The research activity of the Department is mainly related to the multiphysical, especially thermal, electro-thermal issues in electronics, micro and nanoelectronics as well as microsystems. Furthermore the our R&D activity covers the design flow from high level to layout design. The clean-room facility of the department gives the basis of photovoltaic research. Regarding the electro-thermal research activity our department is one of the best known research centers worldwide. Some of our R&D results represents the state-of-the-art of that field. Our world-wide reputation in this field was fostered by participation in many international projects. We are proud to get founding with partners like IBM Resarch Laboratories, Philips Research, ST Microelectronics, NXP and Infineon where all the listed partners will exploit the research results of our department. The research staff of the department actively participated in thethermal design and construction of the first Hungarian satellite MASAT-1 in 2012. The department is one of the main organizer of the THERMINIC conferences. There are numerous papers published by the staff of the department in this field.
The main results of research in the fields covered by the department's portfolio are as follows:
Thermal Transient Testing
Method and equipments are developed by the department. The key features of the method: generate thermal metrics of packaged devices (as well as packaged MEMS devices), study structural integrity by means of a non-destructive method and identify material properties and create simulation models directly from measurement results.
Thermal and electro-thermal simulation and characterization of MEMS devices
Thermal simulation is used to find out temperature distribution in all kinds of systems, which cover the following MEMS related applications: simulation of chip surface temperature distribution or investigation of MEMS thermal properties. A really new research area of the department is the thermal investigation of microfluidic devices, as well as lab-on-a-chip systems. Promising results show that our well experienced methods of MEMS thermal characterization can be performed for microfluidic devices.
The research team of the department consists of altogether about 30 researchers, post-docs and PhD students.