MCCI at Tyndall National Institute awards over €5 million in research funding to develop future deep-tech solutions in the area of microelectronics, such as beyond 5G wireless communications, implantable biomedical devices, IoT, sustainable electronics, space and satellite electronics.

1 Dec 2020: Researchers working nationally with the Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) at Tyndall National Institute, one of Ireland’s highest performing Enterprise Ireland/IDA funded technology centres, will share over €5 million in funding to support their research into innovative future technology solutions in the area of microelectronics. 

These research projects will advance state of the art novel ideas in circuit design, enabling businesses in Ireland to lead the way in future IoT and sustainable electronics applications, 5G wireless communications, cryogenic circuits, wireless power, implantable medical devices and wearable healthcare, smart agriculture, quantum computing, space/satellite electronics, and automotive applications.

The objective is to advance industry relevant developing technologies for lower power, higher precision analogue and mixed signal interface circuits, and new hardware architectures, for emerging applications in sensors, communications, AI and quantum engineering.  This will have a knock-on impact on SME’s and semiconductor companies in Ireland looking to advance their technology.

Companies throughout the country partner with MCCI to access such novel concepts and state of the art research, so MCCI always has an industry focus at its core.

The call for high-impact industry relevant research proposals was launched in July and the response went beyond all expectations, to such an extent that it was 4 times oversubscribed.  

Donnacha O Riordan, Executive Director of MCCI, said the result is hugely encouraging and indicates the level of innovation and ideas that are generated within the microelectronics eco system in Ireland.  

Commenting on the funding awards, he said, “Congratulations to the researchers who have received funding today. The scope of the projects that have been funded will support industry growth by securing and scaling circuits R&D activity at our member companies in Ireland. By engaging our world-leading research leaders, we provide a competitive advantage to microelectronics companies (SMEs and MNCs) located in Ireland. This ultimately leads to increases in employment, export revenue and the generation of future leaders in the sector”. 

The awardees are

PI 

University 

Research Pillar 

Bogdan Staszewski & Teerachot Siriburanon 

UCD 

High Speed Transceivers.
This project will support wide bandwidths of up to 2GHz at 28GHz carrier frequency so that it can be deployed in the 5G mobile transmitters, which will benefit the Irish communications industry. 

Daniel O’Hare 

MCCI 

Precision Circuits.
This technology will enable new applications in areas such as environmental monitoring, Smart Agriculture, Connected Health and Industrial.

Deepu John & Barry Cardiff 

UCD 

Digital.
This project will develop energy efficient IoT sensors that can perform deep learning and pattern recognition at the edge of the network. 

Ivan O Connell 

MCCI 

Precision Circuits.
Two strands to this research, one to enable new applications in the areas such as Smart Agriculture, Connected Health and IoT, the second in Cryogenic circuits for Quantum Engineering and Space/Satellite electronics.

John Buckley 

TNI 

High Speed Transceivers 
This project addresses several research challenges associated with the design of Wirelessly Powered Implantable Medical Devices, that can monitor blood glucose level, blood pressure and neural activity recording as well as neural stimulation and drug delivery.

Peter Kennedy 

UCD 

High Speed Transceivers 
The aim is to develop novel modulators that will yield better spur performance, enabling the next generation of communications systems.

Seamus O’Driscoll 

MCCI 

Power Management 
This research will focus on innovative intelligent gate driver features to enhance, switching speed, efficiency and performance. Aiming to create the industry’s smallest transformer magnetic size.  This project will benefit companies in power systems, automotive, energy and power semiconductor devices.

 Yizhe Hu & Bogdan Staszewski 

UCD 

High Speed Transceivers 
Focused on achieving better performance in phase noise and lower power consumptions.

 

All of the projects are focused on current and future industrial applications which are in sync with national strategies such as Innovation 2020, the National Development Plan 2018–2027 and Future Skills Needs 2017–2022. 

Funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, MCCI‘s mission is to deliver high impact research for the semiconductor industry and to generate high impact innovative technology. Hosted at Tyndall National Institute, with an annual research budget in excess of €9 million, MCCI has established itself as a single point of contact in Ireland for access to high-calibre academic research in the field of microelectronics. The centre’s vision is to be the number one microelectronic circuits’ research centre globally for industrial and academic collaboration by 2025.