“Closed-Loop Neuromodulation”

Facing a growing number of patients with neurological disorders, there are only limited therapeutic pharmacological measures which provide only temporary and mild amelioration of the devastating symptoms of these disorders. The use of electrical stimulation of the brain is a treatment option for patients with severe treatment-resistant disorders. Current deep-brain stimulation (DBS) approaches are hindered by inadequate technology that is low-precision and bulky, power-inefficient, and of limited diagnostic utility. The seminar will discuss a high-precision implantable neurotechnology for closed-loop neuromodulation of functional networks of the human brain. Key features of the technology are: 1) sensing from a high number of channels, 2) sensing concurrent with stimulation for true closed-loop operation, and 3) real-time secure wireless data telemetry. The proposed neurotechnology could revolutionize brain therapies in efficacy, size and cost of medical implants.

Dejan Marković is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also affiliated with UCLA Bioengineering Department, Neuroengineering field. He completed the Ph.D. degree in 2006 at the University of California, Berkeley, for which he was awarded 2007 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize. His current research is focused on implantable neuromodulation systems, domain-specific compute architectures, and design methodologies. Dr. Marković co-founded Flex Logix Technologies, a semiconductor IP startup, in 2014, and helped build foundational technology of Ceribell, a medical device startup. He received an NSF CAREER Award in 2009. In 2010, he was a co-recipient of ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions. He also received 2014 ISSCC Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper. Prof. Markovic is an IEEE Fellow.

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“Circuits and architectures with ultra-wide power-performance adaptation – going way beyond voltage scaling”

Wide power-performance adaptation down to nWs has become crucial in always-on nearly real-time and energy-autonomous SoCs that are subject to wide variability in the power availability and the performance target. Wide adaptation is indeed a prerequisite to assure continuous operation in spite of the widely fluctuating energy/power source (e.g., energy harvester), and to grant swift response upon the occurrence of events of interest (e.g., on-chip data analytics), while maintaining extremely low consumption in the common case. These requirements have led to the strong demand of SoCs having an extremely wide performance-power scalability and adaptation, so that they can relentlessly operate without interruption in spite of the highly-uncertain power availability.

In this talk, new directions to drastically extend the performance-power scalability of digital, analog and power management circuits and architectures are presented. Silicon demonstrations of better-than-voltage-scaling adaptation to the workload are illustrated for both the data path (i.e., microarchitecture) and the clock path in the digital sub-system. New directions to achieve full-system coordinated power-performance scaling are also discussed. Silicon demonstrations and trends in the state of the art of battery-light, battery-less and battery-indifferent SoCs are illustrated to quantify the benefits offered by wide power-performance adaptation, identifying opportunities and challenges for the decade ahead. Finally, an always-on mm-scale integrated system that operates uninterruptedly when solely powered by moonlight is demonstrated, paving the way to a new generation of always-on systems with little to no battery.

Massimo Alioto is a Professor at the ECE Department of the National University of Singapore, where he leads the Green IC group, and is the Director of the Integrated Circuits and Embedded Systems area and the FD-FAbrICS research center on intelligent&connected systems. He held positions at the University of Siena, Intel Labs CRL, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of California Berkeley, EPFL – Lausanne.

He is (co)author of 300 publications on journals and conference proceedings, and four books with Springer. His primary research interests include ultra-low power circuits and systems, self-powered integrated systems, near-threshold circuits for green computing, widely energy-scalable integrated systems, circuits for machine intelligence, hardware security, and emerging technologies.

He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, and was Deputy Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. Previously, Prof. Alioto was the Chair of the “VLSI Systems and Applications” Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2010-2012), as well as Distinguished Lecturer (2009-2010) and member of the Board of Governors (2015-2020). He served as Guest Editor of numerous journal special issues, Technical Program Chair of several IEEE conferences (ISCAS 2023, SOCC, PRIME, ICECS, VARI, NEWCAS, ICM), and TPC member (ISSCC, ASSCC). Prof. Alioto is an IEEE Fellow.

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Highly-Integrated Millimeter-Wave Radar Systems in Silicon-Based Technologies

February 23-25, 2020

Instructor:                    Prof. Vadim Issakov, OVGU Magdeburg, Germany

Teaching assistant:   Nimrod Ginzber (nimrodg@campus.technion.ac.il)

Lectures:                       13 hours, three days.

Academic points:       1pts

Exam:  28/02/2020 at 9:00 and/or 20/03/2020 at 9:00



This course will cover advanced topics in radar systems from system calculation to mm-wave circuit design and integration with antennas.



  • 044142 | Linear Electronic Circuits or
  • 044137 | Electronic Circuits


The course will consist of: lectures, discussion, practical examples, exam.

