Power Electronics for Portable Systems

This Research Unit consists of personnel from the Power Electronics Laboratory and from the Sensors and Microsystems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering of University of Pavia.
This Unit has significant expertise in the design of power electronic converters both discrete and integrated, of integrated sensors and microsystems. It also exploited devices based on piezoelectric material in the energy conversion processes. This research activity is documented by several patents and more than 100 papers at international conferences or on scientific journals (2002-2005). Moreover, in the last five years more than 10 integrated circuits have been successfully developed. The Unit participated to several European and National Projects. For the design of integrated circuits and microsystems, the Unit has access to all of the most modern simulation, layout and verification CAD tools (CADENCE, MENTOR, SYNOPSYS), as well as the Design Kits of the silicon foundries which offer MPW services within EUROPRACTICE and CMP.
For the characterization of integrated circuits and microsystems, the Unit has access, together with the other Units, to modern instrumentation, such as logic analyzers, pattern generators, spectrum and network analyzers, oscilloscopes, clock and signal sources, power supplies. Moreover, the software LABVIEW for remote control of instrumentation is available.
This Unit, besides in the project coordination and management (Task 0.1) as well as in the dissemination of results (Task 0.2) within Work Package 0, will be mainly involved in the activities foreseen in Tasks 1.1 and 1.9 within Work Package 1. This activity foresees the study, the design, the implementation and the experimental characterization of power supply systems, both conventional and based on energy scavenging. (Task 1.9), as well as the study, the design, the implementation and the experimental characterization of integrated sensors and microsystems (Task 1.1). These activities will be carried out in strict cooperation with Unit 1.
Moreover, this Unit will be involved in the activity foreseen in Task 2,2 within Work Package 2, which will lead to the development of an “autonomous” integrated microsystem “autonomous” from the energetic point of view with on-board also a wireless communication system (transceiver). This activity will be carried out in cooperation with Units 1 and 3.

Enrico Dallago (coordinator)
Piero Malcovati