Facilities

Measurement Laboratories

Flux 8.070 Electronics lab

The MsM-group has several fully equipped measurement laboratories to do all the required measurements. Measurements on AD/DA converter ICs and RF and Microwave Transceiver building blocks like Spectrum analysis, S-parameter measurements, signal generation and probing on wafer can done at frequencies up to 140 GHz in the 220 m2 shielded Electronics lab located in the Flux building, room 8.070. This unique lab has no interferring WiFi or GSM signals, climate stable environment, ESD protected workspaces and an entry sluice to keep the room fully shielded while entering the laboratory. The room has windows to have daylight entering which attenuate signals from 900MHz till 80GHz with at least 60dB. Inside this laboratory there are 3 probe stations, including 1 in a nitrogen environment. Flexible RF sampling front-ends with software defined post processing are available up to 2.7 GHz. Measurements at frequencies higher than 30 GHz are done in close cooperation with industrial partners.

Flux 8.061 EMC cage

For even lower noiselevel environment measurements there is an EMC Faraday Cage available located in Flux 8.061.

Flux 8.090 Propagation- and systemintegration laboratory

Another shielded laboratory is specially for wireless testing. This laboratory is called the "Propagation- and systemintegration laboratory" an is located in Flux 8.090. This 200 m2 large (shielded) laboratory is shared with the Electromagnetics (EM) group of the TU/e. In this laboratory wireless measurements from 1MHz till 1THz are being done.

Flux 8.100 Extension lab

This laboratory is a shielded room of 140m2 is an extension to the other laboratories. In this lab we perform measurements with external guests or experiments which (can) interfer with measurements done in the other laboratories. We have had companies test their products with equipment and expertise from the TU/e. 

Flux 8.058 Rework laboratory

There is a special rework laboratory for soldering, drilling and milling (Flux 8.058).

IC Technologies

The MsM-group has more than 20 different technologies installed on its CAD computer servers, which are continuously updated. Many projects make use of advanced deep-sub micron processes, but we are not restricted to CMOS. In general, we pursue to select the best technology for a specific research goal/application in terms of price, integration level, and performance.

Currently the MsM-group has 5 Dell servers to run all IC design related packages. Our software tools include:

  • Cadence (20 full design seats)
  • ADS/Momentum (20 University licenses)
  • Sonnet EM simulator
  • Philips In-house software

Acknowledgments

The MsM-group thanks NXP, Philips, Xilinx, Holst/IMEC for their support.

We also thank Philips Research Eindhoven, Philips ED&T, Europractice, NXP, Sonnet and Keysight for software support. In addition, we thank National Instruments for their lead-user program and also Keysight and Rhode & Schwarz for their educational discount programs.