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  • Cramming more components onto integrated circuits, Reprinted from Electronics, volume 38, number 8, April 19, 1965, pp.114 ff.

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):33 - 35
    Cited by:  Papers (14)
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    Moore's theories about the future of transistor technology first appeared in Electronics magazine in April 1965. Termed a "law" years later by Caltech professor Carver Mead, Moore's Law went on to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. View full abstract»

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  • The Stacked Capacitor DRAM Cell and Three-Dimensional Memory

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):37 - 41
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    The author chronicles the development of the stacked three-dimensional (3D) DRAM cell, highlighting his role in solving the problems of memory data-bandwidth and forecasting a dramatic increase in memory capacity based on his current work using "super-chip" integration technology. View full abstract»

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  • The Electronic Watch and Low-Power Circuits

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):7 - 23
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    Renowned as an expert in low-power CMOS circuit design and for groundbreaking work with miniature electronic devices, Dr. Eric A. Vittoz relates his life, work and times in this original retrospective for the SSCS News. According to Yannis Tsividis, also in this issue, Dr. Vittoz's influence continues to grow, as low voltage and low power become increasingly important in the engineering of mobile ... View full abstract»

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  • Progress in digital integrated electronics [Technical literaiture, Copyright 1975 IEEE. Reprinted, with permission. Technical Digest. International Electron Devices Meeting, IEEE, 1975, pp. 11-13.]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):36 - 37
    Cited by:  Papers (149)
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    This article is reprinted from the Internaional Electron Devices Meeting (1975). It discusses the complexity of integrated circuits, identifies their manufacture, production, and deployment, and addresses trends to their future deployment. View full abstract»

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  • A Short Story of the EKV MOS Transistor Model

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):24 - 30
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The EKV MOS transistor model and design methodology evolved from the first weak inversion transistor models of the 1970's. In this first-hand account, Christian Enz chronicles the evolution of the hierarchical structure, limited parameters and flexibility of the EKV model that he developed with colleagues such as Francois Krummenacher and Eric Vittoz (the "E" "K" and "V" of EKV) at the Centre Elec... View full abstract»

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  • Computer Architecture and Amdahl's Law

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):4 - 9
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    In this thumbnail autobiography, Dr. Amdahl describes his early career, beginning with a serendipitous programming assignment as a graduate student in physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1950 and culminating in the formulation of "Amdahl's Law" in 1967. View full abstract»

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  • A 30 Year Retrospective on Dennard's MOSFET Scaling Paper

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):11 - 13
    Cited by:  Papers (32)
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    The MOSFET scaling principles for obtaining simultaneous improvements in transistor density, switching speed, and power dissipation described by Robert H. Dennard and others in "Design of Ion-implanted MOSFETs with Very Small Physical Dimensions" (1974 ) became a roadmap for the semiconductor industry to provide systematic and predictable transistor improvements. New technology generations emergin... View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: Matching properties of MOS transistors

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):6 - 7
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    Published in the October 1989 JSSC, “Matching properties of MOS transistors” by Marcel J.M. Pelgrom, Aad C.J. Duinmaijer, and Anton P.G. Welbers of Phillips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, Netherlands, is a classic article. It has been cited more than 150 times according the Journal Citation Report, 2003 Science Edition. The concepts were presented first in the fall meeting of ESSC... View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: The Gilbert cell, the linear mixer with gain, in CMOS or bipolar

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 6
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    The Gilbert cell, initially designed with bipolar transistors to operate as a precision multiplier, is widely used in modern communication systems as a mixer and frequency translator. The Gilbert cell offers advantages such as high conversion gain and high port-to-port isolation. Its principle of operation is technology independent and can be realized in bipolar or CMOS processes. Because of their... View full abstract»

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  • Validity of the Single Processor Approach to Achieving Large Scale Computing Capabilities, Reprinted from the AFIPS Conference Proceedings, Vol. 30 (Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 18–20), AFIPS Press, Reston, Va., 1967, pp. 483–485, when Dr. Amdahl was at International Business Machines Corporation, Sunnyvale, California

