Low-Power mm-Wave Active Sensors: Potential Applications, Architectures, Circuit Topologies, and Technology Requirements

Seminar Date(s)
Seminar Location
CMRR JKW Auditorium, Warren College, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, California 92093
Seminar Speaker
Sorin P. Voinigescu
University of Toronto, Canada
Sorin P. Voinigescu

The requirements of nanoscale CMOS and SiGe BiCMOS technologies and the associated circuit topologies, design methodologies, and system architectures suitable for future autonomous navigation, gesture control, ambient sensors and silicon quantum computing ICs will be discussed. We will review and contrast SiGe BiCMOS and SOI CMOS implementations of a range of low-power mm-wave single- and multi-channel radar sensor transceivers, active tags, and electron/hole spin manipulation circuits operating in the 60-160 GHz range. The technology-specific choice of circuit topologies will be justified in each case, and the measured performance of circuit building blocks and of the overall system will be compared.

Seminar Speaker Bio
Sorin P. Voinigescu holds the Stanley Ho Chair in Microelectronics and is the Director of the VLSI Research Group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. He is an IEEE Fellow and a world renowned expert on millimeter-wave and 100+Gb/s integrated circuits and atomic-scale semiconductor device technologies. Between 1994 and 2002 he was first with Nortel Networks and later with Quake Technologies in Ottawa, Canada. In 2008-2009 and 2015-16, he spent sabbatical leaves at Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Sunnyvale, California, at NTT's Device Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, and at Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany, exploring technologies and circuits for 128GBaud fiber-optic systems, 300Gb/s mm-wave radio transceivers, and radar sensors. Dr. Voinigescu co-founded and was the CTO of two fabless semiconductor start-ups: Quake Technologies and Peraso Technologies. He was a member of the ITRS RF/AMS Committee, of the ExCom of IEEE CISICS, IEEE BCTM and is a member of the ExCom of the IEEE BCICTS. He received NORTEL’s President Award for Innovation in 1996 and is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2001 IEEE CICC, the 2005 IEEE CSICS, and of the Beatrice Winner Award at the 2008 IEEE ISSCC. His students have won numerous Best Student Paper awards, most recently at IEEE ESSCIRC 2017. In 2013 he was recognized with the ITAC Lifetime Career Award for his contributions to the Canadian Semiconductor Industry.
Seminar Contact
Travis Spackman
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