Recent International Research Projects

CISC Semiconductor has been sucessfully involved in the past in joined international research with major companies, mainly from the semiconductor industry, automotive or wireless communication.

Knowledge resulting out of these projects flow into our products being key success factors of our products. Requirements from our partners together with our advanced R&D results are the major ingredients of CISC Semiconductor Products like the CISC RFID Application and System Design Kit , the System Architect Designer (SyAD®) or others.

CISC Semiconductor participated in following joint R&D projects:



The project HighWise – Highly-Efficient Wireless Energy Management System for utility range Power Plants – aims to develop a novel plant controller concept, which will integrate generation, storage and measurement systems, by flexible, seamless and secure communication schemes including wireless communications for new sensor technologies also. The concept is based on a distributed decentralized approach offering more flexibility and redundancy to increase overall robustness and increases failsafe operations by applying functional safety standard(ISO26262) concepts, also high efficiency, low maintenance and MTBF increment.

CISC contribution is in the area of the plant controller development and its middleware.

The project is funded by the Austrian Research and Funding Promotion Agency (FFG) under the EUROSTARS-2 Programm (Call Eurostars-2 CoD 3 2015) under contract 852876.


The project investigates a localization system of passive RFID tags for an intelligent process control system. The real-time tracking of components, tools, and products is a key technology to optimize work flows, e.g. in flexible manufacturing. REFlex not only covers research of the localization system and modeling of flexible production environments: Ethical and social implications of the new technology (possible tracking of persons) are studied as well.CISC works on Project specific adaptation of existing RFID test hardware for flexible production systems and act as interface to relevant standardization bodies.Webpage: not available

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Start/Duration: Oct, 1st 2014 / 39 month

The project is funded by by the Austrian Research and Funding Promotion Agency (FFG) under the ICT of the future program (Call IKT der Zukunft 2) under contract 485630.


AVTR stands for “Optimal Electrical Powertrain via Adaptable Voltage and TransmissionRatio” – a project under the umbrella of the 7th Framework Program.

AVTR addresses the development of the complete Electrical powertrain optimised as a whole of systems:

  • Energy saving in pure urban drive up to 20% with respect to state of-the-art fixed transmission ratio,
  • Address the application to the largest market context (vehicles ranging in weight less than 1000kg),
  • High fun to drive because of the adaptable transmission ratio allowing best acceleration in all conditions

CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of simulation of the complete electrical power train for electrical vehicles with a weight below 1000kg.

Webpage: not yet established


IoE stands for “Internet of Energy for Electric Mobility” – a project under the umbrella of the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking (JU). The objective of Internet of Energy (IoE) is to develop hardware, software and middleware for seamless, secure connectivity and interoperability achieved by connecting the Internet with the energy grids.The application of the IoE will be the infrastructure for the electric mobility. The underlying architecture is of distributed Embedded Systems (ESs), combining power electronics, integrated circuits, sensors, processing units, storage technologies, algorithms, and software.

The IoE will implement the real time interface between the power network/grid and the Internet. The grid will increasingly rely on smaller, locally distributed electricity generators and storage systems that are based on plug & play principles. Power network devices and loads at the edge (such as electrical vehicles, buildings, electric devices, and home appliances) can be charged or connected on any source of energy being solar, wind, or hydroelectric.

CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of identification for smart access to the electrical grid.



POLLUX stands for Process Oriented Electronic Control Units for Electric Vehicles Developed on a multi- system real-time embedded platform – a project under the umbrella of the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking(JU).

The objective of POLLUX is to develop a distributed real time embedded systems platform for next generation electric vehicles, by using a component and programming-based design methodology. Reference designs and embedded systems architectures for high efficiency innovative mechatronics systems will be addressed with regard to requirements on composability, networking, security, robustness, diagnosis, maintenance, integrated resource management, evolvability and self-organization.

Next generation Electrical Vehicles will begin the convergence between computer and automotive architectures: future automobiles will be mechatronic systems comprising a multitude of plug-and-play and self configurable peripherals. Peripherals will be embedded systems containing hardware, algorithms, software. The architecture will be based on distributed energy while the propulsion systems will adopt radical new control concepts. Sensing, actuation, signal processing and computing devices will be embedded in the electronic equipment, electrical motors, batteries and the mechanical parts as well.

CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of modelling and simulation technologies.



e3car stands for “Energy Efficient Electrical Car” – a project under the umbrella of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking (JU).

The objective of the e3car project was the development of nanoelectronics technologies, devices, circuits architectures and modules for hybrid and electrical cars/vehicles and demonstration of these modules in a final systems.

The project considered both vertical integration with the final user and equipment providers and horizontal cooperation to build a solid nanoelectronics technology base for Europe electrical car industry and establish standard designs and platforms for electrical/hybrid cars. The project considered architectures, technologies and modules being applied to electric vehicles on systems and sub-system levels.

New design and concepts have been developed for power train, power conversion, power management and battery management. These systems are nowfail safe and fault tolerant. New methods and technologies for improved reliability and increased lifetime have been derived during the validation phase.

In this context the power and high voltage electronics and smart miniaturized systems for power management, engine control and energy recovery systems have been specified and developed, based on the voltage/current range of needed module.

CISC Semiconductors contribution was in the area of modelling and simulation technologies.



The SR2 project – which stands for “Short Range Radio” – focuses on novel and ultra low power radio components in the Wireless Personal and Body Area Network landscapes. Its ultimate goals are to develop multi-standard System-on-Chips, assess their coexistence performance and integrate them in selected applications for home monitoring and automation.

CISC contribution is in the area of UWB (Ultra Wide Band) and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS).

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The project ROBIN (Robust Design for Efficient Use of Nanometer Technologies) addressed signal corruption in Systems-in-Package either at macro-level (power distribution, substrate) or micro-level (interconnect crosstalks, natural radiations). By considering manufacturing constraints, optimal trade-offs will be defined between circuit robustness and efficient use of technology, down to 45 nm.

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Wireless Technologies for small area Networks with Embedded Security &Safety (WITNESS) aims to develop new techniques for short-range wireless communication using very low power techniques.

As in all wireless transmissions, significant risk of interference and security attack being a potential cause of major communication link failure with harmful consequences on safety and privacy.

CISC Semiconductor contributed to this project in total more than 5 man years within the timeframe from 2005 to mid of 2007. Main areas of CISC Semiconductor’s R&D work cover tools and design methodologies for system development mainly at that level in BAN, Bluetooth and Zigbee. Beeing active in a number of relevant standardization bodies (a.o. ISO/IEC and CENELEC) CISC Semiconductor proposes and supports the project contributions in these standards. Furthermore, CISC applies UHF and LF system concepts to system design and evaluation of active LF and UHF systems and models key building blocks of the system in a system design language.

More public information is available on the MEDEA+ web page or from the Witness project profile ( 0,2 MByte).

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TechnoDaT stands for “Technology Driven Design and Test”. The project started in 2001 and finished by end of 2004.

CISC was contributing 12 MY of research work in areas of Embedded Flash Memory Macro Modelling, Virtual Test Engineering and esablishing a frame work for a complete and comprehensive technology database.

More information about this project can be found here.

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“Analog Enhancements for a System to Silicon Automated Design” was started in 2001.

CISC was contributing to this project since mid of 2002 in the area of system simulation. Until the end of 2004 CISC’s contribution had been more than 4 man years. CISC’s work was related to the simulation of heterogeneous embedded microelectronic systems. A method to combine system level simulations with descriptions suitable for the simulation on block level had been developed. The work focused on the problem handling analog behavior and components within basically digital system descriptions. The developed approach uses VHDL or SystemC as modeling language for analog and mixed signal block level models together with system simulation tools.

Please find out more about the project on its web page.

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The project LiMA (Learning Platform in Microelectronic Applications) was one of the projects of the Fifth (EC) Framework Programme – Creating a user-friendly information society (IST).

From September 2001 till August 2003, CISC was envolved in testing the framework and contributed an web based application service interface to access standard EDA tools for circuit design (like e.g. Modelsim from Mentor Graphics).