Research center elevates electronics
Small-scale systems make modern life easier. Did you use a cell phone today? Have you checked your e- mail? Maybe you’ve watched a video on a mobile device or tested your blood sugar. Without small-scale electronics, such conveniences would be nonexistent.
Binghamton University’s Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) conducts research to advance this vital technology. “S3IP is about developing products and applications that improve the way people live their lives,” Director Bahgat Sammakia says. “It’s that simple. That’s our goal.”
Small-scale systems are electronic systems with features built at the microscale or even smaller. “These are difficult to construct, but also extremely useful,” says Sammakia, a former IBM engineer who is also vice president for research at Binghamton. “When you can build electronic systems at that scale, you can put much more function in a much smaller volume and weight. So your phone now can do what a supercomputer could do three decades ago. That’s where scale becomes really important, when you can have more function in a smaller space at lower power.
“We decided to focus on small-scale systems because that’s where the future is.
”S3IP, established 10 years ago, builds on Binghamton’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), founded in 1991. The IEEC focuses on electronics packaging. Since then, S3IP has added to its portfolio of research interests. It now boasts centers that address:
• Flexible electronics: The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM)
• Solar energy: The Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP)
• “Green” data centers: The Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2)
It also has three unique, multiuser laboratories that support this work:
• The Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL), which offers state-of-the-art instrumentation for electron microscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray analysis, surface and interface analysis and more
• The Nanofabrication Laboratory (NLAB), which focuses on nano-scale research
• The Reliability and Failure Analysis Lab, a facility focused on evaluating reliability of electronic packaging and determination of failure modes
Read more in the latest edition of Binghamton Research