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2014 SSCS Adcom
The SSCS AdCom during its biannual meeting on February 9, 2014 in San Francisco. Next fall, the group will meet in Venice, Italy, to coincide with ESSCIRC.
SSCS Chapter Chairs  Luncheon, February 2014
Thirty chapter representatives met and remet at the 2014 SSCS Chapter Chair Luncheon during ISSCC in February.
IEEE "Rapid Post" makes new JSSC articles available in advance of the full electronic and print issues. Rapid posted articles are peer-reviewed and edited, but not paginated.
SSCS Magazine
The quarterly IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine celebrates and summarizes the work of pioneering and contemporary inventors of key IC technologies with invited, tutorial-level feature papers to keep SSCS members technically in the know.
SSCS DL Program Fall 2014
DL Roster through 2015:Wim Dehaene, Payam Heydari, Eric Klumperink, John Long, Borivoje Nikolic, Ullrich Pfeiffer, Jan Rabaey, Sang-Pan U (Ben), Francesco Svelto, Jan Van der Spiegel.
ISSCC 2015 Small Chips for Big Data
ISSCC 2015 will explore Big Data advances in system and circuits technology and architectures that have arisen and are on the horizon to meet the challenges of IoT, healthcare, machine learning, sensor systems, and the worldwide web, opening new vistas for society with opportunities for new lifestyles .
ISSCC Academic and Industrial Demonstration Sessions, held each year during the evening social hours, feature informal interactions between conference goers and the authors orf papers, selected from the regular sessions, that exemplify real-life applications of new ICs presented at the conference.
2014 SSCS membership offers the new RFIC Virtual Journal -- a curated, multi-media collection of papers from the publications of 3 IEEE societies -- in addition to all SSCS-sponsored content in IEEE Xplore, including the JSSC and the tutorial SSCS Magazine, A quarterly members-only webinar lecture series is also planned.
High-Tech High Heels
SSCS is a new supporter of the High-Tech High Heels summer camp program for high school juniors considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Backed by the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee, the 10-year-old project offers intensive two-week workshops on Advanced Placement physics.
Dr. Irwin Jacobs IEEE MOH 2013
The Society wishes to congratulate IEEE Life Fellow Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm Founder and 2013 IEEE Medal of Honor recipient, pictured here with SSCS President Dr. Rakesh Kumar, and past Presidents Dr. Lew Terman and Prof. Bruce Wooley at a Qualcomm reception in San Diego on June 6th.
SSCS President Bill Biderman presents plaque to Rakesh Kumar during 2014 Adcom.

Featured News

Upcoming Webinar with Boris Murmann- "Back to the Future: Analog Signal Processing"

12:00 EST, February 12, 2015

In the early days of my engineering career, analog circuit design was viewed as doomed and no longer needed in the long run. Future systems would be almost entirely digital and rely on standard analog interfaces that need no further optimization. As we all know, such predictions were wrong, and even today, innovation in analog interfaces is crucial. Nonetheless, it is true that analog interfaces often play only a minor role in the overall task of selecting and processing the relevant information. This is evidenced, for example, by our constant craving for "software defined" devices in which all available information is dumped into the digital domain and sorted out using purely digital processing.

In this talk, I will review a number of research ideas in which analog blocks participate more actively in the acquisition, selection and processing of the desired information. We will discuss concepts related to "fooling Nyquist" and extracting desired analog-domain information using low-rate and low-bandwidth observations. In addition, we will investigate the potential for mixed-signal co-processors in machine learning algorithms and other applications that can benefit from approximate computing and analog pre-processing.
Bio: Boris Murmann is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. From 1994 to 1997, he was with Neutron Microelectronics, Germany, where he developed low-power and smart-power ASICs in automotive CMOS technology. Dr. Murmann’s research interests are in the area of mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with special emphasis on data converters and sensor interfaces. In 2008, he was a co-recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the VLSI Circuits Symposium in 2008 and a recipient of the Best Invited Paper Award at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). He received the Agilent Early Career Professor Award in 2009 and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in 2012. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and as the Data Converter Subcommittee Chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He is a fellow of the IEEE.

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CFP for JXCDC - A New Interdisciplinary Open Access Journal

jxcdc banner-r-koThe JXCDC, a new multi-disciplinary Open Access IEEE journal cosponsore by the Solid-State Circuits Society, is dedicated to the publication of solid-state circuits research using exploratory materials and devices for novel energy efficient computation beyond standard CMOS(Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) transistor technology.

