Three state-of-the-art chips with outstanding performance in analog, radio frequency, and wireless areas, co-developed by UM faculty members and students, have been accepted for presentation at the 61st IEEE International solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), which is due to be held in February 2014, in San Francisco, the United States. ISSCC is internationally recognised as the “Chip Olympics”, and UM is one of the ten universities that have presented the most papers at ISSCC, ranking No. 1 in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, released an Advance Program announcing papers accepted for presentation at its 61st International Solid-State Circuits Conference, which is expected to be attended by over 3000 representatives from the academia and industry. Three state-of-the-art chips with outstanding performance in analog, radio frequency, and wireless areas, developed by PhD students Yan Zushu, Lin Zhicheng and Lin Fujian, and supervised by Prof. Elvis Mak Pui-In, Dr. Matthew Law Man-Kay, and Prof. Rui Martins, with the collaboration from Prof. Franco Maloberti; from the State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI and Faculty of Science and Technology, will be presented at the conference. UM ranks No. 1 among all the universities in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao, in terms of first-author contributions. It is also one of the ten universities that have presented the most papers at the conference, ranking alongside with top universities including the University of Michigan, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and the University of California, at Berkeley and Los Angeles (UCLA).
Internationally recognised as the “Chip Olympics”, ISSCC follows an extremely rigorous selection criterion for paper acceptance. Only 206 papers have been accepted for presentation at the 61st ISSCC, among which 50 per cent come from the industry. The three papers from UM are “An RF-to-BB-Current-Reuse Wideband Receiver with Parallel N-Path Active/Passive Mixers and a Single-MOS Pole-Zero LPF”, “A 0.5V 1.15mW 0.2mm2 Sub-GHz ZigBee Receiver Supporting 433/860/915/960MHz ISM Bands with Zero External Components”, and “A 0.0013mm2 3.6μW Nested-Current-Mirror Single-Stage Amplifier Driving 0.15-to-15nF Capacitive Loads with >62° Phase Margin”.
Another paper, entitled “Circuit Techniques for Switched-Capacitor Filters”, which is co-authored by PhD student Zhao Yaohua, Prof. Elvis Mak Pui-In, Dr. Matthew Law Man-Kay and Prof. Rui Martins, will be presented at the ISSCC Student Research Preview Session, which demonstrates the excellent quality of the students and the research developed at UM in this very competitive area.
In recent years, UM has repeatedly earned international recognition for its achievements in microelectronics. Earlier, numerous papers by UM members not only were published in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, an authoritative international journal in the field of microelectronics, but also were selected from more than 3.5 million articles and ranked among the 100 most popular papers in the IEEE Xplore database.