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February 12th, 2010

RF/MMIC CMOS Circuits/Systems for Emerging Applications

Dr. Qun Jane Gu, UCLA

Seminar: EEB 248, 2.00pm, Friday February 12, 2010

Wide employment of emerging applications mandates low cost, high reliability systems, for which CMOS technology holds high potential due to its unprecedented integration capabilities. This talk will cover 3 emerging/projected applications by CMOS. The first one is high throughput, low overhead RF interconnect, which addresses the exponential increasing speed and bandwidth requirements for sophisticated systems such as Network-On-Chip, System-In-Package fueled by deep scaled CMOS technology. However, deep scaled CMOS technology has wide spread process corners and parameter variations, which degrade the circuits/systems yield and increase the cost. The second topic then focuses on System-on-Chip self-healing techniques to build a reliable, high yield CMOS 60GHz transceiver for multi-Gbps short range communications. Thanks to further boosted speed, CMOS begins to find its arena in the “missing THz gap” regime. The last part exemplifies some CMOS THz circuits for high potential THz imaging system for numerous applications: medical diagnosis, military, biology, astronomy etc.

Qun Jane Gu received the B.S. and M.S. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1997 and 2000, the M.S. from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 2002 and the Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 all in electrical engineering. She received UCLA fellowship in 2003 and Dissertation Year Fellowship in 2007. After graduation, she joined Wionics Realtek research group as a senior design engineer on CMOS 60GHz transceiver for System-on-Chip. Since March 2009, she is a postdoctoral researcher in UCLA. Her research interest spans high efficiency, low power interconnect, mm-wave and sub-mm-wave integrated circuits and SoC design techniques, as well as CMOS THz imaging systems.