power error tolerant circuits and systems.

The general approach taken for the research activity conducted in the Integrated Circuit Laboratory relies on a deep understanding of the properties and limitations of active and passive devices from an analog and RF perspective and their impact at the circuit and system level. it is indeed our belief that such a profound understanding of the operation and limitations of the nano-scale MOS transistor is a must for the efficient design of complex circuits and systems that can take full advantage of new features of nano-scale CMOS processes without any compromise on the yield and cost in production. The strong background acquired over the years in compact modeling of the MOS transistor with the EKV model and its related design methodology applied to analog and RF circuits, helps finding optimum circuit solutions.