Universität Ulm (UULM), Germany
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Hermann Schumacher

Universität Ulm is a public research university founded in 1967 and located in Ulm, Germany. The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science was set up in 1989 and has 40 professor positions, out of which 20 are in Engineering Science.

Its research groups have special strengths in micro- and optoelectronics (3 professor positions), microwaves (3 professor positions) and telecommunications (3 professor positions). In these areas, especially close ties exist with the surrounding industry, such as Daimler AG, Nokia, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Ubidyne, and EADS.

The Institute of Electron Devices and Circuits has 35 scientific, technical and administrative staff members distributed into two groups - semiconductor devices technology and high-speed analogue circuits. The latter group, headed by Professor Schumacher, will participate in this project. His staff specializes in Si/SiGe-based multifunctional ICs with the following foci: impulse-radio ultra-wideband frontends (3-10 GHz), reconfigurable micro- and millimeter-wave ICs including RFMEMS,  and frontends for ultra-high-speed short-range communication (57-64 GHz). Other activities include design for high-frequency microsystems using RF-MEMS, IPD, and LTCC technologies, as well as investigation of GaN heterostructure devices for microwave power applications.

The group led the FP5 IST project ARTEMIS, where they demonstrated the first fully monolithic receiver for 24 GHz using Si/SiGe HBTs, on-chip integration of antennas at 24 GHz, as well as the combination of membrane-supported planar antennas with SiGe using wafer-level packaging. In FP6, the group was a key player in the Network of Excellence AMICOM, the European Network of Excellence on RF-MEMS and RF Microsystems, and participated in the IP RFPLATFORM, where the group led three work packages. In FP7, the group participates in the STREP FLEXWIN, where it leads the circuit design activity.

In national and industrial projects, the group gained experience in the design of multi-functional Si-based and GaAs-MMICs in a wide range of frequencies (0.4-100 GHz).


Resources: The facilities at UULM include a fully equipped Microwave CAD: ADS, Ansoft, CST-Studio, HFSS, Momentum and IE3D. Measurements (VNA's) and analysis: 10 MHz – 110 GHz, microelectronic probing: 10 MHz - 110 GHz, and anechoic antenna chamber for freq. >1 GHz


Prof. Hermann Schumacher obtained his doctorate in engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 1986, and joined UULM in 1990 after 4 years with Bell Communication Research (Bellcore), Red Bank NJ. He is at present a full professor. Dr. Schumacher was the coordinator of the FP4 Training and Mobility of Researchers Consortium SiGe-Hetero-Devices and the FP5 IST project ARTEMIS, and led several work packages in the FP6 NoE AMICOM (where he was a member of the executive board), the FP6 IP RFPLATFORM, and the FP7 STREP FLEXWIN. He chaired the European Commission RF Cluster Meetings in 2006 and 2008, served as co-chair of the 2007 European Microwave IC Conference, and associate editor for the upcoming special issue of the International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies on 60 GHz technology. He is a member of the executive board of the IEEE Topical Meeting on Silicon ICs in RF Applications and was Technical Program Committee Chair for its 2010 conference (SiRF 2010). His research interests include micro- and millimetre-wave IC design, heterostructure semiconductor devices, as well as architectural issues of RF microsystems.


Dr. Andreas Trasser obtained his doctorate in engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 1989, and joined UULM in 1990, where he currently holds a rank equivalent to a senior lecturer. He co-authored in excess of 40 publications in the area of high-speed analogue circuit design as well as high-frequency instrumentation. At present, he is strongly engaged in a project targeting 60 GHz personal area network devices with multi-Gbit/s throughput, and in an industrial research project using 60 GHz close-range sensors.