Auburn Microelectronics Laboratory

Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center



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Charles Ellis, Director,
Office: 467 Broun Hall
Phone: (334) 844-1883
Welcome to Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center

Semiconductor technology is the driving force behind the birth of the Information Age, and is expected to become a $850B industry by the year 2005. A solid research and educational infrastructure is required to support the growth of this rapidly evolving and strategically important industry. The Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center (AMSTC) was established in 1984, and has a mission "to advance microelectronics science, technology, and education by providing facilities which encourage interdisciplinary research and educational activities within Auburn University and the State of Alabama." This mission is accomplished by focusing on more basic long-term research while also addressing the shorter-term technological and manpower needs of the semiconductor industry. The AMSTC has grown to include nine distinct laboratories in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering Departments. Over 30 faculty and staff, and over 50 graduate students are involved in its research activities. Research in the AMSTC is highly interdisciplinary, reflecting the multi-faceted nature of the field of microelectronics. The AMSTC enjoys strong industrial and government support for its numerous research programs, which ensures that student training and research results have direct relevance to industry and government needs. The AMSTC is at the forefront of microelectronics research and education. We are excited about what we are doing, and we welcome the opportunity of sharing that excitement with you.


The Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center (AMSTC) is a cross-disciplinary research center investigating new concepts in microelectronics. AMSTC's research laboratories include: the Compound Semiconductor Laboratory in the Department of Physics; the Stress and Thermal Characterization Laboratories in the Departments of Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical Engineering; and the Advanced Packaging, Low-temperature, Electronics Materials, and Microelectronics Laboratories in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The center specializes in automotive electronic research such as:

  • multichip module design
  • fabrication and reliability
  • stress and thermal management in advanced integrated-circuit packaging 
  • thin diamond film growth and characterization
  • silicon germanium bipolar transistor characterization
  • low- and high-temperature integrated-circuit operation
  • integrated sensors and ignition devices
  • high-temperature silicon-carbide transistor processing and characterization





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