Data, Facts, History
In 1989, the Multi Project Chip Group (MPC) was founded by 13 Engineering Schools, now Universities of Applied Sciences of Baden Württemberg, which have electronics design in their curriculum. Emphasis of the MPC Group organization is to provide the Universities with software, computer equipment for microelectronic design and a path to real silicon prototypes. In the beginning fabrication and prototyping of first silicon chips has been enabled by own contracts to companies as Telefunken or IMS Stuttgart. Later the European project of EUROCHIP and the successor Europractice managed this path to prototyping.
Main interest of the MPC group is until today:
- Education in Microelectronics and IC Design
- Paving away to Silicon, real ICs, real problems
- Have an access to actual processes and device libraries
- Working and teaching on industrial CAE Equipment
- Using actual high level EDA/CAE tools
- Keeping and developing technical knowledge and intercommunicating this in the group by organizing and conducting courses on IC design
- Synthesis on FPGA (mostly XILINX) and for prototyping of digital ASICs
- Mutual assistance and help in running soft- and hardware
- Knowhow and technology transfer to industrial companies in the framework of bachelor or master thesis or research projects
Today the MPC Group has more than 50 members at 13 Universities of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg (Aalen, Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Esslingen, Furtwangen, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Offenburg, Pforzheim, Ravensburg, Reutlingen, Ulm).
The MPC group organizes own workshops two times a year. The Solid-State Circuits Society Chapter of the IEEE Germany Section is the cooperating organization of these workshops.
More than 1500 students per year are educated in Microelectronics and IC Design by the members of the MPC Group. Since 1989 more than 100 silicon chip designs have been implemented and fabricated in the MPC Group in the framework of bachelor or master thesis and research projects (also in cooperation with industrial companies).