Sabanci University IHP Microelectronics Joint Virtual Lab

Sabancı University and the leading German scientific center IHP-Microelectronics establish a first in Turkey: the Microelectronics – Joint Virtual Excellence Lab based on the “More-than-Moore” concept.

The Microelectronics Research Group of the Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences has been undertaking successful cooperation projects with the leading German scientific center IHP-Microelectronics since 2008. The two cutting-edge institutions now join their scientific experience and resources in a Microelectronics – Joint Virtual Excellence Lab based on the “More-than-Moore” concept. This initiative is expected to take scientific studies to a new level that is novel to Turkey and rare abroad as well, leading to more effective studies both in Turkey and on a European level. The motto of the More-than-Moore concept is to develop smaller, functional, economical, versatile and long-lasting electronic systems. This has potential to contribute to many industries including communication, biomedicine, aerospace, aviation, security, automotive and robot-automation.

The lab was established at the signing ceremony and conference held at the SUNUM facility on the Sabancı University Tuzla campus on Thursday, October 16, 2014, hosted by Sabancı University President Professor Nihat Berker and attended by IHP-Microelectronics Rector Professor Bernd Tillack, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and representatives from the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, TÜBİTAK, and related sectors.

The research and development-focused cooperation of IHP-Microelectronics, a major technology provider to the leading wireless communication companies of the world, and Sabancı University is the first example of a pioneering model in Turkey. The IHP - Sabancı University Joint Virtual Lab – Center of Excellence will enable easier access of other universities, research institutions and companies in Turkey to research and development in the field, serving to increase cooperation.

The objectives of the Sabancı University and IHP-Microelectronics Joint Virtual Excellence Lab are:

Extending the research capabilities by using a complementary research approach; strengthening the position for joint project applications; increasing international visibility; attracting excellent students and researchers for joint project work; and bringing in high level teaching (lectures, internships at IHP, and visiting scientists) based on advanced IHP and Sabancı’s research topics.

Supported by the technological infrastructure and knowhow of Sabancı University and IHP-Microelectronics, the ‘Center of Excellence’ will help to demonstrate successful German Turkish cooperation on scientific as well as political levels.

"It is our goal is to strengthen the cooperation between Turkey and Germany in the fields of science and research. Therefore, I expressly welcome the special commitment of the IHP-Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics in Frankfurt (Oder) and the technological cooperation with its partner in Istanbul. I wish both partners every success in their cooperation," said the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka. "This cooperation reflects the aim of the German-Turkish Year of Science 2014, namely the further expansion of joint activities in research, education and innovation with projects that point the way to the future.". Source

Active projects:

Sabanci University MicroElectronics Research group (SUMER) and IHP-Microelectronics are currently carring out three different projects under jointly established virtual lab.

Project 1:

Development of RFMEMS based 140 and 240 GHz concept RF circuits and systems for passive imagers and spectrometer applications.

Project 2:

Development of SiGe-based microbolometer arrays of these and readout circuits for IR imaging applications.

Project 3:

Development of SiGe –BiCMOS based high performance, next generation TR Modules and their sub-blocks at 5G and other operating regions for communication and space applications.


Cooperation Agreement Between The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and Electronics Engineering Program at Sabancı University, Turkey

The areas of cooperation may include, subject to mutual consent, any desirable and feasible activity to further this objective. Such interaction may include:

  • Exchanges of faculty.
  • Exchanges of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Joint research projects and publications.
  • Exchanges of publications, materials, and information.
  • Special short term programs and visits.
  • The primary contacts for this cooperation are Professor Yasar Gurbuz for Sabancı University and Professor Gabriel M. Rebeiz for the University of California, San Diego.