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General description

The Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Naples was founded in 1983, and presently gathers about 90 people (teachers-researchers, technical staff and PhD students), with research activities in the fields of Microelectronics, Electromagnetic fields, Telecommunications, and Biomedical Engineering.              

The “RF device modelling and characterization” team of the Microelectronics group at UN, leaded by Prof. N. Rinaldi, has recently focused its research activity on the modelling, characterization and simulation of self-heating effects, and more in general, on reliability issues which limit the safe operation area of bipolar devices. This activity is supported by in-house developed characterization systems not commercially available including: i) a RF pulsed characterization system which allows measuring RF characteristics (S parameters) under controlled temperature conditions; ii) a direct chip temperature measurement system.

Contact

Niccolò Rinaldi  

Full Professor Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering

University of Naples

Via Claudio 21

80125 Naples ITALY

081 7683517

fax: 081 5934448

Role/activity in the project

UN is involved in WP1 (WP leader) and WP4. The research activity in WP1 include 3D thermal simulation (goal: understand thermal properties of SiGe HBTs, and the effect of scaling); Safe-Operating-Area analysis by 2D and 3D electro-thermal simulation (goal: investigate the SOA limiting effects in aggressively scaled devices). The research activity in WP4 include: development of predictive dynamic thermal models of SiGe HBTs including multi-finger structures.

People involved in the project

Niccolò Rinaldi (M’95) graduated (cum laude) from the University of Naples "Federico II," Italy, in 1990, and received the Ph.D. degree in 1994. In February 1994, he became a Research Assistant at the University of Naples "Federico II." In November 1998 he has been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Naples "Federico II," and since November 2002 he has been Full Professor. He currently is member of the scientific committee of the IEEE Bipolar/BICMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting, vice-chairman of the IEEE Electron Device Chapter (Central & South Italy Section), and vice-chair of the Italian Doctorate School of Electronics.  

Vincenzo d'Alessandro received the “Laurea” and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II,” Naples, Italy, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. In May 2006, he has been appointed Assistant Professor at the same University. His current research area is in electrothermal and thermal modeling/simulation of semiconductor devices. Dr. d’Alessandro has coauthored 60 papers in refereed international journal and conferences.  

Ilaria Marano graduated (summa cum laude) in Electronics Engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2004. From August 2005 to May 2006 she has been working with STMicroelectronics, Arzano Naples, Italy. Since November 2005 she is also working toward her Ph.D. at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”. Her current research activity deals with analytical/numerical thermal modeling of trench-isolated bipolar transistors fabricated on conventional and SOI substrates.  

Grazia Sasso was born in Naples, Italy, on January 26, 1983. She received the Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering (cum laude) in December 2004 and the Master’s degree in electronics engineering (cum laude) in May 2007. Since November 2007 she joined the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications  Engineering of University “Federico II” where she has started working toward the Ph.D. degree. Her field of interest is in experimental characterization and numerical simulation of state-of-art SiGe Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors for high frequency applications.  

Maurizio Costagliola graduated (summa cum laude) in Electronics Engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2003. From August 2005 to May 2006 she has been working with STMicroelectronics, Arzano Naples, Italy, as a digital ASIC designer Since June 2008 he is with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”. His present research interests included RF and electro-thermal modeling/characterization of bipolar transistors.  

Salvatore Russo received the “laurea” degree in electronics engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy, in 2007. Since November 2007 he is working towards his Ph.D. degree at the University of Naples “Federico II”. In April 2008, he joined as a visiting scientist the Laboratory of Electronic Components, Technology & Materials (ECTM) at the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, working on experimental characterization, simulation and modeling of electrothermal effects in silicon-on glass bipolar transistors.  

Recent publication

Electrothermal Phenomena in Bipolar Transistors and ICs: Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (invited) Rinaldi, N.; d'Alessandro, V.; De Paola, F.M.;Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting, 2006 Oct. 2006 Page(s):1 - 8  

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