Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory (MICL)
University of Michigan
Welcome to the MICL
Moore’s Law continues to push semiconductor manufacturing capabilities forward at an exponential pace. Integrated circuits, and systems built using them, are at the heart of the enduring micro- and nanoelectronics revolution. Circuit design advances enable research in key areas of societal interest, including health care, the environment, and energy. The Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory (MICL) brings together researchers with expertise in a range of circuit and system design issues, with particular emphasis on building pioneering demonstration systems in exciting application areas.
What We Do
MICL faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan are investigating very-large scale integrated (VLSI) digital circuits, analog and mixed-signal circuits, wireless/radio-frequency (RF) circuits, as well as sensing systems built out of these components. Supplementing this fundamental circuit design research, they participate in numerous major research centers, which often have a large system-building (testbed) component. Participation in these research centers, funded by NSF, NIST, DARPA, and the Army among others, allows MICL faculty to interact with application researchers as well as experts in other engineering domains. Applications of particular focus include implantable medical devices, as well as energy harvesting based systems offering perpetual operation.
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World’s Smallest Computer
As computing devices progress toward smaller and more efficient designs, Michigan Engineers have taken the lead in millimeter sized units that can perform on many alternating platforms. Dennis Sylvester and David Blaauw have developed units capable of harvesting solar power to utilize wireless communication, pressure and temperature sensors and even still image and video processing.
Powering the Internet of Things
Imagine a gym shirt that tells an app your body temp and heart rate, or could alert you before an asthma attack happens. What if your plant fertilizer reminded your cell phone when it was time to water? The Internet of Things, and Prof. David Wentzloff, will soon make things like this a reality. )