Spring 2020: Upcoming Seminars

Prof. Rinaldo Castello
University of Pavia, Italy
Thursday, Feb 13th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Recent results in RF IC design at the Microelectronic Lab of Pavia

The seminar will present the research activity that is carried on, primarily in the area of Analog and Mixed Analog/Digital IC design, within the Microelectronic Laboratory at the University of Pavia. An overview of some recent research achievements will be first provided followed by a glance at some of the ongoing activities. The research topic covered will refer to circuit intended primarily for telecommunication applications implemented in scaled CMOS technology. More specifically the talk will present integrated circuits for present and future wireless terminal (toward 5G and beyond), both at the RF side and at the baseband side, together with CMOS implementations of TIAs and Drivers to be used in Coherent Optical communication.

Rinaldo Castello graduated from the University of Genova (summa cum laude) in 1977 and received the M.S. and the Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in ‘81 and ‘84. From ‘83 to ‘85 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Berkeley. In 1987 he joined the University of Pavia where he is now a Full Professor. He consulted for ST-Microelectronics, Milan, Italy up to 2005 in ‘98 he started a joint research centre between the University of Pavia and ST that included more than 30 researchers and was its Scientific Director up to ‘05. He promoted the establishing of several design centre from multinational IC companies around Pavia, among them Marvell for which he was a consultant from ‘05 to ’16. He consulted for InvenSense before establishing a research partnership with Huawei that is leading to a new Joint Lab in Pavia. Prof. Castello has been a member of the TPC of the European Solid-State Circuit Conference (ESSCIRC) from ‘87 to ‘17 and of the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) from ‘92 to ‘04. He was Technical Chair of ESSCIRC '91 and General Chair of ESSCIRC ‘02, Associate Editor for Europe of the IEEE J. of Solid-State Circ. from '94 to '96 and Guest Editor of its July '92 special issue. From 2000 to 2007 he has been Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid State Circuit Society. Prof Castello was one of the outstanding contributors for the first 50 and 60 years of ISSCC and a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2005 Symposium on VLSI of the Best Invited Paper Award at the 2011 CICC and of the Best Evening Panel Award at ISSCC 2012 and 2015. He was one of the two European representatives at the Plenary Distinguished Panel of ISSCC 2013 and the Summer 2014 Issue of the IEEE Solid State Circuit Magazine was devoted to him. Rinaldo Castello is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Prof. Taekwang Jang
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Friday, Feb 21st, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Energy-efficient Circuits and Systems for IoT sensors and Wireless Neural Recording

From mainframes in the 1950s to the recent current smartphones, one of the most evident trends in the history of computers is the increasing convenience and frequency of access by humans. The miniaturization of the computer is an important factor in this trend, lowering cost, reducing the required space, and providing mobility. The extrapolation of this trend indicates the birth of a new computer, IoT sensor node, which is smaller, cheaper and more numerous than the smartphones. The next generation computer will improve proximity to the object, the source of information, rather than to humans to allow much more aggressive miniaturization while improving the signal quality. Thus, machine service for humans is expected to improve extensively through the emerging prevalence of miniaturized computers. This talk, based on recent publications, introduces circuits and systems for IoT sensors and wireless neural recording devices.

Taekwang Jang is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Integrated Systems at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland.. He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejon, Korea, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2013, he worked at Samsung Electronics Company Ltd., Yongin, Korea, focusing on mixed-signal circuit design including analog and all-digital phase-locked loops for communication systems and mobile processors fabricated in 20-45nm CMOS process. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan; his dissertation was titled “Circuit and System Designs for Millimeter-Scale IoT and Wireless Neural Recording.” After working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan for one year, he joined the ETH Zürich in 2018 as an assistant professor and is leading the Energy Efficient Circuits and IoT Systems group. His research interests include ultra-low power systems, bio-medical circuits, frequency synthesizers and data converters. He is currently the chair of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, Switzerland Chapter.

Spring 2020 Seminars

  • Title: Recent results in RF IC design at the Microelectronic Lab of Pavia
          Speaker: Prof. Rinaldo Castello
  •       Date: Thursday, Feb 13th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Title: Energy-Efficient Circuits and Systems for IOT Sensors and Wireless Neural Recording
          Speaker: Prof. Taekwang Jang
  •       Date: Friday, Feb 21st, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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