Electronics Design Centre for Heterogeneous Systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Engineering

Abstract

The traditional view of many engineering disciplines working as independent islands of expertise is no longer valid. Cross fertilisation of the diverse technologies available in Glasgow will lead to new methods and technologies for applications in medicine, healthcare provision, networks for communications and sensor applications, and the broader domain of Health and Usage Monitoring Sytems (HUMS) to be used in a broad spectrum of industries, services and the home. In response to this need Glasgow University will establish an Electronics Design Centre for Heterogeneous Systems.In this project we will expand the UK academic design activity in a way that is well matched to the pattern of UK industry which is diverse and extremely diffuse in terms of its use of electronics design. We will build an electronics design laboratory to match emerging research needs and integrate to our substantial nanofabrication and technology laboratories. The design-led research will, in addition to developing its own character, interact extensively with the established groups and laboratories of the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering to leverage new and emerging technologies using high-level specification and design methodologies. We will therefore combine the strengths of a dedicated design activity that has its own clear identity with a world class technology centre.The project will expand the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, the University's overall research capability, and the UK electronics design base, with the appointment of three new academics. With the help and support of staff at the university they will develop their own research activities, expand the base for collaboration, and generate new research and knowledge transfer routes. The Centre will be strongly supported by the University that will build a new laboratory and ensure that academic posts are continued into the future.We have targeted three major areas for electronic design-led activity: bioelectronic/sensor system design; ultrafast system design; and modelling/CAD tool development for large scale electronic systems. These activities are highly synergistic and this has been shown by the Department's recent research track record. For example body-area and autonomous distributed sensor networks present significant design challenges where RF performance, chip size and power consumption become key drivers. The design skills needed to achieve the required research outcomes are in wireless systems, sensor integration, low power design, low noise implementations and guaranteed performance and reliability.
 
Description The S&I award was not a traditional research grant but enabled the recruitment of new lecturers and the growth of electronics design research in Glasgow University. In the event, a lot that is very interesting and valuable has occurred since the award in 2007. In the course of the project we recruited 6 ECR academics. 5 of them are now full professors (3 in the UK, 1 in Germany and 1 in Switzerland), and one is now a senior engineering in a multinational semiconductors company.
Exploitation Route The University now holds a strong position in electronics design, research and teaching. Furthermore we have an extended family of colleagues at home and overseas.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Healthcare

 
Description Directly: Ion Torrent gene sequencing system. Chip technology was adopted by Ion Torrent and entered commercial production leading to trade sale of start up in 2010 for $725m. Indirect outcomes not available. People development - 5 full professors and a leader in industrial electronics design as primary alumni, plus all their team members, students and post-docs.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description EPSRC
Amount £1,955,965 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E003125/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £1,189,786 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E038344/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £427,969 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H011862/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £2,528,625 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H500138/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £372,083 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F032633/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £716,387 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G04130X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £210,824 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E044611/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £3,989,846 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F002610/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £1,955,965 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E003125/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £482,449 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G008329/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £806,722 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G011494/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £716,387 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G04130X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £806,722 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G011494/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £1,189,786 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E038344/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £427,969 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H011862/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £372,083 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F032633/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £491,387 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F014791/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £2,528,625 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H500138/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £491,387 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F014791/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £3,989,846 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F002610/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £210,824 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E044611/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £482,449 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G008329/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 6
Amount £150,793 (GBP)
Funding ID PULLNANO 
Organisation European Commission 
Department EC FP6 Collaborative Projects
Sector Academic/University
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 6
Amount £150,793 (GBP)
Funding ID PULLNANO 
Organisation European Commission 
Department EC FP6 Collaborative Projects
Sector Academic/University
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £312,494 (GBP)
Funding ID MORDRED 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £385,528 (GBP)
Funding ID DUALLOGIC 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £312,494 (GBP)
Funding ID MORDRED 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £416,168 (GBP)
Funding ID TRAMS 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £250,039 (GBP)
Funding ID REALITY 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £385,528 (GBP)
Funding ID DUALLOGIC 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £69,156 (GBP)
Funding ID NANOSIL 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £250,039 (GBP)
Funding ID REALITY 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £416,168 (GBP)
Funding ID TRAMS 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £69,156 (GBP)
Funding ID NANOSIL 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Gold Standard Simulations
Amount £90,222 (GBP)
Funding ID GSS 
Organisation Gold Standard Simulations 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Gold Standard Simulations
Amount £90,222 (GBP)
Funding ID GSS 
Organisation Gold Standard Simulations 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Higher Education Academy
Amount £500 (GBP)
Funding ID An online repository for realworld examples 
Organisation Higher Education Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Higher Education Academy
Amount £500 (GBP)
Funding ID An online repository for realworld examples 
Organisation Higher Education Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Royal Academy of Engineering
Amount £8,350 (GBP)
Funding ID Chips With Flair 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Sony
Amount £28,000 (GBP)
Funding ID I-V SIMULATIONS 
Organisation SONY 
Sector Private
Country Japan
Start  
 
Description Sony
Amount £28,000 (GBP)
Funding ID I-V SIMULATIONS 
Organisation SONY 
Sector Private
Country Japan
Start  
 
Title TERAHERTZ RADIATION DETECTOR, FOCAL PLANE ARRAY INCORPORATING TERAHERTZ DETECTOR, MULTISPECTRAL METAMATERIAL ABSORBER, AND COMBINED OPTICAL FILTER AND TERAHERTZ ABSORBER 
Description The invention provides a detector comprising a metamaterial absorber and a micro-bolometer arranged to detect terahertz (THz) radiation. The metamaterial absorber can absorb multiple frequency bands, from the infrared and the THz regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The detector is scalable to be suitable for use in a focal plane array. The invention also provides a hybrid of a plasmonic filter, e.g. for optical radiation, and a metamaterial absorber for terahertz (and/or infrared) radiation, to create a single material capable of absorbing narrow band terahertz radiation and filtering radiation in another part of the spectrum, e.g. optical radiation. Such material has great potential in future imaging technology where hybridisation can maximise the spectral information density of an optical system. 
IP Reference US2015276489 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Collaboration with industry on photonics technologies