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The Microelectronics Laboratory (Microlab) of the College of Engineering and Technology (COET) of the Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), officially established and operational in December 2010 through the DOST funded EYE-C Program Project lead by UP-Diliman professors, is an integrated circuits (IC) design learning hub in Southern Philippines. The Microlab is equipped with industry-standard IC design Cadence and Synopsys tools. These design software suites include tools for the design, layout, and verification of integrated circuits. It can also cater a platform for both cell-based and full-custom content speeds, complex chip design, and integration tasks that can keep up with the challenges and demands of today’s nanometer technology.

The laboratory's primary mission is to establish a niche for IC design in the southern part of the country, making the Mindanao region visible and attractive to local and international IC design companies as a domestic source of promising young graduates in the field of chip design, layout and verification. Moreover, as a university-learning hub in IC design in the region, it is committed in promoting and propagating its microelectronics program to other universities in the Mindanao area. Thus, several IC training sets have been conducted so far to 12 partner universities in the region, shown in Fig.1.

Figure 1. University partners in IC design training
Figure 2. µC-IC: Microcontroller with power management and energy harvesting for WSN/IoT development.

Being the pioneer of research activities in developing IC design capabilities in Southern Philippines, the laboratory is fervently committed in producing a globally competitive IC design and layout engineers to boost the Philippine semiconductor and IC design industry. Building upon the successes from its inception, the Microlab took a significant leap towards designing a system-on-chip (SoC) solution for the development of custom WSN/IoT devices. Thus, capacitating the laboratory to design and develop a microcontroller, power management, and energy harvesting onto an integrated-single chip, shown in Fig. 2.

Over the years, it has been promoting innovation and awareness in microelectronics IC design in Mindanao by offering courses and training that will enhance and provide advanced skills to aspiring IC design and layout engineers in the region. As a result, the Microelectronics Laboratory has produced more highly-skilled engineering graduates to answer the increasing demand for professionals with a strong background and skillset in IC design.

written by: Jefferson Hora, PhD
MSU-IIT Microlab Head


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