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The complexity and rapidly changing nature of modern microelectronics design makes it technically difficult and prohibitively expensive for many individual universities and research institutes to keep up date with the latest electronics design tools and methodologies.

The Microelectronics Support Centre offers European academia a wide range of services which have been designed to help academic institutes adopt the latest design methods available to industry and to pioneer new techniques for the future through their research. These services include technical consultancy, the provision of design flow based training courses and access to industry leading design tools through the Centre's Europractice Software Service.

To support the range of different microelectronics applications being used by European academia we offer these services for a wide range of different industry leading tool packages including:

  • Digital, analogue and mixed-signal system design
  • High-level design and system-on-a-chip (SoC & SoPC)
  • Embedded systems (hardware/software co-design)
  • ESL tools, methodologies and access to IP blocks
  • System design, for implementation in:
  • ASIC and FPGA
  • Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)
  • System-in-Package (SiP)
  • Microsystems, MEMS and Microfluidics
  • Technology CAD (TCAD)
  • Synchronous and Asnychronous design methodologies

We offer support through two key services:

The Europractice Service

EUROPRACTICE is an EC initiative to provide European academic institutions with state of the art Design Tools, Programmable Platforms and access to IC fabrication technologies. This enables academia to easily adopt new design techniques and technologies in their research and training programmes and produce highly trained graduates for European industry. We manage the Europractice Design Tool and Programmable Platform service.

Microelectronics Support Centre Training Courses

We offer a number of training courses covering key microelectronic technologies. These courses focus on design methodologies, providing a solid foundation in understanding the key steps required in designing and implementing your project, whilst also giving you the opportunity to update your skills on the latest versions of design tools.

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