Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Design and Heterogeneous Integration of Microelectronic Systems

17 February 2021, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

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Tolga Tekin, group manager of Photonics and Plasmonics Systems at Fraunhofer IZM will explore key concepts of design and integration of microelectronic systems when considering next-generation computing, data centres, and other massive communication applications.

This event is free.

Event Information

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems



Design and Heterogeneous Integration of Microelectronic Systems

This talk considers the key concepts of design and heterogeneous integration for microelectronic systems. It will discuss how design and heterogeneous integration techniques are demanded with respect to massive communication applications, such as datacenters and next generation computing.

A key bottleneck to the realization of high-performance microelectronic systems is the lack of low-latency, high-bandwidth, and high density off-chip/core interconnects. Some of the challenges in achieving high-bandwidth chip-to-chip communication using electrical interconnects include the high losses in the substrate dielectric, reflections and impedance discontinuities, and susceptibility to crosstalk. Obviously, the motivation for the use of photonics is to overcome these challenges and leverage low-latency and high-bandwidth communication.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Izzat Darwazeh

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

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About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Tolga Tekin

Group manager of Photonics and Plasmonics Systems at Fraunhofer IZM

Tolga Tekin has received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 2004. He was a Research Scientist with the Optical Signal Processing Department, Fraunhofer HHI, where he was engaged in advanced research on optical signal processing, 3R-regeneration, all-optical switching, clock recovery, and integrated optics. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher on components for O-CDMA and terabit routers with the University of California. He worked at Teles AG on phased-array antennas and their components for skyDSL. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), he then led projects on optical interconnects and silicon photonics packaging. At the Technical University of Berlin, he then engaged in microsystems, photonic integrated system-in-package, photonic interconnects, and 3-D heterogeneous integration research activities. He is group manager of Photonics and Plasmonics Systems at Fraunhofer IZM and coordinator of ‘PhoxLab - European Photonics Innovation Hub for Optical Interconnects‘ at Fraunhofer IZM. He has been coordinator of European Flagship project on optical interconnects ‘FP7-PhoxTroT’, ‘H2020-L3MATRIX’, and is currently coordinating  ‘H2020-MASSTART’.

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