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IEEE SSCS Young Professionals Micro-Mentoring Event at ISSCC 2018



In conjunction with ISSCC 2018, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) will be holding a Young Professionals & Graduate Students Micro-Mentoring and Career Coaching Session. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6 PM in the Soma Room of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The complementary event is open to all graduate students, early career engineers, and faculty within 15 years of their degree. Leading experts from industry, academia, SSCS executive officers & distinguished lecturers will be available at the mentoring session to talk about career coaching, entrepreneurship, publications, and answer all your questions - both in a town-hall style and one-on-one. There will be complimentary snacks and beverages available for all participants. Student participants will get 1 year complimentary SSCS membership and a free SSCS t-shirt. Please click here to RSVP. Walk-in's are welcome. 

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ISSCC 2018 Workshop on Circuits for Social Good - Sunday, Feb 11, 2018



 ISSCC 2018 will hold a workshop on Circuits for Social Good. This workshop will highlight the various ways that circuits can help address some of the most important challenges facing society today, ranging from healthcare to energy conservation. The program aims to give a broad perspective of how one can have imact with speakers from industry, academia and startups, as well as interactive round-table discussions on topics such as machine learning, medical devices, and next generation communications and security. The workshop will be held in conjunction with ISSCC on February 11, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Keynotes will be delivered by Teresa Meng, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and Co-Founder of Atheros and Nevine Nassif, Intel Fellow. Invited talks include "Pioneering ultra-low power technologies to empower personal healthcare" by Esther Rodriguez-Villegas, Associate Professor at Imperial College London and "Driving a Ground-Breaking Ultrathin Flexible Printed Battery to Market - My Journey from Technologist to Entrepreneur" by Christine Ho, Co-Founder at Imprint Energy. There will also be round tables (ask an expert) on topics including next-generation communications, machine learning and multimedia systems, medical devices and applications, security and IoT, careers in industry, careers in academia, and entrepreneurship. For more information, please click here

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Upcoming SSCS Webinar - Channel Selection at RF



The SSCS webinar series continues with "Channel Selection at RF," Presented by Professor Behzad Razavi. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12 PM ET.  Please click here to register. This webinar has been pre-recorded. Prof. Razavi will be available online to answer questions about formulas, theories, etc. 

Abstract: A holy grail in RF design has been to perform channel selection at RF, i.e., remove strong interferers and even out-of-channel noise at the receiver input rather than in the baseband. Such an approach is attractive for it obviates the need for SAW filters and greatly relaxes the linearity requirements of the receiver chain, ultimately leading to a lower power consumption and a more compact design. This research demonstrates a universal CMOS receiver employing RF channel selection and meeting the exacting demands of GSM and WCDMA. Drawing upon commutated networks, we introduce the concept of the "Miller bandpass filter" and several of its variants so as to create a receiver that achieves a narrow channel bandwidth and can withstand large blockers. Realized in 65-nm technology, the prototype provides a programmable bandwidth from 350 kHz to 20 MHz and draws 20 mW.The noise figure is 2.9 dB in the absence of blockers and 5 dB with a 0-dBm blocker at 20-MHz offset.