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):19 - 20
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    Reprinted from the AFIPS Conference Proceedings, Vol. 30 (Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 18-20), AFIPS Press, Reston, Va., 1967, pp. 483-485, when Dr. Amdahl was at International Business Machines Corporation, Sunnyvale,California. This influential article by Dr. Amdahl demonstrated the validity of the single processor approach, based on statistical characteristics of computation on computers from the ... View full abstract»

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  • Design of ion-implanted MOSFET's with very small physical dimensions

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):38 - 50
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    This paper considers the design, fabrication, and characterization of very small MOSFET switching devices suitable for digital integrated circuits using dimensions of the order of 1μ. Scaling relationships are presented which show how a conventional MOSFET can be reduced in size. An improved small device structure is presented that uses ion implantation to proVide shallow source and drain ... View full abstract»

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  • A precise four-quadrant multiplier with subnanosecond response

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):29 - 37
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    Reprinted from the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 3, No. 4 (1968), pp. 365-373. Among the most signficant presentations in the 50-year history of the ISSCC, Barrie Gilbert's classic paper has become the fifth most frequently cited JSSC article and the first to be cited over 100 times. His brilliant insight was in recognizing that the dependability of a bipolar transistor's nonlinearity... View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: Low-power CMOS digital design

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 6
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    This article is one of a series on the most frequently cited papers from the JSSC according to The Journal Citation Report-Science Edition. “Low-power CMOS digital design” by A. P. Chandrakasan, S. Sheng, and R. W. Brodersen originally appeared in April 1992. It is the second most frequently cited in the history of JSSC and is still the most recent paper of any frequently cited from ... View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: Sigma-Delta converters

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 5
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    The 1988 classic paper by Bernhard E. Boser and Bruce A. Wooley, “The design of sigma-delta modulation analog-to-digital converters,” joins the Web list of frequently cited articles from the JSSC (sscs.org/jssc/top-cites.htm). The list contains Journal articles that have been cited more than 100 times according to the recently updated Scientific Index published by Thomson ISI. There ... View full abstract»

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  • The Impact of Moore's Law

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):25 - 27
    Cited by:  Papers (9)
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    The ever-increasing number of integrated transistors on silicon chips has earned fame as "Moore's Law," according to which miniaturization and "cleverness" (more compact device designs) reduce cost-per-element, increase storage capacity, and promote reliability. Low-cost integrated electronics have revolutionized everyday life and expanded the role of computation in science and engineering. View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: All-MOS charge-redistribution A/D conversion technique

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):7 - 8
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    This sixth most frequently cited JSSC article by Jim McCreary and Paul Gray at UC Berkeley, appeared in December 1975. McCreary recalls the background impact and legacy. View full abstract»

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  • Eric Vittoz and the Strong Impact of Weak Inversion Circuits

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 58
    Cited by:  Papers (8)
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    In a groundbreaking and now classic 1977 paper, Eric Vittoz and J. Fellrath meticulously characterized and developed models for devices operating in the weak inversion region, as well as a variety of circuit building blocks that could operate and exploit the exponential characteristics in this region. Their killer application -- the electronic watch -- employed techniques that are now used in a sc... View full abstract»

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  • Crystal fire: the invention, development and impact of the transistor

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):24 - 29
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    [Adapted from Chapter 1 of "Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age," by M. Riordan and L. Hoddeson, 1997, W.W. Norton & Co.] This book by Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson recounts the lives of John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley, the three principal inventors of the transistor, and the revolutionary discoveries of others including Robert Noyce, Jean Hoerni and J.S. Kilby... View full abstract»

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  • Lithography and the future of Moore's Law

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):37 - 42
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    Semiconductor technology has made its great strides as a result of ever increasing complexity of the products produced exploiting higher and higher density to a considerable extent the result of progress in lithography. This article reviews the history and past performance of Moore's Law relative to predictions and shows where the advances have come from. View full abstract»

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  • Recollections on MOSFET Scaling

