In research and teaching the Institute for Electronics Engineering (LTE) deals with circuit and system techniques for the realization of microelectronic systems for both wireless and wired communication and sensing for a multitude of applications in the areas of mobile radio, radar, automotive technologies, medical systems, sensors, logistics (RFID) and multimedia production (PMSE).
Circuit design, RF microwaves, communications, transmit/receive techniques, radar, semiconductor technologies, microsystem technologies, antennas as well as digital signal processing, artificial intelligence and software are the enablers for the conceptioning and realization of microelectronic systems.
The optimization of the performance and the integration level of circuits and systems for frequencies from DC up to over 300 GHz, the minimization of the current consumption and the fabrication costs, the complicance with standards, regulations and protocols, and often also the application in harsh environments are major research topics. According to the increasing integration levels (More Moore and More than Moore) LTE deals also with research in the area of a proper analog-/digital partitioning of microelectronic systems.
The LTE is enaged in several engineering curricula of the FAU such as EEI, IuK, CME, MECH, MT and WING on bachelor as well as on master level. Due to its breadths of research, LTE is attractive for many students of different curricula.
The LTE covers most of its research within third party-granted projects. These are either government-funded (DFG, BMBF, BMWi, Free State of Bavaria etc.) or directly funded by industry. Here, the LTE cooperates with internationally operating companies and research institutes being active in the semiconductor, automotive, medical, automation and communications sectors.
The LTE is also partner in major regional research activities such as the Medical Valley cluster, the Energy Campus Nürnberg project or the Center for Electronic Systems (LZE).
The LTE is well networked in the relevant engineering community and also helps students to connect with companies and research institutes for internships and student theses as well as phd students to initiate research visits inland or abroad.
LTE’s two professors, Robert Weigel and Georg Fischer, introduce their experience with industry into it’s research. The LTE is organized within six research groups led by postdocs and senior scientists. LTE has about 70 staff members, about 20% of whom are financed by the Bavarian government and 80% by third party grants which are between about 3 to 5 million Euros per year.
Because of its sucessful publication activities including publication at highly renowned conferences and workshops and in high-caliber journals, some times decorated with prizes and awards, the LTE is highly visible in the international scientific community.
LTE’s laboratories are well and modernly equipped concerning design, simulation, realization and experimental characterization of electronic circuits and systems up to over 320 GHz and also in the implementation of algorithms; high-technology processes are used in cooperation with it‘s partners. At LTE, junior scientists, academic new blood and students find an excellent research environment.
Concerning exploitation of it‘s research results, a considerable number of patent applications is filed. Moreover, several start-up companies like eesy-ic, dealing with IC design, have been spun off.
The outgoing young doctors and masters are highly welcome in industry, many of them can refer to excellent professional careers, and a considerable number of them is meanwhile a professor at an university or at an university of applied science.