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Hardware Development

We in the team Hardware Development focus on the planning, development and production of hardware components.

This mainly concerns the in-house development of highly integrated system-on-chip solutions, which may include proprietary integrated circuits (ICs) with industrially available semiconductor processes or commercially available programmable circuits such as FPGAs and microcontrollers. As a link to component development, the development of circuit boards (PCBs) is also one of our topics.

Dr. Andre Zambanini

Andre Zambanini

Tel: +49 2461 61-3236

Conception and development of

  • customized integrated circuits
  • solutions based on FPGAs
  • highly integrated and configureable systems
  • circuit boards for the integration of components

Our methods


Analog chip development

  • Individual circuit development in industrially available CMOS processes
  • High frequency circuits including modeling in MATLAB
  • Simulation of circuit design and top-level verification
  • Development of verification concepts of analog circuit blocks


Digital chip development

  • Description of digital logic with HDL languages (VHDL, Verilog)
  • Development of complex signal processing paths with MATLAB
  • Synthesis and physical implementation included
  • Use of virtual prototypes and sign-off verification to increase production success

FPGA und System on Chip Lösungen

FPGA and system on chip solutions

  • Integration of commercially available system-on-chip components into complex systems
  • Development and implementation of firmware based on VHDL descriptions
  • Verification by PC-based simulations and evaluation setups in the laboratory


Hardware design

  • CAD board layout (PCB) as a link for integrated system solutions
  • Use of state-of-the-art technologies such as Flex PCBs, fine-line HDI and impedance-controlled PCBs

Cadence Academic Network Activities


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We use Cadence software for research:

Our main research topics are design and verification of System-on-aChip (SoC) solutions for the various research applications of the Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH. For all these topics we rely on Cadence Virtuoso®, Spectre® (RF), Incisive® Unified Simulator (IUS) and Encounter® Digital Implementation System (EDI).

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