Course Abstract and Outline

Recent advances of silicon-based semiconductor processes and packaging technologies have accelerated the implementation of radar sensors for numerous mass-volume applications at mm-wave frequencies. CMOS and SiGe technologies seem to provide a very attractive solution for realization of mm-wave radar transceivers.

This first part of the lecture will start with the basic introduction of continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed radar systems. We discuss briefly the frequency regulations for automotive and consumer radar applications. Then we focus only on CW and FMCW systems and consider range, velocity and angular resolution. We discuss how to derive a specification of the radar system based on the specific radar application scenario, as e.g. link budget calculation, frequency chirp, dimensioning of filters and VGA in the analog baseband, choosing sampling rate and resolution of the ADC. Next, we discuss the impact of phase noise on radar systems, as e.g. range correlation effect. Further, we discuss the radar signal processing, range-Doppler map and detection of multiple targets. Finally, we discuss advanced topics as noise floor degradation by non-ideal mixing and TX to RX spillover cancellation and show integrated radar system examples. Then, we derive specification of the circuit blocks based on the system requirements and adress the design of the blocks separately in the second part.

The second part deals with the circuit design and physical implementation of the systems on chip (SoC) and systems in Package (SiP) for mm-wave radar applications. First, we repeat the basics of mm-wave design, as e.g. CMOS and bipolar transistor performance at mm-wave, passives at mm-wave, nonlinearity, noise, stability. Next, we discuss the design of mm-wave LNA, mixers (active and passive), VCO, Power Amplifier, frequency divider and multiplier. We discuss considerations on LO synthesis and distribution for large chips. Additionally, we discuss realization challenages of antenna on-chip and in package at mm-wave frequencies. Finally, we discuss examples of latest reported radar transceivers.

This course aims to provide a deep overview over modern radar systems for automotive and consumer applications. The students will get a broad scope starting from the radar sensing scenario, translating it into the block specification, designing the circuit blocks and realization of the transceivers. Novice designers can get an introduction to circuits and systems, while experienced mm-wave designers can expand their knowledge by connecting the circuits and systems for radar applications.

Course schedule:


09:30-10:45 – Introduction to Radar Systems and Radar Fundamentals

10:45-11:15 – Coffee break

11:15-12:30 – Doppler Radar and Pulse Radar

12:30-13:30 – Lunch break

13:30-14:45 – FMCW Radar and Chirp-Sequence Radar

14:45-15:15 – Coffee break

15:15-16:30 – Advanced Effects in FMCW Systems


09:30-10:45 – Systematic Design Steps of FMCW Radar Systems

10:45-11:15 – Coffee break

11:15-12:30 – Specification Calculation of RF Circuit Blocks & Analog Baseband

12:30-13:30 – Lunch break

13:30-14:45 – Fundamentals of mm-wave Circuit Design

14:45-15:15 – Coffee break

15:15-16:30 – LNA Design


09:30-10:45 – Mixer Design

10:45-11:15 – Coffee break

11:15-12:30 – Power Amplifier Design

12:30-13:30 – Lunch break

13:30-14:45 – LO Generation and Distribution

14:45-15:15 – Coffee break

15:15-16:30 – Antenna on-chip and in-package and State of the Art Systems

Lecturer Bio

Vadim Issakov received the M.Sc. degree in microwave engineering from the TU Munich in 2006 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Paderborn, Germany, in 2010. He received an award for the outstanding dissertation from the VDE (German Association of Engineers) and best dissertation award from the University of Paderborn.

In March 2010 he joined Infineon in Neubiberg, Germany. Afterwards he worked at IMEC and Intel Corporation, before he came back to Infineon in August 2015 as mm-wave Design Lead and Principal Engineer leading a research group working on pre-development of mm-wave radar and communication products. His work has been recognized by the IEEE MTT Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Since 2014 he was teaching classes on Analog RF CMOS Circuits and Highly-integrated mm-wave Circuits as Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Bochum and University of Erlangen, Germany. In September 2019 he joined the University of Magdeburg, Germany, as a full professor holding the Chair for Electronics.

“A Flexible vision for RF ICs” by Dr. Matan Gal-Katziri

Flexible high-speed systems and architectures have promising and exciting applications at the intersection of communications, imaging, medicine and deployable arrays. The flexibility is expressed in terms of electrical reconfigurability, flexible circuit board materials, and lightweight, bendy interconnects between remote array elements. In this talk I will present my work at Caltech’s High-speed and holistic IC laboratory in developing such systems. Two key elements in our flexible schemes are the utilization of highly functional RFICs to minimize rigid component count, and a holistic, modular design approach which is crucial to future size scaling. Through the talk I will present several exemplary architectures for space, power transfer, communication and sensing applications, and will discuss the high-level considerations, implementation, challenges, and potential uses of such systems.