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):19 - 22
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    In mid-1970, Bob Dennard , Fritz Gaensslen and Larry Kuhn formalized the constant-field scaling theory and its limitations. Bob Dennard went on to contribute profoundly to the demonstration of the feasibility of MOSFET scaling and led the way into implementation in real products. Scaled CMOS has become the dominant technology for digital and many analog applications and will continue to be a funda... View full abstract»

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  • So many articles, so little time: Web site feature brings rich content of JSSC to readers

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):11 - 12
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    “So Many Articles, So Little Time” affords busy engineers new ways to use the Journal of Solid State Circuits. Engineers and other researchers can now filter the Journal in four distinct ways using the site: JSSC Bests, JSSC Classics, JSSC Tutorials, and JSSC Zeitgeist. A link to IEEE Xplore® launches a new window, members authenticate, and the full text article is presented. ... View full abstract»

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  • Recent JSSC articles are classics

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 7
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    The list of most cited JSSC articles has been updated with a 58% increase in since the last 2003 update. The list, dubbed Classics, includes all JSSC articles cited by authors more than 100 times according to Thomson ISI, a publisher noted for presenting quantifiable statistical data that provides a systematic, objective way to evaluate the world's leading journals and their impact and influence i... View full abstract»

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  • Bell's Law for the Birth and Death of Computer Classes: A theory of the Computer's Evolution

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):8 - 19
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    In 1951 a man could walk inside a computer. By 2010, a computer cluster with millions of processors will have expanded to building size. In this new paper Gordon Bell explains the history of the computing industry, positing a general theory ("Bell's Law) for the creation, evolution, and death of computer classes since 1951. Using the exponential transistor density increases forecast by Moore's Law... View full abstract»

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  • Advances in Ultra-Low-Voltage Design

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):20 - 27
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    The idea of exploiting weak-inversion operation for low power, pioneered by Dr. Eric Vittoz in the 1960's, has led to many recent advances in sub-threshold circuit design, described in this paper by MIT's Anantha Chandrakasan and Joyce Kwong. In the near future, exciting new applications such as medical monitoring, toxic gas sensors and next-generation portable video gadgets in a number of systems... View full abstract»

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  • Razavi speaks in Taiwan about “A new receiver architecture for multi-antenna systems”

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 11
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    Dr. Behzad Razavi of the University of California, Los Angeles presented a talk on “A New Receiver Architecture for Multi-Antenna Systems” at the National Chiao-Tung University, Department of Electronics in Hsichu, Taiwan on 3 November 2005. View full abstract»

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  • The beginning of translinear circuit design

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):6 - 7
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    In the autumn of 1954, I met my lifetime companion and partner, whom we'll identify just by the initials “BJT,” at a research lab in the south of England. After a decade of deepening familiarity and joyous discovery together, we moved to Oregon, to continue our adventures at Tektronix. This company, dedicated to fashioning the world's finest oscilloscopes, took the unusual step in 19... View full abstract»

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  • Revisiting "Evolution of the MOSFET Dynamic RAM – A Personal View"

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):10 - 16
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    This first-person account of the early days of semiconductor memory development is reprinted from the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Vol ED-31, no 11, Nov. 1984, pp 1549-1555. In it the author explains how his invention of DRAM came about and he chronicles the evolution of DRAM technology from 1967 through 1984. In that period, he reports, there was a lot of circuit and architectural innov... View full abstract»

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  • Microwatt Switched Capacitor Circuit Design: Prepared for a Summer Course at K.U. Leuven, 1981

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):35 - 48
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    Summer Course on Switched Capacitor Circuits, June 9-12, 1981, K. U. Leuven Eric Vittoz prepared this seminal paper in 1981 for a summer course at K.U.Leuven. After reviewing the behavior of MOS devices at very low current, it examines the CMOS implementation of the three basic components of SC circuits (switches, matched capacitors, amplifiers), and weighs the tradeoffs between low power, settlin... View full abstract»

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  • ISSCC focuses on power management

