Software development and designing of Microsystems are
strategically important areas of research for Pakistan to
compete in todayís global research and development ecosystem.
In addition to developing expertise in VLSI
(microelectronics) design and development, it is natural to
expand government investment in other areas of Microsystems like
Micro-electromechanical Systems i.e. MEMS, Optoelectronics and
Microfluidics in both academic and industrial organizations.
Such expertise must be in the areas of design, prototyping and
testing of such micro devices.
There is a huge market of MEMS in the world. Most of the
advanced countries are outsourcing their MEMS design work to
Asian countries mainly due to availability of less expensive
highly skilled manpower in these countries, thus resulting in
This project plans and envisions sufficient design work on
various MEMS devices and will also be able to offer such design
services to international customers in next 2-3 years after
creating enough skilled manpower inside Pakistan in this area.
In this regard, Open Source libraries will be developed to
showcase our work in front of the international community while
sharing our design knowledge with them. The main focus of the
project is to develop such library while using our design
expertise in the area of MEMS and chip design.
Open Source Cell Library Theme:
Under this theme, Cell Library components for various MEMS
devices shall be made accessible to public in open source
software. The objective of this theme will be to develop the
methodology and infrastructure for hosting MEMS cell libraries
on GIKIís web server.
MEMS Device Theme: Under this theme, some MEMS devices (gyroscope,
accelerometer, microgrippers, brain electrodes) and associated
microelectronics devices will be designed, prototyped and tested
at GIKIís MEMS Design and Test Lab. The simulation results and
if possible characterized results will be placed in the proposed
- The open source library will become the national hub for
hosting MEMS and microelectronics designs developed at other
Pakistani university as well to show-case their work to the
international market promoting MEMS and microelectronics
design work of Pakistani researchers to outside world.
- This will accelerate the chip and MEMS design activities and
will enable the development of critical mass of chip
designers and developers in Pakistan. This will also help to
bring practical aspect of VLSI and MEMS designs in academic
- The project will initiate a local start-up company that will
provide Microsystems design services mainly in MEMS and
Microelectronics to national and international universities,
government organizations and companies. This project will
provide highly skilled manpower that may be a back bone to
run this company.
open source library is expected to develop collaboration
between GIKI and international universities and commercial