Matan Gal-Katziri received the B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel in 2009, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the department of electrical engineering at Caltech, Pasadena, CA. He is a part of Caltech’s Solar-Space Power Program RF design team, where his work on flexible arrays sheets has won the 2020 IMS advanced practice award. His research interests are high-frequency, integrated, and large-scale systems for medical, environmental, industrial and communications applications.

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“Human-Centric Computing” by Prof. Jan Rabaey

The world as we know it is going through some major upheavals: climate change, pandemics and technology-induced societal changes are upsetting our world-picture with no real end in sight. Hence, an extremely relevant question is how ‘we humans’ are going to cope with this rapid evolution. One plausible answer is for us to use those same technologies to evolve ourselves, and to equip us with the necessary tools to interact with, survive, and prosper in spite of (or in light of) these changes.

Various wearable devices have been or are being developed to do just that. However, their potential to create a whole new set of human experiences is still largely unexplored. To be effective, functionality cannot be centralized and needs to be distributed to capture the right information at the right place. This requires a human intranet, a platform that allows multiple distributed input/output and information processing functions to coalesce and form a single application. In this presentation, we focus on the computational aspects of such an intranet, tasks that are complicated by the extreme energy and form-factor limitations imposed on the wearable (or implanted) devices. An important aspect is that the human intranet should not only be able to learn from experience, but capable of dealing with changes in both the environment and in itself. Moreover, it should be able to do so on a continuous base. Computational models, architectures and circuits that enable such capabilities at ultra-low energy and small form factor are hence needed. A glimpse of what may be possible will be presented.

Jan Rabaey is a Professor in the Graduate School in the EECS Department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he held of the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship for over 30 years before retiring. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, he was a research manager at IMEC from 1985 until 1987. He is a founding director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab, and has served as the Electrical Engineering Division Chair at Berkeley twice. In 2019, he also became the CTO of the System-Technology Co-Optimization (STCO) Division of IMEC, Belgium.

Prof. Rabaey has made high-impact contributions to a number of fields, including advanced wireless systems, low power integrated circuits, mobile devices, sensor networks, and ubiquitous computing. His current focus is of the interaction between the cyber and the biological world (amongst many other things.

He is the recipient of major awards, amongst which the IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, and the SRC Aristotle Award. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, and has received a number of honorary doctorates. He has been involved in a broad variety of start-up ventures.

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“Sensor interfacing in the edge: small, sound, smart! ” by Prof. Gerald Gielen

The continuous progress of CMOS semiconductor technology fuels the technological revolution towards a smart world that immersivly impacts our daily life, work and play. The Internet of Things, personalized healthcare monitoring, autonomous driving, industry 4.0, etc. are but a few examples. Sensors and sensor interfaces with intelligence in the edge play a key role in all applications where the physical and the cyber worlds meet. This presentation will focus on core challenges in the design of future electronic circuits for such applications, where cost, power and reliability are major issues besides raw performance. The key to achieve solutions with small area (cost) and low power is to design the analog functions in a highly digital manner. Also ways to build intelligence in the edge will be discussed. This will be illustrated with some practical design examples.

Georges G.E. Gielen received the MSc and PhD degrees in EE from the KU Leuven, Belgium, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He currently is Full Professor in the MICAS research division at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at KU Leuven. From August 2013 till July 2017 he was also appointed at KU Leuven as Vice‐Rector for the Group of Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and he was also responsible for academic Human Resource Management.

He was visiting professor in UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Since 2020 he is Chair of the Department of EE.

His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed‐signal integrated circuits, and especially in analog and mixed‐signal CAD tools and design automation.

He is a frequently invited speaker/lecturer & coordinator/partner of several (industrial) research projects in this area, including several European projects. He has (co‐)authored 10 books and more than 600 papers in edited books, international journals and conference proceedings. He is a 1997 Laureate of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Literature and Arts in the discipline of Engineering. He is Fellow of the IEEE since 2002, and received the IEEE CAS Mac Van Valkenburg award in 2015 and the IEEE CAS Charles Desoer award in 2020. He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea.

