The Department of Information Engineering at University of Pisa (UNIPISA)

The Department of Information Engineering has about 90 Faculty and Staff members (including Full, Associate and Assistant Professors, as well as support Staff), who pursue research work in the fields of Electronics, Computer Engineering and Telecommunications, with financial support from the MIUR (Italian Ministry for the University and Research), from national and international public funding agencies CNR, ESA, EU-commission and from the private sector.

The VLSI Systems Group at the Department of Information Engineering

The VLSI systems group activities are focused on both basic and applied research in the fields of design, development and testing of VLSI systems. The experience gained since 1983 allows the VLSI systems group to master a seamless design flow from high level system specifications down to hardware/software prototyping and testing. The area of expertise spans from high frequency and signal conditioning analog front-ends to base-band signal processing and hardware/software co-design. A large number of components have been designed and realized with advanced CMOS, BCMOS and SIGE processes. Specialized high voltage and radiation tolerant CMOS technologies have also be exploited. In order to leverage this expertise, the group has set-up a flexible IP design strategy in order to ease IP re-use and integration in complex embedded systems.

The main applications areas are in the field of:

  • Wireline and wireless communications
  • Satellite communications
  • Networking: Spacewire, Networks on Chip
  • Low power signal processing systems (image, audio, video)
  • Mixed-signal systems for generic sensor interface
  • Automotive electronics

The development of some of these systems was possible thanks to the close collaboration with the Microelectronic Systems Division of Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR-TEAM) whose facilities are available for joint research projects.

Most of these activities have been carried out in collaboration with industries and research institutions at national and European level.

The group organizes each year international workshops on the above research subjects. During 2006 the group organized the following workshops:

The Contribution of the VLSI Systems Group to SHAPES

Our contribution to the SHAPES project, in close collaboration with STMicroelectronics (Grenoble, France) and University of Cagliari, is focused on the development of the Network-on-Chip building blocks such as Routers and Network Interfaces. The Network-On-Chip is a Novel On-Chip interconnection architecture paradigm which aims at overcoming the scalability problems of traditional shared bus communication architectures.

People involved in the project:

  • M. Casula, Ph.D. student
  • I. Del Corona, Contractor
  • L. Fanucci, Associate Professor
  • N. E. L'Insalata, Ph.D. student
  • E. Petri, Ph.D. student
  • S. Saponara, Assistant Professor
  • F. Vitullo, Ph.D. student
Topic revision: r10 - 2007-11-13 - 20:34:13 - NicolaLinsalata
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