Founded in 2004, The Institute of Microelectronics and Microprocessors has three research sections: Microprocessor Architecture; Integrated Circuit Design; and, SOC and Embedded Systems. The Institute’s faculty has 6 full professors and 17 associate professors. It includes 18 PhD and 33 Masters degree holders. The Institute’s "high-performance microprocessor technology" team was selected as an Innovation Research Team by the MOE. The Institute has made great contributions to promoting the development of the microelectronics industry in China, as well as modernizing our national defense and economy.
The Institute implements the National Key Development Discipline and the Hunan Province Key Discipline of Microelectronics and Solid Electronics and is responsible for educating qualified senior microelectronic design engineers as well as working on national key projects. Since 2001, it has completed the key discipline developments such as the national 211 Project and the 985 Project while developing a first-class teaching and research environment. The Graduate Center for Microelectronics and Microprocessor Innovation was approved as a national innovation center by the MOE in 2005.
The Institute’s multi-disciplinary education model integrates microelectronics design; computer science; communication and information systems, space electronics; information technology; and mechatronic engineering.
Since 2001, Institute graduate students have published two monographs, published more than 300 papers, won six gold awards at the National Invention Exhibitions, produced six Hunan Province excellent Master degree theses and won the second group prize at the National Graduate Electronic Design Contest.
The Institute has developed research in the coordinated development of CPU technology; digital signal processors (DSP) and system on chip (SOC) technology; ultra-large scale integrated circuit theory and technology; reliability technology for microelectronic devices and circuits and other areas. Since 2001, the Institute has completed more than 40 research projects, including: national key projects; National 863 Plan (National Advanced Technological and Research Plan) Projects; and Natural Science Fund projects. The Institute has successfully developed more than 20 kinds of CPU, DSP and ASIC, which has played a great role in the national modernization, and won three second prizes for National Scientific and Technological Progress and eight first and second prizes for Provincial and/or Ministerial Scientific and Technological Progress.
The Institute performs vanguard research on the fundamental issues in microelectronics technology. The Institute’s research on heterogeneous multi-core multi-threaded architecture; long-term analysis of on-chip network modelling; optimization methods, radiation mechanisms and anti-radiation reinforcement technology; and automatic generation of simulation vectors have made important contributions to the microelectronic field. Since 2001, the Institute has won more than 20 national invention patents and published more than 400 academic papers, of which more than 100 are indexed by SCI and EI. The Institute has many ongoing projects including such major national projects as “Key electronic devices, High-end general chips, Fundamental software products”, National 863 Plan (National Advanced Technological and Research Plan) projects, Natural Science Fund projects.