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“Machine Learning and Optimization for Communications and Deep Networks”

In recent years, many remarkable achievements have been made in the field of machine learning. While most of the initial successes were related to image, speech and language recognition, a recent important development has been the application of these techniques to other areas. In particular, communications systems can benefit from applying these techniques. For example, algorithms such as Monte Carlo Markov Chain and Monte Carlo Tree Search have been successfully used in the design of MIMO (i.e., multiple antenna) transceivers. In addition, highly quantized implementations, such as binarized networks, have led to implementations that are well-suited to power-limited mobile platforms. In addition, metaheuristic optimization techniques such the genetic algorithm and others have been used to automatically find highly efficient deep learning architectures, eliminating the need for lengthy and tedious manual experimentation. This lecture will describe these approaches and present some recent design examples. Relationships between the algorithms will be emphasized, and important computational issues will be highlighted. Finally, opportunities for future research in these areas will be suggested.

Gerald Sobelman is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and he has served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Program in Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard University. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at The Rockefeller University, and he has held senior engineering positions at Sperry Corporation and Control Data Corporation.

Prof. Sobelman is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He has been a member of the technical program committees for several IEEE conferences. He was Chair of the Technical Committee on Circuits and Systems for Communications of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, and he has also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I and for IEEE Signal Processing Letters. In addition, he has chaired sessions at international conferences in the areas of communications and VLSI architectures.

Prof. Sobelman has presented short courses at a number of industrial and academic sites. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 technical papers and 1 book, and he holds 12 U.S. patents.

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“Reconfigure the World: Adaptive-Transfer-Function and Multi-Band RF Filtering Devices for Emerging Wireless Systems”

Next-generation multi-purpose wireless-communications (e.g., 5G) and multi-mode remote-sensing systems demand highly-versatile RF front-ends capable of supporting them. As a result, a lot of interest has recently been detected in the development of advanced high-frequency electronics featuring increased levels of spectral adaptivity and multi-band operation. In particular, a considerable attention is being dedicated to the design of fully-reconfigurable single/multi-band RF bandpass filtering devices as key blocks to perform the adaptive-signal-band-selection process required by these systems. On the other hand, the ever-growing saturation of the radio-spectrum resource has led to critical electromagnetic-coexistence scenarios between the plurality of co-located RF systems that exploit it. In this case, the availability of fully-controllable multi-notch RF filters to suppress spectrally- and power-agile interferers is very desirable. The purpose of this seminar is to present an overview of recent contributions in the research field of RF filtering devices with highly-reconfigurable and multi-band transfer function. This includes both multi-passband and multi-band stop components for multi-channel-selection and multi-interference-mitigation applications, respectively. Furthermore, their operational and design foundations, as well as a rich variety of experiment demonstrators in different bands and high-frequency technologies (e.g., planar, 3-D, lumped-element, acoustic-wave, and integrated ones), will be shown.

Roberto Gómez-García was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1977. He received the degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid. Since 2006, he has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid. He has been, for several research stays, with the C2S2 Department, XLIM Research Institute, University of Limoges, Limoges, France, the Telecommunications Institute, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Microwave Technology Branch, Washington, DC, USA, and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. His current research interests include the design of fixed/tunable high-frequency filters and multiplexers in planar, hybrid, and monolithic microwave-integrated circuit technologies, multifunction circuits and systems, and software-defined radio and radar architectures for telecommunications, remote sensing, and biomedical applications, in which he has authored/co-authored around 100 journal papers (80 in IEEE journals and 35 as first author) and 140 conference articles.

Dr. Gómez-García was the recipient of the “2016 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Outstanding Young Engineer Award” and is an “IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer” for 2020-2021 He was an Adjunct Part-Time Professor during 2017-2019 at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, and Invited Visiting Professor during 2018/2019 at Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2012 to 2016 and the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers from 2012 to 2015, a Senior Editor of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems from 2016 to 2017, and a Guest Editor of the 2013 and 2018 IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems “Special Issue on Advanced Circuits and Systems for CR/SDR Applications” and “Special Issue on Wireless Sensing Circuits and Systems for Healthcare and Biomedical Applications”, the IET Microwaves, Antennas, and Propagation 2013 “Special Issue on Advanced Tunable/Reconfigurable and Multi-Function RF/Microwave Filtering Devices”, and the IEEE Microwave Magazine 2014 “Special Issue on Recent Trends on RF/Microwave Tunable Filter Design” and 2019 “Special Issue on Wireless Sensors for Bio-Medical Applications”. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, the IEEE Access, the IET Microwaves, Antennas, and Propagation, and the International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies. He is also TCC-5 Topic Editor for the IEEE Journal of Microwaves, and a Reviewer for several IEEE, IET, EuMA, and Wiley journals. He serves as a member of the Technical Review Board for several IEEE and EuMA conferences. He is also a member of the IEEE MTT-S Filters (MTT-5), the IEEE MTT-S RF MEMS and Microwave Acoustics (MTT-6), the IEEE MTT-S Wireless Communications (MTT-23), the IEEE MTT-S Biological Effects and Medical Applications of RF and Microwave (MTT-28), and the IEEE CAS-S Analog Signal Processing Technical Committees.

