"Access IC Design Laboratory"
was setup in the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering , National Taiwan University, in 2000. This lab is directed by Professor An-Yeu
Wu . Currently, Lab members include 11 Ph.D.
students, 9 master students and several
undergraduate students. Up to now, 15 Ph.D.s and
67 masters graduated from our lab, most of them
have engaged in IC design domain of industry. Our
Lab is located in Room 232 NTU EE Sec. Building,
occupying about 46 square meter. The main hardware
equipments are workstations and personal computers,
software equipments are programming languages (C,
MATLAB , etc.) and EDA tools (Cadence, Avant !,
Professor An-Yeu (Andy) Wu received
the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University
in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the
University of Maryland, College Park in 1992 and
1995, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.
After graduation, he returned to Taiwan, joining
a faculty of National Central University in 1996.
Finally, being a professor at the Department of
Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University.
He is proficient in VLSI / CAD, broadband access
systems integrated circuit design and digital signal
processing. During his research, he hopes he can
expand the scope of research and be beneficial to
Electrical and Computer industries, interacting
and cooperating with related industries and research
units continually. With the efforts of students
and colleagues hand in hand, there have been excellent
achievements, not only a variety of innovations
be adopted, but also applied to productions practically.
His research and teaching achievements are frequently
awarded by National Science Council, some kinds
of innovations of research and educational reform
are also highly appreciated. With the sweat several
years, Prof. Wuˇ¦s outstanding contributions are
highly admired and concerned. Prof. Wu regards the
honor steams from the sweat and tears of students
over the years. He encourages that we should make
unceasing progress, keep improving.
In 1998, the CAD Group of NTU Institute
of Electrical Engineering altered its name to "Integrated
Circuits and CAD Group", due to the bloom of
IC design. In 2001, the College of EECS founded
the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering,
and combined the "Integrated Circuits and CAD
Group" and the "Electronic Circuits Group"
into the "Integrated Circuits and Systems Group",
which Access Lab belongs to. In early years, Access
Lab has focused on the CAD algorithms. Nowadays,
Access Lab develops the various types of hardware
and software applications of Silicon Intellectual
Property and Intelligent Signal Processing, based
on VLSI design frameworks, digital signal processing
algorithms and communication theory.
"Broadband communication systems and
algorithmsˇ¨ and ˇ¨broadband communications chip and structure
design" are the current two major research areas of our lab.
The former research focus on system analysis and algorithms
using PC and workstation development. The latter is targeted
mainly to efficient algorithms VLSI architecture design. Finally,
using ASIC and FPGA to verify the correctness of theory.
The laboratory can be divided into several main groups at
present, carry on the following research projects separately:
(1) developing the prospective bio-medical chip and medical
system integration. (2) analyzing multi-model bio-physiological
signals and prediction of early prognosis in stroke patients.
(3) (Low-density parity-check)LDPC encoder/decoder applied
in storage system. Our lab applies conventional communication
DSP algorithm and communication theorem on application such as
biomedical and optical storage area. The first topic is applying
communicational adaptive signal processing algorithm on ultrasound
beamforming system and color doppler engine. Second topic is
analyzing the bio-medical and bio-neurological signal, such as
ECG, BP, EEGˇK, of acute stroke patients to early predict the
outcome of restoration based on signal processing algorithm.
The last but not least, the third topic is, based on the signal
property of multi-level-cell (MLC), to design an high code rate
LDPC encoder/decoder that can be efficiently applied on MLC architecture.
In addition to works related to digital signal processing,
in order to cope with the miniaturization of semiconductor fabrication
technology and the development of multi-core technology, "Bio-inspired
network-on-chip" and "Three-dimensional network-on-chip performance-thermal
co-design" are two major research topics in our lab. The first topic applies
bio-inspired swarm intelligence, such as the concept of colonies of ants,
school of fish and flocks of birds, to micro-networking computing systems
in order to realize exa-scale computing processors. Utilizing the development
of bio-inspired micro-networking techniques, we provides a high performance,
adaptive and fault-tolerant data communication platform. The second topics regards
"High speed and high reliability 3D IC design and development", the NSC project
that Prof. Wu leads. In the past we have developed a high-accuracy temperature-performance
co-design platform, Access Noxim-Hotspot, through the analysis of traffic-temperature
mutual coupling. In this project, we combine different areas such as thermodynamics,
thermal conduction theory, queuing theory, game theory and VLSI architecture design
to develop the key technologies in proactive dynamic thermal management, including
temperature prediction model, adaptive routing algorithm and task mapping. Through the
proactive thermal management techniques we developed, we maximizes system throughput
of 3D network-on-chip system under certain thermal constraints to solve the thermal
issues in 3D IC.
Although this is a new laboratory
research team at National Taiwan University, it
has many large-scale collaborative research projects
that are under way, including 3CxDSL, Gigabits Ethernet
Optical, Re-configurable computing, Equalizer and
Crypto-systems, and so on. We welcome people with
lofty ideals to join our team.
In rapid progress of IC technology,
the great challenge of system-chip design has come.
The vision and prospect of Access Lab are continuing
to cultivate more excellent IC design talents. Seizing
the advantage of IC design and production in Taiwan,
we asked every graduate to have experience and ability
to design IC independently and tape out. We think
the prognosis for the future of the digital communication
IC industry is encouraging, thus Access Lab will
strengthen the training in the knowledge of communication
systems to meet the need of this new trend. Besides
techniques, creativity is also important now. We
anticipate Access Lab could be the pioneer of the
academic and technology, always innovating, having
the courage to try new ideas and making the greatest
effort and contribution to the academic and industry.