Moore's Law continues to push semiconductor manufacturing capabilities forward at an exponential pace. Integrated circuits, and systems built using them, are at the heart of the enduring micro- and nanoelectronics revolution. Circuit design advances enable research in key areas of societal interest, including health care, the environment, and energy. The Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory (MICL) brings together researchers with expertise in a range of circuit and system design issues, with particular emphasis on building pioneering demonstration systems in exciting application areas.
MICL faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan are investigating very-large scale integrated (VLSI) digital circuits, analog and mixed-signal circuits, wireless/radio-frequency (RF) circuits, as well as sensing systems built out of these components. Supplementing this fundamental circuit design research, they participate in numerous major research centers, which often have a large system-building (testbed) component. Participation in these research centers, funded by NSF, NIST, DARPA, and the Army among others, allows MICL faculty to interact with application researchers as well as experts in other engineering domains. Applications of particular focus include implantable medical devices, as well as energy harvesting based systems offering perpetual operation.
CubeWorks was founded in 2013 to make next-generation millimeter-scale computing available today. The company's origins come from the Michigan Micro Mote (M3) initiative, a project from the University of Michigan seeking to push the frontiers of computing.