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University of Cagliari

The University of Cagliari (established in 1605) is the only technical University in Sardinia, the most beautiful (at least in our opinion) and one of the largest island of Mediterranean sea. Sardinia is worldwide famous for its beaches, sea and tourist resorts but, recently, also for the growth of IT related companies which have turned into one of the main italian technological sites. DIEE - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering collects the research activities of the researchers involved in the course of studies in Electronic, Electrical, Biomedical, Telecom Engineering.



The EOLAB-Microelectronics Lab was established in 1995 with the aim of developing strong skills in the field of both analog and digital microelectronic design.


  • We develop research activities, and participate to research project in different fields ranging from sensor devices for biomolecular activity detection to analog/digital chip and SoC design.
  • We partecipate to industrial project for the develop of specific advanced product.
  • We provide undergraduate courses in the field of Digital Electronics, Digital RTL/HDL design, Embedded Systems design, DSP based systems, Biomedical devices design.
  • Every year about 20 electronic engineering students develop their 6 months thesis activity at EOLAB.
  • In our lab there is a wide experience of physical chip design for industrial applications.

Research @ EOLAB

The research activity at EOLAB encompasses a wide range of applications from Bio-sensors to SoC architecture. Common points of all activities are:

  • The ultimate result of the research effort is the design (and often the realization) of analog/digital silicon chip or SoC using industrial flow.
  • The final goal is always to achieve an improvement in performance. Even when the research is based on a change of viewpoint/methodology (e.g. bio-inspiration) the reference metrics are always the same: computation/detection capability, area and power.

List of active research areas @ EOLAB

  • Smart sensors design: Smart sensors based on vision processing at sensor plane is a research topic from many years.
    • Vision Smart-Sensors/Retina
      • A low-power CMOS silicon retina for feature extraction in real-time, embedded systems
      • The idea is to develop new "smart" optical sensors apt to process the image as well as acquiring it.
      • This approach is useful for number of different possible applications ranging from automotive, surveillance and mobile systems, where the need for complex image processing tasks (recognition, classification, segmentation) is joined to a lack of computation capabilities and power supply.

    • On-Chip detection of biomolecular processes
      • DNA Hybridization technology: the most used technique to detect the structure of DNA is based on fluorescence labels read through UV lights.
      • Equipments at the state of the art use as substrate a DNA chip able to control/drive the hybridization to obtain selectivity and reliability
      • The goal of this research is to sense directly the presence of hybridization


  • Reconfigurable Architectures
    • The first goal of this research is the development of a new reconfigurable architecture for general signal processing tasks in mobile multimedia platforms
    • The proposed architecture is fully synchronous and is composed of three main parts: a configuration memory which holds configuration bits, an intyerface which manages the transfer of control from the processor to the coprocessor and the coprocessor core, which executes the dominant processing kernels


  • Decentralized Distributed VLSI Systems
    • "[....] swarm intelligence offers an alternative way of designing "intelligent" systems in which autonomy, emergence, and distributed functioning replace control, preprogramming and centralization."
    • The goal of this research is to investigate the applicability of Swarm intelligence paradigm to VLSI digital processing, to exploit its most important properties. Particularily we consider very interesting the lightness of distributed control strategies that we want to apply to the government of a cooperative set of interacting hardware agents able to perform arithmetic operations


  • Networks-On-Chip
    • Novel On-Chip interconnection architecture paradigm which manages to overcame the scalabity problems of traditional bus based architecture
    • Packet Based, distributed control, modular interconnect architecture


EOLAB contribution to SHAPES project

EOLAB contribution to the SHAPES project stems mainly around the development of the On-Chip Routing Fabric, that will be based on the Network-on-Chip paradigm.

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-- PierPaolucci - 28 Feb 2006

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