The Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (UET) is on the track to make the institute feel proud by taking their innovative chip designs to global recognition.

A team from the Department of Electrical Engineering UET Lahore comprising Dr.  Tayyab Mehmood, Dr. Muhammad Tahir, Dr. Ubaid Ullah Fayyaz, and Mr. Umer Shahid has designed a “Servo-Motor (Sermo) controller System-on-Chip (SoC)” that is capable of providing four programmable proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control units with quadrature encoder inputs (QEIs) and pulse width modulated (PWM) outputs.

The design was submitted to the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) “PICO” Open-Source Design Contest. The SSCS aims to help build and connect to new communities for IC innovation and its democratization toward a new wave of global impact. Collectively 18 designs were selected from 15 different countries among which Sermo-SoC secured one shuttle seat out of the dedicated four seats and the design got fabricated with the sponsorship of IEEE SSCS. The Sermo-SoC is a motor control subsystem that serves as a research vehicle for the design-space exploration of novel motor-control algorithms. It turns the Efabless Caravel SoC into a powerful servo-motor controller.

Furthermore, Sermo-SoC has been published in the flagship magazine of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society’s Fall 2021 issue on the PICO program. The PICO (platform for IC design outreach) program is focused on supporting the ramp-up of the open-source ecosystem through sponsored IC fabrication runs. The open sourced design is showcased at department’s GitHub code bank


Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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