Research Programme

Currently there are 3 main research areas in MCCI each with a strong Digitally-Assisted-Analogue emphasis. These three areas are Power Management, High Speed Transceivers and Data-converters. Each has a 5 year structured research roadmap which was created by industry.

Power Management

The Power Management area focuses on novel power supply design for use in multi-rail SoCs emphasising efficiency increases with BOM cost reduction. It includes new charge pump and regulator architectures, adapting the power supply to current environment, advanced digital control loops for multi-rail switching converters and high frequency switching converters for Power-Supply-on-Chip.

High Speed Transceivers

The High Frequency Transceivers area focuses on mmWave radio SoC, highly digitized multi-mode RF transceivers and high speed optical communications transceivers. MCCI mmWave radio research covers topics such as E-band and radiometers at 95GHz in deep-sub-micron CMOS. Multi-mode radio addresses challenges in multi-standard RF Front-ends, synthesizers, LNA and PA on CMOS. High speed optical transceivers looks at circuits for optical communications above 25Gbps.

Data-converters

The Data-Converters area focuses on calibration and self-test of data-converters including associated very low jitter clocking. We are carrying out research on ADCs with an emphasis on improved FOM for existing converters as well as pushing the data throughput envelope for converters aimed at very wide bandwidth applications. MCCI very low jitter clocking research looks at LCVCO PLL and All-Digital PLLs for use with RF and high speed data-converters.

The research programme is overseen by the Technical Steering Group. The current Technical Steering Group are Mark Barry (MCCI Director), Prof. Peter Kennedy (MCCI Acedemic Sponsor), Prof. Mike Flynn (University of Michigan), Prof. Andrea Baschirotto (University of Salento), Prof. Michiel Steyaert (K.U. Leuven), Mike Keaveney (Analog Devices) and Patrick Quinn (Endura Technologies).