At this year’s International Solid State Circuits Conference to be held in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 22-26, imec and Holst Centre will present eight scientific papers covering groundbreaking results on ultra-low power design for wireless broadband communication, for wireless sensor networks, and organic electronics. Moreover, executives and scientists from imec and Holst Centre are prominently present as technology experts throughout the conference’s forums, evening sessions and panels and as session chairs. Throughout the event, imec and Holst Centre will issue several press releases showcasing breakthrough results in various research domains applicable to the conference.
“Imec has served as a primary research partner for companies around the globe, leading in the development of advanced solutions for next generation mobile, 5G, 60GHz mobile backhaul reconfigurable radio, mm-wave radar, and ultra-low power wireless sensor networks for a connected and sustainable world,” stated Harmke De Groot, department director of wireless technologies at imec/Holst Centre. “ISSCC is recognized as one of the major conferences in our field, and we are proud to showcase our recent work and be involved in the technical education component. It is a confirmation of imec’s achievements and the relevance of our research in pushing the technology limits toward higher performance, lower power consumption and smaller form factor.”
Among imec’s research highlights presented at ISSCC2015 are the world’s lowest power PAN (personal area network) radio, developed together with Renesas, and an electrical balance duplexer achieving state-of-the-art linearity and insertion loss performance in IBM 0.18µm RF CMOS SOI process realized in collaboration with Murata and HiSilicon. Such reconfigurable duplexers are key building blocks for front-end modules in next-generation communication systems. Another highlight is a 79 GHz binary phase-modulated continuous-wave radar transceiver with TX-to-RX spillover cancellation in 28nm CMOS (developed together with Panasonic), and a flexible thin-film NFC tag powered by a commercial USB reader device at 13.56MHz.
Overview of imec and Holst Centre Presentations at ISSCC 2015:
Feb. 22, 2015
F2 RRAM for Data Abundant System Technology: Managing Expectations and Minimizing Disappointments M. Jurczak, imec
ES2 Brain-Machine Interfaces: Integrated Circuits Talking to Neurons - Co-Organizer: F. Yazicioglu, imec
Feb. 23, 2015
2.2 A +70dBm IIP3 Single-Ended Electrical-Balance Duplexer in 0.18μm SOI CMOS - B. van Liempd et al., imec; Murata; HiSilicon
EP1 Moore’s Law Challenges Below 10nm: Technology, Design and Economic implications - Panelist J. De Boeck, imec
EP2 Lost Art? Analog Tricks and Techniques from the Masters - Panelist J. Cranickx, imec
Feb. 24, 2015
9.3 A Transmitter with 10b 128MS/s Incremental-Charge-Based DAC Achieving -155dBc/Hz Out-of-Band Noise - P. E. Paro Filho et al., imec; Vrije Universiteit Brussel
13.2 A 3.7mW-RX 4.4mW-TX Fully Integrated Bluetooth Low-Energy/IEEE802.15.4/Proprietary SoC with an ADPLL-Based Fast Frequency Offset Compensation in 40nm CMOS - Y-H. Liu et al., Holst Centre/imec; Eindhoven University of Technology; Renesas Electronics
S16 Emerging Technologies Enabling Next-Generation Systems - Session Chair: J. Genoe, imec
16.3 Flexible Thin-Film NFC Tags Powered by Commercial USB Reader Device at 13.56MHz - K. Myny et al., imec; Holst Centre/TNO; KU Leuven
EP3 Innovating on the Tapeout Treadmill - Panelist L. Van der Perre
Feb. 25, 2015
19.7 A 79GHz Binary Phase-Modulated Continuous-Wave Radar Transceiver with TX-to-RX Spillover cancellation in 28nm CMOS - D. Guermandi et al., imec; Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Panasonic
S20 Energy Harvesting and SC Power Conversion Session - Associate Chair: S. Stanzione, imec/Holst Centre
20.8 A 500nW Battery-less Integrated Electrostatic Energy Harvester Interface Based on a DC-DC Converter with 60V Maximum Input Voltage and Operating From 1μW Available Power, Including MPPT and Cold Start - S. Stanzione et al., Holst Centre/ imec; OMRON; KU Leuven
22.5 A 4×20Gb/s WDM Ring-Based Hybrid CMOS Silicon Photonics Transceiver - M. Rakowski et al., imec; KU Leuven; Ghent University; Tyndall National Institute
26.2 A 5.5fJ/conv-step 6.4MS/s 13b SAR ADC Utilizing a Redundancy-Facilitated Background Error-Detection-and-Correction Scheme - M. Ding, et al., Holst Centre/imec; Eindhoven University of Technology
Feb. 26, 2015
F4 Low-Power Integrated Circuit and System Design for Wearable Healthcare Applications - Mario Konijnenburg, imec/Holst Centre
F5 Advanced RF CMOS Transmitter Techniques - Organizer Piet Wambacq, imec
F4 Charge-Based Signal Processing for Wireless Transmitters - Jan Craninckx, imec
Imec (imec.be) performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics and photovoltaics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of over 2,080 people includes more than 670 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2013, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 332 million euro.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.)and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited).
About Holst Centre
Holst Centre (holstcentre.com) is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and for Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.
Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from around 28 nationalities and a commitment from more than 45 industrial partners.