Message from the Director
The Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) is focused on all aspects
of integrated system design and manufacturing that spans from network-on-a-chip
architectures to self-adaptable analog and digital circuits, to ultra low-power
nano devices, bio chips, and the CAD methodologies that enable them. Our 18
faculty researchers span several Carnegie Mellon departments that include Electrical & Computer
Engineering, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. Currently, the center
has over 80 graduate students working in or across various areas that include manufacturing, circuits, systems and
other emerging technologies. Founded in 2000, CSSI builds on over 25
years of experience in the electronic design automation industry that began
with a sustaining grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Today
our research is supported by the U.S. government, various consortiums and industry.
We have active research collaborations with dozens of companies and institutions
from all over the world and graduates from the center are well positioned in
both industry and academia. We encourage you to explore our website and to
identify areas of potential engagement as either a new industrial affiliate
or student researcher.
CSSI is housed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Hammerschlag Hall and enjoys
state-of-the-art compute, conference and office facilities.
- Manufacturing - This area focuses on the process and product design
for the newest technology nodes, i.e., 45nm and below, in which optical lithography
is reaching fundamental limits. The goal is to optimize multiple objectives
such as performance, leakage, power dissipation and finally yield and reliability.
New approaches to ensure manufacturability by co-optimizing device design,
layout and manufacturing process, and test/diagnosis are being investigated.
- Circuits -This area focuses on the design, optimization and implementation
of the next generation of analog, RF, mixed-signal and digital integrated
circuits. The goal is to provide solutions for the every increasing need
for higher integration, and higher performance while at the same time addressing
the challenges presented by modern nanometer CMOS processes, in particular
higher leakage power and device variation.
- Systems - This area focuses on tools and design methodologies for
modeling, analysis, and optimization of critical design constraints (performance,
power, reliability, etc.) at the system and architecture level. With the
increased need for addressing challenges due to more on-chip complexity,
communication and power costs, and design variability, new design aids are
essential very early in the design process. Research in this area targets
scalable performance, power and reliability modeling, and associated novel
design paradigms for dealing with on-chip communication, power management,
and variability-aware design.
- Emerging - This area focuses on the fabrication technologies and
design methodologies for emerging areas that take advantage of the classical
deposit-pattern-etch cycles inherent to integrated circuit manufacturing.
A wide range of technologies are being investigated ranging from nano-technologies
such as molecular transistor based circuits and spin-based devices and circuits
to multi-physics devices and circuits such as those found in MEMS, electro-chemical
applications, biochips and lab-on-chip devices.