Owen Casha

Senior Lecturer
Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics (University of Malta)

Bilateral Meetings

  • (9:00am - 12:30pm)
DescriptionThe Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics focuses on the design and prototype testing of integrated circuits and MEMS. ASIC design involves the following major areas: low-voltage, low-power analogue designs, RF CMOS circuits and embedded systems. The Department participates since 1994 in the EUROCHIP/EUROPRACTICE programme of the E.U., which gives access to design software and to silicon foundries in the E.U. Seat licences for software for ASIC design include Cadence Design Framework, Tanner Tools, Coware, Coventor and Mentor Graphics, together with a number of design kits for BiCMOS and CMOS technologies including AMS 0.8 um, AMS 0.6 um, AMS 0.35 um, UMC 180 nm and UMC 90 nm.  The Department also has Xilinx FPGA design software and Matlab software, including Simulink, as well as MEMS design software Coventor, MEMS+ and ANSYS which are capable of FEM and symbolic simulation. The department also has access to MEMS foundry processes included in the EUROPRACTICE framework such as TRONICS, POLYMUMPS and METALMUMPS. The Department has published more than 90 papers in these areas in international refereed journals and conferences. The Department facilities include a test station for functional and parametric testing of prototypes of analogue, digital and mixed-mode ASICs and MEMS, and extensive RF equipment (http://www.um.edu.mt/ict/mne/mems_testing_facilities).  The Department participated in a number of EU funded research projects including FP6 Sensation, Lab4MEMS and Lab4MEMSII.

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Organization Type university / research institute
Organization Size250+
CityMsida, Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics, Faculty of ICT, University of Malta Google map
Areas of Activities



    Sensors/Embedded Systems

    Design and implementation of sensors and embedded systems for intelligent monitoring of buildings. For instance, management of concrete structures requires an understanding of the deterioration processes involved and the rate at which they proceed. Intelligent monitoring is automated monitoring which explicitly provides information on current condition and deterioration rates to assist in predicting the remaining life of a component or structure. Surface mounted or embedded sensors may be used to monitor various aspects of structural condition, reinforcement corrosion, and the environment in and around a concrete structure.

    Keywords: sensorsembedded systemsmicroelectronicswireless sensor networksmonitoring
    Cooperation Offered
    1. Technical co-operation
    Cooperation Requested
    1. Technical co-operation