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):1 - 4
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    ISSCC 2003 in San Francisco, California, 9–13 February, will introduce major breakthroughs in a broad spectrum of cutting-edge wireless and portable products. The conference theme this year is “Power-aware systems.” View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: The lowest Vdd for CMOS was defined in 1972

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 13
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    The April 1972 article by R. M. Swanson and James Meindl from the JSSC “Ion-implanted complementary MOS transistors in low-voltage circuits” was noted as among the most cited articles according to the Journal Citation Report 2000 Science Edition. With 128 citations, the article is among the top 10 most frequently cited since the Journal's inception in 1966. View full abstract»

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  • ISSCC short course CD available

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):6 - 7
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    The popular Short Course, Circuits and Devices for RF Wireless Networks, which was quickly filled with registrants prior to the ISSCC 2000, is now available on CD. The disk includes all the overheads that accompanied the presentations, the audio of the presentations, which can be heard with the Real Player™ version 7 provided on the disk, and 60 IEEE articles that the presenters cited. The ... View full abstract»

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  • The gears of genius

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):10 - 28
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    A self-described "lone wolf-cub, befriended only by a hyperactive urge to experiment with everything," the author recalls his coming of age in the nascent world of analog circuit design and his emergence as an inventor and author of papers that have become classics in the field. View full abstract»

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  • The Remarkable Story of the DRAM Industry

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):45 - 49
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    Early in the development of computers, it was recognized that a hierarchy of memory was essential to enable timely access to data. Due to its relatively low cost and high access speed, Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) technology has had a virtual monopoly on the main memory segment. Dr. Randy Isaac examines some of the key factors that determined the success of the DRAM industry since its begin... View full abstract»

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  • The Role of the Trench Capacitor in DRAM Innovation

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):42 - 44
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    Cost has been the strongest driving force for growing the DRAM market. Since die cost is closely related to the number of dies on a wafer, wafer diameter size has continually increased, and memory cell size has been reduced. To cope with the resulting dilemma of cell size vs. capacitance, the author invented the trench capacitor cell. The author documents its implementation, the "soft-error proble... View full abstract»

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  • Where CMOS is Going: Trendy Hype vs. Real Technology

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):5 - 9
    Cited by:  Papers (25)
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    Two important challenges facing Moore's Law and continued CMOS scaling are growing standby power dissipation and the increasing variability in device characteristics. Cooperative circuit/technology co-design and architectures developed in conjunction with new materials and device structures will provide a comprehensive solution to these challenges View full abstract»

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  • 0-60 GHz in four years: 60 GHz RF in digital CMOS

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):5 - 9
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    In early 2001, most researchers were focusing on the spectrum from 1-5 GHz, with a few isolated research groups pushing circuits up to 24 GHz. The suggestion to exploit 60 GHz with CMOS seemed comic to some but the availability of nearly universal unlicensed spectrum was the obvious motivation. The Berkeley Wireless Research Center has succeeded in developing an extended BSIM3 model, a library of ... View full abstract»

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  • Watch microelectronics: Pioneer in portable consumer electronics

    Publication Year: 2008
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    Mougahed Darwish, Marc Degrauwe, Thomas E. Gyger, Gunther Meusburger and Jean Claude Robert - a group of Swiss engineers at ETA and EM Microelectronic, the semiconductor manufacturer of the Swatch Group - describe the consraints of the watch-making industry that have shaped watch microelectronics, and relate how the pioneering skills and solutions of quartz watch-making have diffused into other po... View full abstract»

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  • The History of DRAM Circuit Designs – At the Forefront of DRAM Development –

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):27 - 31
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    Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) has been the only high-density RAM used for over 30 years despite many attempts to replace it. Contributing to IT advances to this day, it has achieved an unprecedented six-fold increase in memory capacity in the last three decades. The author surveys the history of DRAM circuit design in this paper, based on his career at the forefront of DRAM development from ... View full abstract»

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  • Overview of CMOS Technology Development in the MIRAI Project

