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VIRTUS – Exploring innovative IC Design


VIRTUS 60GHz project 

VIRTUS, the IC design centre of Excellence is jointly funded by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Since its inception five years ago, the centre has received strong support from the industry with close collaboration with leading IC Design companies in Singapore and as well as with universities worldwide.

Our goal is to provide a good foundation in a leading-edge research and educational environment for design of efficient integrated circuits and systems to support the increasingly large demand from Singapore electronics industry, to foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and culture among engineers in Singapore, and ultimately, demonstrate significant contributions to Singapore’s future economic growth.

With our goal in mind, we aim to take the IC design engineering a step forward. We will focus on major design challenges for future cutting-edge energy-efficient ICs and systems on chips. Such advanced but low-cost and affordable systems will be the key enablers for a host of emerging technologies in various sectors, such as healthcare, safety/security, energy production, automotive, mobile communication, robotic, entertainment, smart homes, industry automation and control, and much more centering around the Internet of Things (IoT). 

This requires a multi-disciplinary research environment, with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skill to develop innovative circuit techniques and system solutions, allowing low-power, low-cost integration of analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency circuits, combined with advanced digital signal processors and various types of sensors and sensor networks, like the ones needed for remote wireless sensor nodes (WSN), where energy harvesting or scavenging with nano-Watt power management are needed.

VIRTUS has skillful and experienced faculty members, researchers and graduate research students, state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, professional management and administration, as well as a strong network with major semiconductor fab and fabless companies in Singapore and worldwide. In this context, we warmly welcome new industry or university partners for long-term and effective research collaborations.

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