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John R. Long, Delft University of Technology


Future Directions for RF IC Design in Silicon Microelectronic Technologies

Monday, May 17, 1:30pm
Gates Commons

Host: Chris Rudell


The growth in mobile communication technology driven by innovations in radio architecture, circuit design and technology scaling has astonished the experts and exceeded almost every expectation. With current cellular phone sales exceeding one billion units per year and a projected market for mobile technology and services of greater than $1,000 billion by 2020, RF IC technology continues to drive innovations in data networking and personal connectivity.

However, even as we look back and celebrate our success in establishing mobile telephony, constraints on RF IC performance imposed by deep submicron CMOS technology are dimming the prospects of developing truly scalable analog/RF circuits using conventional circuit topologies. Potential solutions to the design of adaptive, wideband and possibly scalable RF receiver front-ends will be described. Finally, some of the directions which current research work in millimeter-wave to ultrawideband and sensor networks for future RF IC applications are projected.


John R. Long received the M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He was employed for over 10 years by Bell-Northern Research, Ottawa and from 1996 to 2001 as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in Canada. Since January 2002 he has been chair of the Electronics Research Laboratory at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His current research interests include transceiver circuits for integrated wireless and high-speed wireline data communications systems.

Professor Long is a former Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Solid-State Circuits Society. He chaired the RF circuits subcommittee for ISSCC 2010, and is a member of the technical program committees for the European Solid-State Circuits (ESSCIRC) and European Microwave IC (EuMIC) conferences.

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