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“From Transistors to Swarm Systems: The Evolution of Design Methods and Tools in the last 40 Years”

Giovan Battista Vico, a philosopher and historian who lived across the XVII and XVIII centuries, was the first to note in his masterpiece “Scienza Nuova” (New Science) that the history of man and his endeavors follow a cyclical pattern. Economies, as well as the power of nations, have exhibited a clear and cyclical behavior. Electronic Design Automation (EDA) has not escaped this fundamental law. EDA started in the late 1960s when large companies such as IBM and Bell Laboratories were developing new products based on Integrated Circuit technology. The ICs of the time had only a few tens of transistors but the design costs were raising and the need to obtain circuit right the first time became clear. The scientific content of tools and methods for ICs ranged from physics to mathematics in a mix that is rare to see in any other engineering field.

EDA technology advances have oscillated between verification and synthesis, the perception in the mind of the electronic design community of EDA has been rising and falling in a regular pattern, EDA companies have risen and declined, the consideration of the financial community for EDA has been periodically increasing and decreasing, and the algorithms used in EDA have swung from general purpose techniques borrowed from mathematics, computer science, operation research, and artificial intelligence, to ad hoc techniques that leverage the nature of the specific design problem to be solved. Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli will show that progress is achieved when new methodologies crystallize, with new tools and techniques acting as catalysts, that the construction of layers of abstraction are the steps that have helped us reach new heights.

His take in this talk is that the great success of Electronic Design Automation to enable the design of chips with more than 1 Billion transistors over a span of 40 years can be replicated in other sectors including traditional industries such as construction, and novel sectors such as synthetic biology, if its essential elements are distilled appropriately. He will show how they are approaching these extensions and what challenges they are facing.

Throughout the talk, Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli will intersperse considerations about his scientific and industrial journey from a theory-oriented professor to an “entrepreneur”.

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of EECS, University of California, Berkeley, where he is Special advisor to the Dean of Engineering for Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Faculty Advisors to the Berkeley Accelerator, SkyDeck. Awards (among others): Kaufman for pioneering contributions to EDA; IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal “for groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields” and the EDAA Lifetime Achievement Award. He co-founded Cadence and Synopsys, the two leading EDA companies and is Member of the Board of Directors of Cadence, KPIT, ISEO, ExpertSystem, QuantumMotions (Chairman), Phoelex (Chairman), Cy4Gate, Exein and Cogisen. He consulted for several companies including Intel, IBM, ST, Mercedes, BMW, UTC, Lendlease and GM. He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Council, Milano Innovation District. He is member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is an IEEE and ACM Fellow. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Aalborg University, from KTH (Sweden) and from IAG (Krakow, Poland). He published 1,120 papers and 19 books and graduated over 100 Doctorate Students.
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“Flexible Interference Robust CMOS Radio Receivers”

The radio spectrum is becoming more and more crowded, and radio receivers are typically interference limited. As there is a demand for multi-mode flexible radio devices, traditional dedicated narrowband filtering no longer satisfies. During the last decade, several new radio receiver architectures and circuits have been proposed which offer more flexibility than traditional receivers with dedicated fixed filtering, while still achieving good sensitivity and robustness for interference. Different names have been used to refer to these receivers, e.g. reconfigurable receiver, multi-band receiver, wideband receiver, SAW-less receiver, software defined radio receiver or cognitive radio receiver. These receivers have in common that they all aim for a high dynamic range while relying less on fixed filters. This talk reviews several proposed concepts, e.g. linearization techniques, noise and distortion cancelling, Low Noise Transconductance Amplifiers followed by current-mode mixing, mixer-first receivers, frequency-translated N-path filtering, harmonic rejection and spatial interference rejection.

Eric Klumperink received his PhD from Twente University in Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1997 where he is currently an Associate Professor. He teaches Analog and RF CMOS IC Design and guides research projects focussing on Software Defined Radio and Beamforming. Eric served as Associate Editor for IEEE TCAS-I, TCAS-II and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), as TPC member of ISSCC (2011-2016) and the RFIC Symposium (2011-2020), and as SSC Distinguished Lecturer (2014/2015). He holds >10 patents, authored and co-authored >175 refereed journal and conference papers. He was recognized as top paper contributor to ISSCC, for >20 papers over 1954-2013, and was a co-recipient of the ISSCC 2002 and the ISSCC 2009 “Van Vessem Outstanding Paper Award”. Eric is an IEEE Fellow.

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