DFG Research Group "Multiphysical Synthesis and Integration of Complex High-Frequency Circuits - MUSIC

The aim of the MUSIC research group is to incorporate the functional properties of microelectromechanical systems at high frequencies in a multiphysical synthesis and integration of complex high-frequency circuits by amplifying, controlling, oscillating, switching consistently and consistently. The combination and abstract description of microelectronic and micromechanical properties at the component, assembly, circuit and system level will open up a new type of circuit technology that will raise the focus of RF-MEMS research on technology and individual elements to an application-oriented system level. In the first phase of the runtime, MUSIC combines the advantages of the previously separately researched worlds of microelectronics and micromechanics. In the second phase, MUSIC will create the basis for a new RF microelectromechanics world that includes the aspects of multiphysical circuit synthesis, design and implementation.

Project duration: 2012 to 2018

Subproject "Model and System Design

The goal of the sub-project "Model and System Design" is to achieve a largely consistent modelling of the multiphysical RF-MEMS circuits (MEMS/mechanics and microelectronics) in order to achieve a holistic analysis and simulation as well as a design in terms of an optimal layout and tuning of the system components (goal: MEMS radio). In doing so, continuity in both directions on or between different hierarchical levels is of fundamental importance, bottom-up for modeling and simulation, as well as top-down for the design. Thus, a further goal is to use modern EDA methods and tools and to adapt and extend them to the new requirements.

Field of activity Development of a holistic design process for heterogeneous systems Modelling of MEMS devices using AMS behaviour description languages Generation of simplified behaviour models for bottom-up verification Design of various circuits (LNA, bandgap) in IC circuit technology

Contact person: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Sommer

You can find more information at www.tu-ilmenau.de/musik.


Basic technologies for autonomous industrial 4.0 compliant sensor/actuator systems

Green-ISAS researches new methods and technologies to expand sensor/actuator systems into autonomous industrial 4.0 components.

High-performance, intelligent and at the same time energy-autonomous sensor/actuator systems are a key to a wide range of industrial 4.0 applications. In Green-ISAS, broadly applicable basic solutions are researched and developed.

The developed design and test methods as well as modular hardware and software components are to serve as technological base modules. The combination of these basic modules will enable an efficient design, construction, testing and operation of future application-oriented solutions.

Approaches for high intrinsic intelligence, networking and energy self-sufficiency are combined in a novel way and validated by means of two demonstrators. For this purpose, research aspects of microelectronics and mechatronics are fundamentally combined with information technology.

A holistic view of the sensor/actuator systems and the interaction of their components will allow the overcoming of technological barriers of individual system elements.


Main areas of research: CMOS-based ultra-low power smart sensors, passive long-range UHF RFID front-ends, electromagnetic micro-energy harvesters, hardware and software solutions for adaptive and distributed energy management in sensor/actuator systems.


Funding: Supported by the Free State of Thuringia from funds of the European Social Fund under the number 2016 FGR 0055.

Contact person: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Sommer

Duration: 2016 - 2018

Partner: IMMS Institute for Microelectronic and Mechatronic Systems