Company Description:

The University of Messina enrolls about 24.000 students, and counts 12 departments covering almost all academic fields. There are 42 undergraduate courses, 33 Master courses and 6 one-cycle master degree programs. PhD Courses are also available in different research fields. UniMe counts about 745 administrative staff and 1.075 academic professors. UniMe encourages the internationalization policy through a wide range of collaborations with universities and foreign institutions, international networks and consortia. UniME has a well-established experience in European programs (Erasmus + KA1 and KA2, H2020, Cross border cooperation projects) and coordinates and ERC Synergy Grant and an Erasmus + KA203 Strategic partnership, Erasmus+ Ka103 and Erasmus+ Ka107 International Credit Mobility projects; also, it is partner in several cooperation and research projects. UniMe has well organized administrative structures promoting and supporting both internationalization and technology transfer. The University of Messina also promotes the creation of spin-offs and start-ups created by students. UniME also has a Center of Orientation and Placement to help the
students in their course of study and, after the diploma to access the job market.

Role and main tasks within the project:

UNIME has more than ten years of expertise in the field of experimental characterization of power devices and systems, and in the lifetime and reliability estimation at the device level by applying microscopy, spectroscopy techniques and high-speed thermal imaging. Moreover, a complementary expertise in the field of modeling, simulation, design, and characterization of nanometer CMOS devices is available. In the PROGRESSUS project, the activity of UniME will concern the study of the thermal distribution and mechanical stress, starting from the bare device up to the entire system. The target of the task consists of a more complete thermal characterization both for the active devices and the market ready product. The obtained data can work as feedback at system level design to improve reliability. To this purpose at UniME, a system to study the time resolved thermal behaviors of devices with an equivalent frame of about 200 KHz, is already available. A system able to map the time resolved thermal behavior of the entire system during its normal operation will be developed. To this purpose, a suitable thermal camera will be acquired and an optical objective will be designed and developed.


This project has received funding from the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 876868. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Slovakia.”
The project has an overall budget of about 19.576 M€. The project will receive an ECSEL JU funding of some 5.785 M€ completed with national funding from – Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Slovakia.