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SSCS Arduino Contest

What is the Arduino Contest? SSCS is running a competition throughout the USA and Canada challenging high-school and undergraduate students to compete for REAL CASH PRIZES!

Our Mission: To show how fun and easy electronics can be!

Join Us  - As we learn to program Arduino microcontrollers and use numerous sensors, actuators, controls, and displays.

We supply: Tools  •  Lessons  •  Motivation

All you need is: Courage to take the first step!

Learn more here!

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SSCS "PICO" Open-Source Chipathon

The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society is pleased to announce its third open-source integrated circuit (IC) design contest under the umbrella of its PICO Program (Platform for IC Design Outreach). While this contest is open to any individual or team, we encourage the participation of pre-college students, undergraduates, and geographical regions that are underrepresented within the IC design community. 

The goal of this chipathon is to bring together IC design newbies, enthusiasts and experienced mentors to benefit from the collaboration opportunities enabled by the rapidly growing open-source IC design movement. In contrast to previous chipathon editions (which were open-ended), this year’s goal is to create a specific set of building blocks that can be re-used to benefit the community as a whole.

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  • Proposal deadline EXTENDED - May 8, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Time 

  • Announcement of selected teams: May 15, 2023

  • Start of online meetups: June 2023

  • Tapeout deadline: December 2023

Technology Spotlight

SSCS June Webinar

Energy-Efficient Broadband Silicon-Based Terahertz Circuits for Emerging Wireless Applications

Virtual Webinar presented by Dr. Wenhua Chen

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Join us on Wednesday June, 7th at 7 AM ET.

With the evolution of wireless communication and sensing, the spectrum resource above 100GHz has attracted much attention and extensive research. Owing to the advantages on integration level and low cost, and increasing cut-off frequency, silicon-based technology has strong potential in terahertz applications. However, due to the low voltage and high substrate loss, the performance of silicon-based circuits is limited. In this talk, we will address these challenges and overview the research progress in this field, and introduce our recent works including energy-efficient power amplifier and front-end circuits.

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