The continuous shrinking of transistor channel lengths to less than 10 nm today has undoubtedly led integrated circuits technology revolution to enter into a new era of art and science but at the same time there is a growing need to address complicated issues like deep-submicron non-ideal effects in CMOS, precise transistor modeling, interconnect, signal integrity, low-power and low-voltage design, leakage management, impact of PVT variations on timing and robustness.
MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) has its technological roots in IC fabrication technology, but involves some novel fabrication techniques such as bulk/surface micromatching, deep dry etching of silicon, LIGA etc. MEMS technology is now clearly perceived as a generic technology that can enable and/or enhance many systems for sensors/actuators, optical networking, telecommunication, micromirror array for projection display and wireless sensor networks etc.
The School of Telecommunications & IT in UET, Taxila has taken an initiative to become part of 21st century IC/MEMS design revolution by establishing Institute of Applied Technologies IC/MEMS Design Centre whose sole purpose is to prepare the students for digital, analog/mixed-signal and RF integrated circuit design and MEMS design with a strong technical emphasis on both the theory and practice. At the moment, selected courses are offered to students but the future plan is to extend this program to HEC recognized full-time Masters program in the field of IC/MEMS design.