Electrical and Computer Engineering

circuit boardThe Electrical and Computer Engineering department at FIU has (among others) an E-DATES lab (Electronic Design Automation Tools and Embedded Systems or VLSI lab), which is headed by our collaborator, Jeffery Fan, and a Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility (NanoLab).

The VLSI lab is classified under Elite institutions in terms of the Mentor Graphics Higher Education Program. The software package contains a wide range of tools for every level of production: Design, Verification and Testing, including IC Nanometer Design module for schematic capture, physical layout, floor planning, interconnect routing, simulator, verification, and extraction, plus PCB PADS, PCB Expedition, PCB Board Station, etc. The available processes are IBM, TSMC, ON Semi, Austriamicrosystems, Globalfoundries, and Peregrine through MOSIS services. Major equipment includes:

  • Logic analyzers
  • Scopes
  • Functional generators
  • Power supplies
  • Emulators
  • Xilinx FPGA

nanotechnologyThe NanoLab provides nanofabrication, analytical instrumentation, materials characterization and process-development facilities, including Class 10,000 and Class 100 clean rooms, focused ion-beam patterning, e-beam lithography and optical photolithography, with capability of fabrication of nano/micro electromechanical systems (N/MEMS) accomplished by a combination of nanolithography, reactive ion etching and thin-film deposition. Major equipment includes:

  • Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM)
  • 200 kev Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Four x-ray diffractometers
  • Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, DMA, dilatometer, flash diffusion)
  • Mechanical testing (uniaxial/biaxial Instron, creep)
  • Thermal processing (air, vacuum, hydrogen, controlled atmosphere furnaces)
  • Bio-analytical system