JXCDC will focus on the exploration of materials, devices and computation circuits to enable Moore’s Law to continue for computation beyond a 10 to 15 year horizon -- the end of the roadmap for CMOS technologies --  with density scaling and improved energy efficiency. Appropriate topics are research milestones in the integration of exploratory materials, devices and computation circuits based upon any of the following:

• Quantum electronic charge based devices (e.g. tunneling)
• Spintronics and Nanomagnetics devices
• Straintronics (piezo-electric) devices
• Functional materials
• High fan-in, fan-out logic circuits based on new devices
• Reconfigurable and non-volatile computation circuits
• Computation circuits comprehending the on-chip communication means.




First Pre-Conference Preparation Offered to the Public

issccx poster2015 jpgThis year, for the first time, the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) will offer an online tutorial course prior to the conference to prepare participants  to maximize their conference experience.

issccx prereg qr codeOpen to the public at no cost, the 11-module set of 10-18-minute videos titled "ISSCC Previews: Circuit and System Insights" introduces several key circuit concepts, trends, and  broad themes that will be central to ISSCC 2015.

"ISSCC Previews: Circuit and System Insights" is now open to everyone for pre-registration at The modules,  powered by the edX platform on the IEEx school site, will be posted online on December 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

Each video, taught by a leading expert, will provide background for, and an overview of, state-of-the-art essentails and  key challenges facing solid-state circuit design today in several fields, including wireless and wireline communication, analog, digital, and memory. Optional questions at the end will enable participants to test their understanding of the material. The eleven modules are:

  • How Far Can We Go With Electrical I/O?, Elad Alon, University of California, Berkeley
  • Exascale Computing—Fact or Fiction?, Shekhar Borkar, Intel
  • Voltage Scaling Limits: How Low Can Vmin Go?, Leland Chang, IBM
  • Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Integrated Circuits in Silicon Technologies: Challenges and Solutions, Payam Heydari, University of California, Irvine
  • Creating Energy Efficient Digital Systems, Mark Horowitz, Stanford University
  • Innovation Trend of Semiconductor Memories, Nicky Lu, Etron Technology, Inc.
  • Techniques and Trade-offs in Low Power Wireless Transceivers, Al Molnar, Cornell University
  • A/D Converter Figures of Merit and Performance Trends, Boris Murmann, Stanford University
  • N-Path Filters, Bram Nauta, University of Twente - Impact of Scaling on Analog Design, Willy Sansen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • How to Extract Power from a Solar Cell, Stefano Stanzione, IMEC Netherlands


ISSCC is the flagship conference of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, and  the premier forum for advances in solid-state circuits and integrated systems-on-a-chip. Held annually in San Francisco, the 2015 conference will celebrate its 62nd anniversary, and is expected to attract over 3000 circuit experts from around the world.

ISSCC 2015 will feature more than 200 stimulating technical papers covering the latest innovations in circuit and system design.In addition, there will be three exciting Plenary talks; Plenary videos from recent years can be found at the ISSCC website:

Five Elected for AdCom 2015-2017


2015-2017 adcom electees

In September balloting, Andreia Cathelin, Pavan Hanumolu and Patrick Yue gained places on the SSCS Administrative Committee with Kofi Makinwa and Roland Thewes, who returned for second terms.

Click here for their bios

Upcoming SSCS Conferences

2015 IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference - (ISSCC)
San Francisco, CA USA Feb 22, 2015 - Feb 26, 2015
2015 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference - CICC 2015
San Jose, CA USA Sep 28, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
2016 IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference - (ISSCC)
San Francisco, CA USA Jan 31, 2016 - Feb 4, 2016
2016 IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits
Honolulu, HI USA Jun 15, 2016 - Jun 17, 2016
2017 IEEE International Solid- State Circuits Conference - (ISSCC)
San Francisco, CA USA Feb 5, 2017 - Feb 9, 2017
2015 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE)
Grenoble cedex 2, France Mar 9, 2015 - Mar 13, 2015
2015 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC)
100 N 3rd St, AZ USA May 17, 2015 - May 19, 2015
2015 Symposium on VLSI Circuits
Kyoto, Japan Jun 16, 2015 - Jun 19, 2015
2015 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS)
New Orleans, LA USA Oct 11, 2015 - Oct 14, 2015
2015 International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF)
Gjøvik, Norway Mar 3, 2015 - Mar 4, 2015
2015 International Conference on Biometrics (ICB)
Phuket, Thailand May 20, 2015 - May 22, 2015
2015 Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD)
Austin, TX USA Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
2015 XVIII AISEM Annual Conference
Trento, Italy Feb 3, 2015 - Feb 5, 2015

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