Honorary lecture : The Design of Low Power Analog Integrated Circuits in Nanometer CMOS Technologies


Event details

Date 27.04.2023
Hour 18:0019:00
Speaker Prof. Christian Enz
SG 1
Category Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture
Event Language English
  • Welcome from the Dean, Prof. Ali H. Sayed
  • Introduction by Prof. Jean-Philippe Thiran, IEM Director
  • First presentation by Prof. Christian Enz
  • Presentation by Prof. Asad Abidi (UCLA)
  • Second presentation on EPFL Neuchâtel by Prof. Christian Enz (in French)
  • Conclusion

The most important application of integrated circuits today is probably the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Combining sensor nodes and wireless communication, they are setting more and more stringent requirements on their energy consumption. Together with wearable and implanted devices, they have become the primary drivers for the design of low-power analog and RF circuits. The implementation of increasingly complex functions under highly constrained power and area budgets, while circumventing the challenges posed by advanced nanometer CMOS technologies, makes analog and RF circuit design ever more challenging. In this lecture we will show how simple device models combined with a systematic design methodology can guide the analog designer through the design space to reach the target specifications avoiding an extensive use of simulators often leading to an uncompetitive trial-and-error approach.

Short biography
Christian Enz joined EPFL full-time in 2013 as full professor heading the Integrated Circuits Lab (ICLAB). From 2013 to July 2021 he was Director of the Institute of Microengineering (IMT) and of the EPFL campus in Neuchâtel. Before joining EPFL full-time, besides being an Adjunct Professor, he was VP at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) where he was heading the Integrated and Wireless Systems Division. Prior to joining CSEM, he was Principal Senior Engineer at Conexant (formerly Rockwell Semiconductor Systems), Newport Beach, CA, USA. His research and teaching are mostly focused on the design of ultra low-power and low-noise analog and RF integrated circuits and semiconductor device modeling. Together with E. Vittoz and F. Krummenacher he is the developer of the EKV MOS transistor model which is used today by industry for the design of low-power analog integrated circuits. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and an individual member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW).


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