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Serial interface optimized for neural probes

Master projects/internships - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Optimally tune a standard high speed data interface for the specific application of neural probes.

Current neural probe devices are already capturing data at rates of hundreds of Megabits per second. Transmitting this data from a device implanted is challenging because the inefficiency of a data protocol results in waste heat which damages the brain.

Multiple standard digital interfaces exist (parallel, SPI, USB, LVDS etc) which are capable of transporting the required data rate. However, they are designed with standardization and wide adoption in mind, making them an imperfect fit for neural probes which need to transmit this data over a short distance only using minimal power.

During this project we'll explore ways to optimize these interfaces to meet the specific challenges of the neural probes. Once an optimal way is found a CMOS implementation of a transmitter and receiver be designed and simulated. ​

Type of project: Internship, Thesis, Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: 6-9 months

Required degree: Master of Science, Master of Engineering Science, Master of Engineering Technology

Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact Bogdan Raducanu (

Imec allowance will be provided for students studying at a non-Belgian university