Special Issue "Design, Fabrication and Testing of Integrated Circuits and Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Circuit and Signal Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 3711

Special Issue Editors

Department of Electronics, AGH University of Science and Technology, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Interests: VLSI/ULSI design; SoC; embedded systems; micro- and nano-systems; thermal issues; high-speed computation hardware; computing acceleration; green energy; zero power systems; bioengineering; artificial intelligence; medical equipment; equipment for disabled people; reliability; sensors and education design; prefix; electric generators; thermoelectric cooling; coolers
Department of Microelectronics and Computer Science, Lodz University of Technology, 90-924 Lodz, Poland
Interests: multidomain simulation of electronic devices and systems; VLSI technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, electronics is placing increasing demands on the functionality of integrated circuits., with users expecting them to be very fast, reliable, low-energy. We are approaching our limits in terms of reducing the channel length of the transistor, forcing us to search for new qualities, technologies, and architectures.

The aim of this Special Issue is for all people involved in the design, production, and testing of integrated circuits and systems to be able to share their thoughts and experiences with this field of research. We aim to make progress in this field and to facilitate access to the latest developments for all interested parties.

Very important problems include modeling these systems, especially in relation to systems with transistors with a channel length of several nanometers, reducing static and dynamic energy losses, reliability, and universality.

We encourage you to share your achievements in designing various types of integrated circuits and systems, not only those with the highest frequency of operation or minimum power consumption, but any achievements contributing to the development of this field of science and engineering.

Thank you in advance for the articles sharing your achievements and experiences.

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Jan Kos
Prof. Dr. Marcin Janicki
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • general design of integrated circuits and systems
  • low-energy and/or high-frequency integrated systems
  • production and testing of reliable integrated devices
  • application specified integrated circuits
  • architecture of integrated devices
  • power ics for automotive applications

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VES-BJT: A Lateral Bipolar Transistor on SOI with Polysilicon Emitter and Collector
Electronics 2023, 12(8), 1871; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics12081871 - 15 Apr 2023
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This paper summarizes the results of investigations of bipolar transistors made in VESTIC (Vertical Slit Transistor-based Integrated Circuits) technology. This technology was proposed by W. Maly as an alternative to classical bulk CMOS technology. However, the basic VESTIC cell can be used not [...] Read more.
This paper summarizes the results of investigations of bipolar transistors made in VESTIC (Vertical Slit Transistor-based Integrated Circuits) technology. This technology was proposed by W. Maly as an alternative to classical bulk CMOS technology. However, the basic VESTIC cell can be used not only to make field effect transistors but also to make bipolar transistors. Their structures differ in many ways from existing structures of bipolar transistors. The investigations reported here aim to answer the question: can VESTIC-based lateral bipolar transistors be useful as active devices, and can they be made technologically compatible with field effect VESTIC devices? The theoretical studies were followed by the fabrication and measurements of VESTIC-based p-n-p and n-p-n bipolar devices. Although the manufacturing technology available was far from optimal, working bipolar devices were obtained. The results show that VESTIC-based bipolar devices may achieve acceptable parameters if made with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. The main outcome of the research reported in the paper is that p-n-p and n-p-n bipolar transistors with acceptable parameters may be fabricated, together with field effect devices, in VESTIC-based integrated circuits. As a result, the VESTIC technology could become the new original BiCMOS technology. Full article
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Variable Delayed Dual-Core Lockstep (VDCLS) Processor for Safety and Security Applications
Electronics 2023, 12(2), 464; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics12020464 - 16 Jan 2023
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Dual-Core Lockstep (DCLS) is one of the most commonly used techniques in applications requiring functional safety. As the semiconductor process nodes keep shrinking, the DCLS technique is also more and more frequently seen in industrial or even consumer electronics. The paper presents the [...] Read more.
Dual-Core Lockstep (DCLS) is one of the most commonly used techniques in applications requiring functional safety. As the semiconductor process nodes keep shrinking, the DCLS technique is also more and more frequently seen in industrial or even consumer electronics. The paper presents the novel approach to the DCLS technique. While the typical approach is to set the slave core delay as a fixed number of clock cycles, we allow the checker core to run freely behind the main core within the constrained boundaries of clock cycles. This increases the temporal diversity needed for common mode failure mitigation. The system integrity provided by DCLS may also be used in the area of security applications. In this paper, we show that the proposed Variable Delayed Dual-Core Lockstep technique can flatten the power consumption correlation between the running cores, essential for a wide range of attacks. The proposed technique was implemented in the RISC-V processor core and verified in the Xilinx VCU108 FPGA platform. Full article
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