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IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine

Issue 3 • Date Summer 2012

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  • [Front Cover]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): C1
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  • [Table of Contents]

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  • Society Listing

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  • [Contributors]

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  • Welcome to the Summer 2012 Issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine! [Editor's Note]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 4
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  • Spreading the Word Around the Globe [President's Corner]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 5
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  • An Instrumental Force: Emilio Gatti and Integrated Signal Processing [Guest Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Instrument of Progress: The Scientific Career of Emilio Gatti, In His Own Words

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):8 - 23
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    My name is Emilio Gatti. Born in Turin, Italy, in 1922, I lived throughout my high school years in Venice, at the Lido, where my family had recently settled. My father, who held a degree in engineering, served as a lieutenant in the Italian army during World War I. At the end of the war, in 1918, he was discharged from the army in Venice. Enchanted by that unique town, he ... View full abstract»

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  • A Decision of Which I Am Still Proud

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 10
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  • Conversion Experience: The Untold Story of Nuclear Science, Amplitude Measurement, and ADCs

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):24 - 35
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    Encoding analog signal amplitudes into digitized form has become one of the fundamental operations in microelectronics integrated circuits. Hundreds of engineers and scientists have contributed to the development of this field. Recent surveys have studied the evolution of A/D chip performance over the past few years; these include a 2010 study by Jonsson [1] and Murmann's onlin... View full abstract»

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  • The Silence of the Amps: Integrated Circuits for Very-Low-Noise Processing of Random Signals from Radiation Detectors

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):36 - 45
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    In this article, I will offer a brief overview of the progress toward the current state of the art of integrated circuits (ICs) for the sciences that make use of ionizing radiation (X- and c rays, electrons, protons, ions, and alpha particles) for the discovery or study of fundamental phenomena in nature. Two examples of these are astrophysics, which use radiation spectrom... View full abstract»

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  • Sideward Depletion: A Novel Detector Family Pushes the Performance of the Integrated Front End to New Heights

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):46 - 54
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    To fully understand the breakthrough represented by the concept of sideward depletion, not only in the field of radiation detection but also for the integrated low-noise front end, we have to go back to the late 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s to see what was then the state of the art in detector and front-end electronics design. View full abstract»

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  • Picosecond Stopwatches: The Evolution of Time-to-Digital Converters

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):55 - 59
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    The measurement of time intervals with high resolution, precision, and stability on a large number of channels has been used in a multitude of large-scale scientific experiments in particle and nuclear physics. In the early 1950s, however, no standard instruments were available to measure time intervals with subnanosecond time resolution for such scientific experiments. The nov... View full abstract»

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  • Keeping Capacitance Small: The Quest to Integrate Electronics on High-Resistivity, Fully Depleted Detectors

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):60 - 64
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    It was 1983 when the first experimental result proved that it was possible to produce a semiconductor detector of virtually any area (even as big as a wafer) and sensitive throughout the whole volume but with a tiny, low-capacitance collecting electrode. The device was fully depleted of carriers, as in a reverse junction single diode but through the full wafer thickness, and th... View full abstract»

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  • A Mentor and a Role Model: A Tribute to Emilio Gatti

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):65 - 66
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    My first year of college at the Politecnico di Milano was 1966, a year of turmoil in colleges wordwide, when the Free Speech Movement started in Berkeley. Students in Italy began acting on their restlessness in late 1967-early 1968 in schools of architecture. The Politecnico di Milano had two branches: architecture and engineering. Engineering students were traditionally m... View full abstract»

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  • A Nanosecond Vernier Time Analyzer

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):67 - 73
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    The instrument is the result of the development work started three years ago when we introduced the Vernier method (1), (2), (3), (4), but since then other instruments, based on the Vernier technique, have been developed (5), (6) and used (7). The block scheme of the instrument is shown in Fig. 1. View full abstract»

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  • ??IEEE SSCS DL Vladimir Stojanovic Lectures at SEMINATEC 2012: Seventh Annual Workshop on Semiconductors and Micro- and Nanotechnology Sponsored by SSCS-Sao Paulo in April [People]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):74 - 76
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  • Shower of IC Stars at SSCS Chapters in Taiwan: SSCS DL Bogdan Staszewski, Texas Tech??s Donald Y.C. Lie, and the Venerable K.C. Smith Visit in April and May [People]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):77 - 78
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  • Rakesh Kumar Meets with SSCS Leaders in Poland: SSCS President Offers DL Talk, ??Semiconductor Industry Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities,?? in Cracow and Warsaw [People]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 79
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  • SSCS India Council Chapter Pesents MMECS 2012 Mini-Colloquium for Local Colleges in Southern India [Chapters]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):81 - 83
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  • SSCS-Kharkiv Student Branch Chapter Hosts International Forum of Young Scientists: 500 from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, and 20 More Cities [Chapters]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):83 - 85
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  • IEEE SSCS-PES Leuven Student Branch Organizes 6th Annual Microelectronics Symposium in March: Invited Talks Explore Sensing and Sensor Systems [Chapters]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):85 - 86
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  • ESAT-MICAS Stages Second "Solders of Fortune" Challenge to Attract Students to Electrical Engineering: KU Leuven Undergraduates Discover a Hidden Truth Using a PIC-Controller Platform [Chapters]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):86 - 87
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  • SSCS-LA Celebrates Resurgence with Guest Lecture by Barrie Gilbert [Chapters]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):87 - 88
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  • 6th Annual ??Topics on Microelectronics?? Seminar Held by SSCS-Italy: Programs in January and May at the University of Pavia [Chapters]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):88 - 89
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Each issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine is a self-contained resource for fundamental theories and practical advances within the field of Integrated Circuits (ICs)

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R. Jacob (Jake) Baker
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