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Infrastructure, Tools and Technologies

As a research institute, it is essential to operate and maintain a modern and efficient infrastructure. We attach great importance to modern workstations both in the laboratory and in the office.

We use industrial software tools

We have the necessary tool licenses for training purposes, for research and for industrial use:

  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Mentor Graphics
  •  Altera and Xilinx
  • matlab
  • microwave office

Technologies used

In aerosol measurement technology, we currently focus on electrical and optical measurement methods for the detection of minute particles.

In microelectronics, we have gained experience with various ASIC technologies. Depending on the application and needs of the partners, we use these in a targeted manner or also work our way into new technologies:

  • FPGA: Altera, Xilinx
  • ASICs: XFab, espros, AMS, TowerJazz
  • Microcontrollers: NXP, STM; Arduino, RaspberryPi, BeagleBone

Research laboratory

Our aerosol laboratory is equipped with various particle generators and devices for particle characterization. In the electronics laboratory, we have measuring instruments ranging from conventional multimeters and digital oscilloscopes to network and spectrum analyzers.

Teaching laboratory

The laboratory for sensor technology is primarily designed as a teaching laboratory; the entire teaching of sensor technology takes place directly in the laboratory. In addition, we operate a teaching laboratory with 9 HF workstations for two students each and 18 dual-boot Windows/Linux computers. These are available both for the students of the Bachelor courses and for the MAS and courses and workshops.

Contact us

Prof. Dr. Gerd Simons
Prof. Dr. Gerd Simons

Head of FHNW Institute for Sensors and Electronics

Telephone +41 56 202 75 68 (direct)