Research into all aspects of microelectronics design, from the development of novel designs to research into design tools, processes and design automation.
Research into all aspects of microelectronics design, from the development of novel designs to research into design tools, processes and design automation. This research area includes:
- managing complexity in design, integration, verification and test on-chip
- design combining analogue and digital components
- development of design tools or technologies – for example, synthesis, simulation, optimisation and reconfigurable hardware.
This strategy recognises the importance of microelectronics design as a key enabling technology and an area of UK strength and importance.
Researchers should continue to develop new technology to manage system complexity (including reactive systems), alongside developing novel approaches to limit and reduce power consumption.
We aim to have:
- researchers forming new collaborations with those in the Architectures and operating systems and Programming languages and compilers areas, in response to developments in neuromorphic and heterogeneous computing, as well as in memristor technology and embedded systems – which are expected to generate new challenges for microelectronics design
- researchers making contributions to EPSRC’s cross-information and communications technologies (ICT) priorities of Future Intelligent Technologies, Safe and Secure ICT and Data Enabled Decision Making, through their work on system security, reliability and performance
- researchers contributing to the development of disruptive technologies in a wide range of application areas (such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy) and continuing to engage strongly with industry.
Fully addressing many of these challenges will require ambitious cross-disciplinary proposals bringing together researchers from a variety of areas, as described in the cross-disciplinarity and co-creation cross-ICT priority.
We will continue to monitor research training provision and the development of future leaders in this area, to ensure these reflect academic and industrial needs.