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IHP - Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics/
Institut fuer Innovative Mikroelektronik

IHP Frankfurt (Oder)
Wireless Communication Systems

Im Technologiepark 25
D-15236 Frankfurt (Oder)
Tel: +49 (0)335 5625 0
Fax +49 (0)335 5625 300

The IHP has a team of 204 R&D professionals with core competence in micro-electronics: process technology, circuit design, and systems. As a member institute of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Society, the core funding comes from the German Federal Government and the State Government of Brandenburg.

The institute aims to establish the area of East-Brandenburg as a high-tech region and to create jobs through innovation. Therefore IHP uses its R&D to enhance the competitiveness of German and European businesses and works closely with the Federal and State Governments to attract international companies to the region.

The institute is focussed on developing innovative solutions for wireless communication, particularly in the 5-80 GHz range. Its expertise ranges from system prototyping and circuit design to the implementation and optimisation of protocol stacks and the development of system-enabling CMOS-compatible technology modules. The IHP is focused on wireless communication with an emphasis on integrated solutions, building on European strengths to enhance leadership in rapidly growing areas. Within the Systems Department asynchronous circuit techniques are considered an enabling and supporting technology for "Systems on Chip" solutions. In particular the EMC properties and the potential to save energy make asynchronous and GALS circuits promising candidates for implementing functions of the physical layer.

Currently, the IHP has joint R&D projects with over 30 companies. In December 1999 the institute has moved into a new building and has now one of the most modern infrastructures in Europe. This includes a clean-room with 0.25um and recent 0.13um high-speed BiCMOS technology.

Internally, IHP is establishing a culture that rewards excellence and risk-taking. This includes the use of rigorous benchmarking, portfolio analysis, and accomplishment reviews to measure the IHP results against the best. Most importantly, the IHP nurtures cross-disciplinary customer-focused teamwork. This customer driven activity culture is motivated by the fact that IHP's scientific peers judge its excellence, but its value is determined by the customers.

Key Persons in the Project

Milos Krstic received the Dr-Ing. degree in electronics from Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany in 2006. Since 2001 he has been with IHP Microelectronics, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, as a Research Associate in the Wireless Communication Systems Department. For the last few years, his work was mainly focused on low power digital design for wireless applications and globally-asynchronous locally-synchronous (GALS) methodologies for digital systems integration. His work was followed with more than 35 publications and 4 patent applications mainly in the area of GALS design and its application to the wireless communication area.

Eckhard Grass received the Dr.-Ing. degree in electronics from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 1992. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Loughborough University, U.K., from 1993 to 1995, and a Senior Lecturer in Microelectronics at the University of Westminster, London, U.K., from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999, he has been with IHP GmbH, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, leading a number of projects on the implementation of wireless broadband communication systems in the 5 GHz and 60 GHz bands. Since 2004, Dr. Grass is within the IHP, leader of a project on the development and implementation of a 60 GHz high data rate communication system. In this context asynchronous design techniques are being investigated and their potential advantages within the baseband processing are currently evaluated. E. Grass has registered four patents and published a number of papers - mainly in the areas of circuits for Wireless Communications and asynchronous circuit design.

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