This year, the Institute for Microelectronics is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. To put this in perspective, when the institute was founded back in 1988 the top of the line processor (Motorola MC68030) featured 273,000 transistors and ran at clock rates up to 50 MHz. At this time Prof. Siegfried Selberherr saw microelectronics as a transformational technology which will require in-depth modeling and simulation capabilities if its true potential was to be achieved. With this in mind, he founded the Institute for Microelectronics at the TU Wien.
In the last 30 years, along with the entire microelectronics industry, the Institute for Microelectronics has advanced incredibly, enabled by its active involvement in developing and improving technology computer aided design (TCAD) tools. Today, it is unimaginable that any electronic device, circuit, or chip could be designed without the aid of TCAD tools. The influence that the institute has had can be quantified by its enviable scientific output, with over 60 books and book editorships, over 600 journal publications, 150 book contributions, and 1800 conference presentations. Over the years, the institute has educated 138 PhD students and has taken part in 69 publicly funded projects, in addition to countless industry collaborations.
On June 8th, the head of the Institute for Microelectronics, Prof. Tibor Grasser, invites all its current and former staff and PhD students to come together and celebrate the great achievements made in the last 30 years and to toast to the successes yet to come in the next 30. The celebration will start at 6:00pm in the Kuppelsaal, TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna.
We look forward to seeing you there!