ACRC COURSE: Emerging Building Blocks in Digital System-on-Chips by Prof. Mingoo Seok


Instructor:  Prof. Mingoo Seok, Columbia University
Lectures:  3 days
Course Fee: 1700$ (See membership options)


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Course Content

In this course, we will introduce five emerging building blocks for digital system-on-chips (SoC). The first three building blocks are for computing applications and they are (1) SRAM-based in-memory computing (IMC) macros and accelerators to perform vector-matrix multiplication (VMM), (2) analog-mixed signal (AMS) computing hardware, and (3) spike-based computing hardware. The last two are for on-chip supply-voltage management. We will cover specifically (4) digital low-drop-out (DLDO) voltage regulators for creating independent supply voltage domains and (5) in-situ error detection and correction for managing sudden supply voltage droop. The course will mainly introduce the design cases that were published in recent years. We will have a written exam about one week from the end of the course.


Mingoo Seok is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He received his B.S. from Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2005 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 2007 and 2011, respectively, all in electrical engineering. His research interests are various aspects of VLSI circuits and architecture, including ultra-low-power integrated systems, cognitive and machine-learning computing, an adaptive technique for the process, voltage, temperature variations, transistor wear-out, integrated power management circuits, event-driven controls, and hybrid continuous and discrete computing. He won the 2015 NSF CAREER award and the 2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award. He is the technical program committee member for multiple conferences, including IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). In addition, he has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part I (TCAS-I) (2014-2016), IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (TVLSI) (2015-present), IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letter (SSCL) (2017-present), and as a guest associate editor for IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) (2019).