System Integration brings together researchers from integrated circuit design, system-on-chip design, microfabrication, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), micro-machining and neural computation. Research activities range from industrially-focussed process development and low-power system-on-chip design to long-term research into circuit design, system architectures, SPAD arrays, microdisplays and novel structures on silicon. In the latter context, strong links to the life sciences exist and thus "bio-electronics" and "bio-mechanics" (orthopaedic engineering), in several forms, now provide an area of rapid growth that links the core activities. Efforts are focused on fabrication and engineering down to the nanometer scale to produce a wide range of novel devices, materials and integrated systems. This includes the creation and characterization of new metamaterials and the study of biomimetics, which aims to borrow evolutionary solutions to optical and mechanical problems from the natural world. Nano system integration interfaces between nanodevices and the outside world.
The integrated neural interface program centered at the University of Utah is focused on developing chronically implantable, wireless, integrated neural interface devices based on the Utah electrode array. These devices may be used in the central or pheripherial nervous system for neural signal recording and/or stimulation to help people with motor or sensory impairments. The highly interdisiplanary team consists of world renowned experts from institutes in US and Europe. Some of the collaborators in this program are the Neurosciences program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calfornia, USA; Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, Berlin, Germany; Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Engineering, St. Ingbert, Germany.