Partner & Projects


This section introduces partnerships CISC Semiconductor has established to enforce it’s R&D activities and to gain additional expertise by collaborating with partners from universities and industry.

Our partners we have in joint R&D projects with, also funded by Public Authorities (PA’s), are not listed explicitly, but can be found in details about our International Projects.

CISC R&D University Partners

Besides technical cooperation, one of the key benefits for CISC Semiconductor is the continuous development of good personal relationships between CISC employees, key academics and research students attracting people to work in the field of CISC’s interest and business.
The research projects provide a structure and reason for frequent interaction between CISC and universities and allow mutual understanding to develop. PhD students conducting the research may wish to continue her/his work by becoming an employee of CISC Semiconductor or may refer colleagues for full time jobs.

Graz University of Technology

Since 2002, we have established a close R&D partnership with the Institute for Technical Informatics (ITI) from Graz University of Technology. Cooperation areas include HW/SW codesign, system simulation and design of embedded systems.

Furthermore, we are working together in joint long term R&D projects. PhD thesis and diploma works in the area of common interest and supported by CISC complete this very fruitful and open-minded cooperation.

Carinthia Tech Institute

The Department for Telematics / Network Engineering was founded in 1997 within the Carinthia Tech Institute, an University of Applied Science. The main focus of the work in the department is in the area of contact and contactless network technology.

Currently, CISC is cooperating in knowledge sharing. Additionally, there is mutual interest to expand the cooperation with practical semesters and to support diploma thesis in the field of our common interest.

More information about the department and its cooperations can be found here.

Klagenfurt University

The Department of Information Technology (ITEC) at the Klagenfurt University covers computer and communication technology related areas in the Informatics Departments of the Klagenfurt University.
ITEC comprises three research groups with currently two full professors and one associate professor, and about 20 scientific, technical and administrative staff.

The areas of work, both in teaching and research, are as follows: Distributed multimedia; Computer and multimedia communication networks; Distributed and multimedia databases, multimedia metadata; Distributed and parallel systems, cluster computing; Operating systems, middleware, and compiler construction; Computer architecture and hardware- software interaction.

The current research focus of ITEC is clearly on distributed multimedia systems. The three research groups collaboratively work on investigating the aspect of adaptation of multi­media contents and resources in distributed multimedia systems.

More information about the department can be found here.

The Mobile Systems Group at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt works on networking aspects of future mobile and wireless systems. This includes the design of algorithms and protocols, contributions to networking theory, and modeling and simulation issues. The focus of current research is on networked systems of embedded, pervasive computers and 4G networks. Our teaching activities include graduate courses on mobile and wireless communications and networks, as well as undergraduate courses on the physical basics of information technology. Established in 2005, the group is lead by Prof. Christian Bettstetter.

They are located in the Lakeside Science and Technology Park.
More information about the department can be found here.


CISC Semiconductor has established cooperations also with partners coming from Industry. Partners you will find here are additional to our partners within in our international projects. These partners give us additional value mainly in the area of design methodology and tools where we offer complementary tools as an add on to tools coming from our partners.
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austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 27 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and mobile entertainment in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities.

austriamicrosystems offers a wide range of wireless solutions. They are a leading provider of innovative single chip reader solutions for the new UHF RFID Gen2 standard as well as a high performance, low power UHF transmitter for wireless data transmission and low power LF wake-up receivers for operation between 19 and 150 kHz.

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National Instruments

niCISC Semiconductor develops applications and systems within the LabVIEW environment. The collaboration between National Instruments and CISC Semiconductor with CISC as Alliance Partner is not only based on software, but also on complementary hardware solutions.


Neosera is the leader in power solutions for system and software design. From IC design to embedded electronic devices, as well as mobile devices and applications, Neosera provides solutions which measure and optimize power at each point of the development process.
Joint research and development is taken on their tools RHEIMS and ENIGMA.
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mathworks_logoCISC Semiconductor is a member of The MathWorks Connections Program.

The MathWorks is the world’s leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB® and Simulink®, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries. The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 1,000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts.

CISC Semiconductor utilizes the MATLAB® technical computing environment and the Simulink® simulation environment in its RFID Application and System Design Kit+Library, a simulation software solution for the design and evaluation of RFID systems and applications.

International Projects

cisc_RandD_partners_centraleurope_mapFounded in 1999, CISC Semiconductor’s growth in size and economic results was always much ahead of market growth. These facts show the need of the market for such a kind of technology provided by CISC, even within a period of economical disasters in the years 2001 to 2003, or in 2009.

To improve our competitiveness and being able to provide outstanding performance in new technologies, CISC has a strong focus on R&D collaboration with companies within the area of CISC business. This is the reason why CISC since its first days was and still is involved in international research projects.

From 2001 up to today CISC Semiconductor can reference on 55 Person Years effort directly spend in joint research & development projects in all over Europe with all major European companies. In diverse international projects and framework programmes, CISC Semiconductor plays a key role in the business field we focus on. In this way, CISC continuously can offer leading edge technology as we are part of the international research in system design of embedded microelectronic systems using newest technologies.

The imgage below shows reagions in central Europe where we have setup joint R&D activities with our partners.

Actual International Research Projects

CISC Semiconductor currently contributes to the following joint research 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 EUROSTARS programme is powered by EUREKA and the European Community



AVTR_Logo_168x80_c92da34ae7AVTR stands for “Optimal Electrical Powertrain via Adaptable Voltage and TransmissionRatio” – a project under the umbrella of the 7th Framework Program. CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of simulation of the complete electrical power train for electrical vehicles with a weight below 1000kg.

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

Project webpage: not yet established


IoE_Logo_140x80_43fca0ac57IoE stands for “Internet of Energy for Electric Mobility” – a project under the umbrella of theARTEMIS Joint Undertaking (JU). CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of identification for smart access to the electrical grid.

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.

Project webpage:


POLLUX_Logo_80x80_605cf087b2POLLUX 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). CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of modelling and simulation technologies.

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.

Project webpage:

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:


e3car stands for “Energy Efficient Electrical Car” – a project under the umbrella of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking (JU). CISC Semiconductors contribution was in the area of modelling and simulation technologies.

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 develped 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.

Project webpage:


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).

Project webpage: was not established


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.


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).


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.


“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.


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).

The official web page of the project is providing further information.