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Electronincs and CAD Lab

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The electronic engineering labs permit the design and the experimental validation of full-custom IC microchips and electronic systems in general with diverse packaging technology.
The CADLAB is an ICT laboratory which runs on dedicated servers, that shares roomspace with the Electronics Lab, and permits the design of integrated circuits using dedicated Electronics Design Automation tools, with remote accessibility. Chip fabrication is effected through the Europractice consortium, which IIT@Polito is a member. The ELECTRONICS LAB has soldering facilities, micropositioning instrumentation, and microviewers for chip soldering and inspection, very low frequency, very low current and RF test instrumentation, for frequency and time domain characterizations.

Using the facilities of the CADLAB and the ELECTRONICS LAB, engineers can validate digital designs using Linux boards, e.g., Arduino or FPGA evalutaion kits, for statistical circuit-level characterizations (e.g. bit-error rate or read-out circuits sensitivity). For the RF systems validation, for instance, an Agilent DPO9404A permits 4GHz time-domain measurements, while RF spectrum is measured with a Tektronix RSA3408B real-time spectrum analyzer. RF signals are generated though custom ICs and with a R&S SMB100A 12GHz RF signal generator.

The ELECTRONICS LAB, moreover, has ultra-low current and impedance characterization features for advanced nanostructured devices, e.g., a Keithley 6430 remote sourcemeter and an Agilent 4294A impedance-meter.

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