SOD-4 Senior Mixed Signal PMIC Silicon Designer for Ultra Low Power Systems
Contract: Full-time/ Fixed Term
Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading centres in ICT research and development. It hosts over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff. It has a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide. Tyndall performs breakthrough research in photonics, electronics, micro/nano-technology and smart systems to deliver innovative solutions in the communications, energy, medtech, biopharma, agricultural and the environmental sectors.
Tyndall is host to both the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC) and the Enterprise Ireland/IDA Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI). MCCI’s mission is to carry out industry-led world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF integrated circuit research and to deliver trained people and IP to industry. MCCI is already collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland.
Tyndall Micro-Nano-Systems Circuits Group, in conjunction with MCCI, wishes to offer an eighteen-month fixed-term research and development role in the area of mixed signal control system design and implementation on CMOS, for integration with our ultra-low-power energy harvesting PMIC platform.
The role primarily involves modelling, design and simulation of mixed-signal control systems to maximise energy transduction from a range of µW-level ambient energy harvester types including PV, TEG, and Piezo Vibrational, into both energy storage devices and into regulated system voltages. The control systems will be developed for Tyndall’s ultra-low power buck-boost power conversion IC platform. The IC will be the central controller for technology show-case designs such as highly integrated energy-source-in-package, eSiP. The designs are to be a basis for next generation energy-harvesting or ultra-long life battery powered smart-sensor nodes, as might be appropriate for IoT or Body-Wearable application.
Multi-disciplinary and multi-domain models for the various harvester types will be created in Matlab/Simulink. Linear Time Invariant (LTI) controllers will be developed to implement voltage, current, power and energy control loops for the above harvester types around averaged models for the switch mode converter feeding into both super-capacitor and battery storage devices. The control systems developed will be predominantly implemented as asynchronous Verilog RTL and will be synthesised as digital state-machine blocks on 180 nm CMOS IC.
The role might suit a control designer who enjoys multi-disciplinary theoretical analysis and will contribute to the group’s research publications.
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