Electronics Department


The Electronics Department of INAOE was created in 1972, just when the INAOE- (National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics) was founded. It was until 1974 when the Electronics Post-grade Program began with the start of operation of the Microelectronics Laboratory which consisted of one MOS circuit's fabrication line.

The current Electronics Department performs research and technological activities, and human resources training in the following topics: Electronic devices, Manufacturing technology of devices and silicon integrated circuits, Integrated circuits design, CAD; Circuits and VLSI electronic systems verification, Electronic instrumentation and Communication systems.

The faculty in Electronics consists of 35 members organized into four research groups. Twenty-one associate technicians provide assistantship to the electronics´ laboratories users either for research or technological development projects. In addition, the Department receives all-year-long visiting professors, visiting scientist, short stay visits collaborations and post-docs. To this date, the Department has two post-docs.

A very important activity for the Department is to train highly qualified human resources. Each year, this Department train around 85 post-grade students (~55 in M.Sc. and ~30 in Ph.D.) within four branches of knowledge. It is allowed to college students from many universities to develop projects for social services, practices or BSc. thesis.

Funding for research and technological projects comes from different sources such as National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) of Mexico, European Union, and private companies.

Currently, the leading project of the Department is the National Nano-electronics Laboratory (LNN), which will develop collaborations in subjects as nanostructured materials and nano-electronic devices and systems.

Within the Department, we can find board members of the IEEE´s section in Puebla. Sixty percent of the faculty has IEEE´s membership. Two IEEE chapters are especially active: Circuits and Systems Chapter (CAS), and Electronic Devices Chapter (EDS).


Branches of knowledge

Without a doubt, Information Technologies and Communications are important to perform cutting-edge research and development projects.
Among others, the most outstanding challenges in this branch are the following:
Basic research in ITC: To develop new algorithms, system architectures, signal processing, etc.

  • To develop new devices that integrate I/O system interfaces in various applications.

  • To develop high performance integrated circuits for applications to communications of many kinds.

  • To develop CAD tools that get advantages over the new computer architectures.

The new industrial revolution has arrived and it is known as Nanotechnology. For Mexico, it is undeniable that it represents the opportunity to be at par in R & D with other countries and to develop capable human resources in this area. 

The Electronics Department of INAOE recognizes the multidisciplinary nature of this area so the scientists are willing to combine efforts with research groups not only within this department but with other INAOE´s departments or even with other institutions.

The most important challenges of this department, among others, are:

  • To study nanostructured materials

  • To develop CMOS process that coexists with nanoelectronic devices advances.

  • To develop models for nanometric range devices and to develop CAD tools.

  • To establish the National Nanoelectronics Laboratory as a unifying project to address the above issues.

Mexico has an enviable position to carry out R&D in new energies, a position that, until now, has not been exploited in a correct manner. Perform R&D in this theme is not just a matter of harnessing that enviable position, but debt to future generations to collect energy by alternative means respecting environmental aspects.

Faculty of the Electronics Department wants to contribute to the advancement on this topic by working on research and development of new and improved schemes for solar power generation.

The most notable challenges in this area are:

  • To study new materials for solar cells manufacturing.

  • To characterize and to improve energy efficiency levels.

  • To develop models for devices and systems to be part of the global generator schema.

  • To develop manufacturing processes.

  • To search for new schemes that incorporate energy in social levels.


General Information
Head of Department: Alfonso Torres-Jacome, Ph.D.
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Phone number: +52 (222) 2470517
Switchboard: +52 222 266 3100 Ext.1425 and 1426

Administrative Support
Mrs. Laura Toxqui-Olmos,

Mrs. Aurora Alonso-Vicens;


Last Update:
08-09-2016 a las 14:03 por Silvia Hernández Moreno

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