Turning phone into charger UM receives Takuo Sugano Award for Outstanding Far-East Paper at ‘Chip Olympics’

The University of Macau (UM) State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (AMS-VLSI) has achieved another breakthrough. The team has designed an innovative microelectronics chip, which can turn a wireless power receiver into a wireless power transmitter without additional hardware support. The paper received the 2017 Takuo Sugano Award for Outstanding Far-East Paper at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 65th International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), commonly known as the ‘Chip Olympics’.

Titled ‘A Reconfigurable Bidirectional Wireless Power Transceiver with Maximum Current Charging Mode and 58.6% Battery-to-Battery Efficiency’, the paper was praised unanimously by experts and scholars at the conference. It is expected that the research results can be applied in consumer electronics and industrial fields. The team, consisted of Post-Doctoral Fellow Huang Mo, Assistant Professor Lu Yan, Visiting Professor U Seng Pan, and Chair Professor Rui Martins, are in the process of applying for a patent in the Unites States for the invention.

The ISSCC is the foremost global forum for showcasing the latest developments in solid-state circuits and systems-on-a-chip. The conference offers a unique opportunity for engineers working at the cutting edge of IC design and application to maintain technical currency and to network with leading experts. About 200 papers out of 600 submissions from around the world have been selected for ISSCC 2017, an acceptance rate of about 33 percent. 40 percent of the accepted papers are from the Far East. Takuo Sugano entered the University of Tokyo in 1950 to study for a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Inspired by the invention of the transistor, he decided to dedicate his career to studying semiconductors. From 1967 to 1989, he served in the ISSCC as an early member of what later became the Far-East Program Committee. The award in his honour is based on ratings by the conference attendees.