2019 - 2020 SSCS Student Hoodie Design Contest

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society  - “Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era” – Student and Graduate Student Hoodie Design Contest 

The winning design will be made into a hoodie (a hooded sweatshirt) and distributed to all SSCS Student & Graduate Student Members at ISSCC 2020.  


iStock 518481305THEME 

  • This year’s theme is in line with the 2020 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Theme – “Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era”  

  • The steady advancement of solid-state circuits has led to technological betterment in our daily living, demonstrated by exploding applications ranging from medical, wearable and mobile electronics to IoT, virtual reality, autonomous driving and robotics. While the widespread excitement resides in the applications where end-users touch and feel, the systems are enabled by integrated circuits engines that are woven into this technological fabric of our lives. Galvanized by this reality, the solid-state circuits community is driven to enhance the platform that continues to evolve. With much enthusiasm and anticipation, and even uncertainty, we look onward to this emerging AI era. 

  • Your Task: Design a hoodie that illustrates how integrated circuits power the artificial intelligence era. How do solid-state circuits play a role in the era of artificial intelligence? 

  • Read more about the ISSCC 2020 Theme here.  



 The first-place winner of the 2019-2020 SSCS Student Hoodie Contest is Linda Gong, Graduate Student - Integrated Circuits and VLSI, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

linda gong hoodieNote about the design from Linda: The design features the overlay of a printed circuit board containing multiple IC's on top of the human brain. The main chip is located in the center of the human mind, indicating the convergence of intelligence and computing. Further, the PCB/IC system design is taken from a real, working board that is used to monitor and mitigate tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. This is to represent the application of IC design to the healthcare field and our understanding of biological processes. The full system features the main SoC, a peripheral accelerometer IC, antenna and microstrip line, JTAG conntector, and other electronic components. The SSCS logo sits on top of the main microcontroller, which symbolizes the importance of solid state circuit design in developing technology for AI. Additionally, the system on this design is low-power and wireless, which reflects on the direction of circuit design in terms of low-power, battery-less, and high-speed operation. The PCB design is open to the public, and designed by myself as well so it is free to use.


 Congratulations to 2nd place winner, Olayiwola Samuel Pipelolu, Obafemi Awolowo University and 3rd place winner, Mahdi Javid, Arizona State University.