Our Research Expertise

MCCI undertakes collaborative projects in the microelectronics circuit design space with an emphasis on mixed-signal, Analogue and RF circuits. Projects also have algorithm, digital design, IC architecture or system architecture components to them where these can lead to improved performance of mixed-signal circuits.

 

We emphasise the theme of Digitally Assisted Analogue, encompassing digital techniques for the pre-processing, post-processing, test, correction and calibration of Analogue circuits.

 

In order to make ICs more cost effective, lower form factor, lower power and higher performance, designs continue to push down into lower geometry process technologies. Much of our research explores the challenges of designing analogue on such advanced nodes – variability, reduced voltage headroom and lack of analogue scaling – while simultaneously developing solutions to tackle the demands of 5G, Software-Defined Radio, Wireless HD, 400G Ethernet, and other emerging standards.

 

Much of our focus revolves around circuits that interface between the real and digital worlds. We have built strength across these key pillars:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 

 

Research Pillars

 

 

Power Management

Our focus is on advanced digital controllers for applications such as Energy harvesting, LED lighting and on highly integrated power supplies to address energy reduction challenges in existing applications and to enable new self-powered applications in the Internet of Things.

 

 

 

RF & Transceivers

Our research covers wired and wireless, with activity underway across frequency synthesis, all digital PLLs, optical transceivers, mixing RF-DAC, RF Power Amplifiers, 5G, discrete-time receiver, Bluetooth Low Energy, and mmWave.

 

 

Data-converters

We work on high precision ADC/DAC for electrochemical sensors. Our work involves high-speed ADCs for next generation communications as well as ultra-low power converters for IoT, Wearables and MedTech applications.

 

 

 

Digital Processing

We research ultra-low-power wearables, sensors for diagnostics, sensors and neurostimulation circuits for implantable devices, and smart surgical tools. 

 

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Technology is typically transferred through an agreement in which MCCI grants to a third party a license to use our intellectual property rights in the defined technology, sometimes for a particular field of use and/or region of the world.

Membership of MCCI is open to companies and research providing organisations with an interest in the development of microelectronics in Ireland.

Membership of MCCI will need to be approved by the Industry Steering Board. Prospective members should e-mail info@mcci.ie. If a member is accepted into MCCI they will need to sign bye-laws for the centre and if they wish to benefit from MCCI core-funded projects they will need to sign an IP and collaboration agreement.

These Intellectual Property is currently available for commercial licencing.

A 0.32mm^2, 0-6GHz, 4ps rms Multi-band LC VCO PLL
Developed by Ronan Farrell in NUIM

 

A 100dBFs SFDR Band-Pass ΣΔ Current-Steering DAC
Developed by Brendan Mullane in UL