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THz and mm-wave circuit design in CMOS - Presented by Prof. Patrick Reynaert

11:00 AM ET
Webinar - Online
Abira Altvater –
Prof. Patrick Reynaert


Abstract - The need for more bandwidth has increased the interest in mm-wave and THz electronics for wireless communication. Supported by technology scaling, it became possible to use standard Silicon technologies. This resulted into entire mm-wave systems on a Silicon chip, with 77GHz automotive radar and 5G frontends as key examples. But these high frequencies also enable novel or yet-to-be-commercialized applications like THz imaging and sensing, and innovative communication links like dielectric waveguides for high-speed datatransmission.
This webinar will discuss some of the key design techniques and methodologies to design mm-wave and THz circuits in standard Silicon technologies, including 40nm and 28nm Bulk and 16nm Finfet. Several examples operating at 77GHz and 140GHz will be discussed, but also more explorative circuits operating at 400GHz and 600GHz (above the fmax of the technology) will be presented. The focus will be on both the transistor-level approach to obtain the best possible performance from CMOS, as well as on some novel architectures and concepts to get Silicon to work beyond 500GHz.

Bio- Patrick Reynaert was born in Wilrijk, Belgium, in 1976. He received the Master of Industrial Sciences in Electronics (ing.) from the Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerpen, Belgium in 1998 and both the Master of Electrical Engineering (ir.) and the Ph.D. in Engineering Science (dr.) from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium in 2001 and 2006 respectively. During 2006-2007, he was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, with the support of a BAEF Francqui Fellowship. During the summer of 2007, he was a visiting researcher at Infineon, Villach, Austria. Since October 2007, he is a Professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT-MICAS). His main research interests include mm-wave and THz CMOS circuit design, high-speed circuits and RF power amplifiers.
Dr. Reynaert is a Senior Member of the IEEE and chair of the IEEE SSCS Benelux Chapter. He serves on the TPC of ISSCC and ESSCIRC and has served on the TPC of RFIC and IEDM. He was Associate Editor for TCAS-I and is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He received the 2011 TSMC-Europractice Innovation Award and the 2014 Bell Labs Prize. He has co-founded two University start-ups in the field of mm-waves and THz electronics: Hammer-IMS (2016) and Tusk-IC (2018).