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In Memoriam

David Hodges

David A. Hodges, a former dean of UC Berkeley's College of Engineering and an active IEEE, Solid-State Circuits Council, and Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) volunteer, passed away on November 13, 2022. Professor Hodges served as Chairman of the Solid-State Circuits Council, which preceded SSCS, in 1975, and was SSCS Treasurer from 1998-2004. He also served as IEEE’s Vice President of Publications, Chair of the IEEE Awards Board, and was the founding editor of IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing and editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. In conferences, he was largely responsible for moving the International Solid-State Circuits Conference from Philadelphia to San Francisco. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE and awarded the IEEE Education Medal.

Read more about his life and accomplishments here.

Katherine Olstein

Katherine Olstein (nee Bruder), an accomplished scholar and loving mother and grandmother, died peacefully on Feb. 7 in her home in Highland Park, N.J. She was 80 years old. Katherine served as News Editor of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine and was instrumental to that publication's launch; she also was a Senior Society Administrator at the Solid-State Circuits Society from 2005 to 2015. She is remembered by staff and volunteers as an extraordinary, wonderful, and joyful individual. A full memorial article from her local newspaper can be found 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.

For more information click here.


  • Proposal deadline: May 1, 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 Webinar for Young Excellence

Transforming Academic Research into Commercial Venture

Virtual Webinar presented by Harish Krishnaswamy and Benton Calhoun

Register Here!

Join us on Friday, April 21st at 9:30 AM EST.

As a graduate student or young researcher, you might be curious about how to “commercialize” your research. You probably have an exciting idea for a startup based on your research, but you don’t know how to transform it into a commercially viable prototype. You might think about starting a company but have difficulty deciding what should spin out. Moving ideas from lab and research papers to the market requires a thorough decision-making process, market research, time management, and all the tool sets that are beyond what can be imagined! In this episode, we invite two seasoned professionals who had successful experiences turning their research in solid-state circuits into valuable products. They will share their personal journey and insights on how research work can be effectively commercialized and promoted. After their sharing, they will also take the audiences’ questions.

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