Connection One is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center established by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The Connection One Research Center is at the forefront of developing the next generation antennas, low-power computer chips, advanced transistor models and cutting-edge multiple-function circuitry to enhance technologies ranging from cellular to environmental and defense applications.
The NSF-funded center partners with universities and corporations to bring together the academic laboratory with state-of-the-art research initiatives and real-world market applications. In addition to Arizona State University (the lead university), the Center includes Ohio State University. Industrial partners include: AFRL, Altera Corp., Bridgestone Americas Tire, Commscope, Intel, MIT Lincoln Labs, MIPR/NSF, Naval Research Lab, Nimbis Services, NXP Semiconductors, Orton Foundation, PaneraTech, Inc., Qualcomm, and Space Micro.
The Center has grown tremendously over the past four years. New labs were built this past year in the following areas: RF IC design, mixed-signal analog/digital IC testing, VLSI design and system testing, MEMS system fabrication, electromagnetic anechoic chamber, in addition to an RF screen room testing facility. The Center is involved in the design of multiple RF and analog/digital ICs. Some of the IC fabrication processes currently being used include: TSMC, IBM, Honeywell, Freescale, SPAWR, Peregrine, as well as being a member of DARPA Trusted Foundary group.
Connection One currently has over 15 faculty, 100 PhD Students, and over 500 MS Students conducting research on the following projects:
- Sensors, actuators, micro fluidics, and associated microelectronics for biomedical and environmental applications
- MEMS sensors and actuators
- Digital, VLSI design
- Design for variability
- Design for harsh environments including temperature, radiation, and aging
- Analog, mixed-signal design for biomedical, telecommunication, defense, automotive and instrumentation applications
- Analog, RF and mixed-signal test development, design for testability, built-in self test space electronics