Electronic and photonic systems are the basis of modern communication and sensor technologies. New components and technologies enable faster and better communication, as well as more accurate sensing. At the same time, the costs, size, and energy consumption of the systems are reduced. KIT researchers are working on electronic and photonic technologies, as well as components with a focus on the co-integration of electronics and photonics on one chip or in the same package. Furthermore, intensive research is conducted on methods for the realization of modern complex electronic and photonic systems and their applications.


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The research activities address:
Technologies & components:
  • Integrated circuits for modern communication and sensor systems
  • Electronic and photonic components for ultra-high-speed signal processing
  • Integration and hetero-integration of electronics and photonics (packaging)
  • Printed and hybrid electronics (nano-enabled printed devices, Si-/PE hybrid circuits and systems, flexible sensors, printed packaging for RF, THz und Photonics)
  • Energy efficiency of electro-optical interfaces and broadband systems
  • Multi- and many-core processor architectures, System-on-Chip (SoC), Network-on-Chip (NoC) and re-configurable systems
Methods:
  • Design and modelling of novel electronic components and technologies (process design kits for thin film technologies, physical layout, SPICE, data-driven models and ML learning models)
  • Hardware software co-design, hardware synthesis methods and multi-domain modelling & simulation methods for processor and system architectures
  • Electronic design automation for future technologies in nanoscale and other novel technologies (e.g., spintronic, memristors, printed electronics)
  • Design for test, design for reliability and hardware/software system design including metrics for safety-relevant applications in electronics and optics
  • Modelling, analysis and reduction of technology-based reliability problems in nanotechnologies (e.g., electro-migration, transistor aging, radiation induced soft errors)
Systems and applications:
  • Dynamically reconfigurable, adaptive and safety-relevant systems
  • Hardware/software systems for high-throughput processing and real-time
  • Photonic and electronic systems for data transmission
  • Ultra-broadband photonic-electronic signal processing
  • Optical and electronic measurement systems and sensors (e.g., lidar, radar, particle detectors)