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):9 - 17
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    Funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the Millennium Research for Advanced Information Technology Project (MIRAI) provided technology solutions for the half-pitch 65nm technology node in its 1st Phase (2001-2003), and half-pitch 45nm and beyond in its 2nd Phase(2004-2007). Phase 3 will provide technical solutions for ultrascaled CMOS, nano-silicon integration... View full abstract»

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  • Highlights of DAC at ISSCC

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 5
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    Last year, ISSCC introduced Sunday evening sessions in which experts were invited to present the state of the art in topics of special interest. This year, one of these Sunday evening sessions featured papers from the 39th Design Automation Conference (DAC) that was held in June 2002. Papers were selected based on their technical excellence as well as their relevance and interest to ISSCC attendee... View full abstract»

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  • It's about Time: A Brief Chronology of Chronometry

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):42 - 49
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    The evolution of clock making, recounted in this article by Thomas H. Lee, advanced dramatically after low-power, quartz-controlled watches were first developed by Eric Vittoz and others at the Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH) over forty years ago. Due in great part to their work, even the least expensive wristwatches today are so precise that the need for better stability no longer drives their... View full abstract»

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  • ISSCC 2006 panel on classic circuits

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 11
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    In a packed standing room only session, moderator Bill Redman-White opened the “Present (and Future) Classic Circuits with Less than 25 Transistors” evening panel by asking the question “what makes a real classic circuit?” While the audience quietly mulled over their own favorites and possibilities, the number 25 was quickly forgotten by the panel members. View full abstract»

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  • ISSCC museum

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 6
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    Imagine that a group of SSCS experts have identified 70 outstanding articles in the history of Solid-State Circuits, have summarized the articles, and are showcasing them free of charge on a virtual museum. It is a museum of 70 ideas that spans over 50 years of solid-state circuits history. View full abstract»

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  • History of the Development of Swiss Watch Microprocessors

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):50 - 55
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    While the microprocessors used today in most personal computers, PDA's and self-phones are very well known, the evolution of watch microprocessors is a completely unknown and a very "Swiss" or "Neuchatel" story. Christian Piguet, a designer of low-power low-voltage integrated circuits in CMOS technology and the author of more than a dozen patents on digital design, microprocessors and watch system... View full abstract»

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  • The Wider Impact of Moore's Law

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):28 - 30
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    Three very large, independent phenomena, i.e. the enormous growth of the semiconductor industry, the commoditization of the computer industry and the emergence of a huge software industry have created the economic framework that has held Moore's Law in place for so long. Moore's Law has become an economic law expressing the rate at which each product generation lasts long enough to be (marginally)... View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: Switched capacitor filters Grew the communications industry

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 5
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    Filtering circuits, the most ubiquitous of electronic signal-processing functions, made for spirited discussions as analog-to-digital technology solutions unfolded. Bedrich Hosticka's 1978 paper on a MOS switched-capacitor filter marked the beginning of the dominance of switched-capacitor techniques for integrated audio-band filtering. In the ISSCC 40th Anniversary Commemorative Supplement in 1993... View full abstract»

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  • JSSC CD to change to DVD: The end of an era

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):10 - 11
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    The annual CD containing the previous two years of the Journal of Solid-State Circuits articles will be issued in June 2006 and mailed to subscribers. It provides 2004 and 2005 Journal articles in pdf format. For those who didn't subscribe to the CD, a separate purchase can be entered through the IEEE Store. View full abstract»

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  • "Out-of-the-park home runs" - legendary digital circuits that tracked technology scaling

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):11 - 16
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    Today we enjoy today an abundance of electronic capability enabled by successive generations of technology scaling. While transistor device technologies have evolved to circumvent limitations arising from power consumption, variability, and atomistic-level physics, what has been less apparent is the circuit design response to these device changes. This article provides a glimpse at what's happened... View full abstract»

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  • A JSSC classic paper: The Gilbert cell (continued from January 2003 issue)

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 7
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    In the last column about the genesis of the first translinear multiplier “core,” an attempt was made to capture the series of events that led up to its discovery. Here, that account is aided by presenting the actual circuit forms, and is extended by a discussion of the reasons for its importance when it was first reported at the 1968 ISSCC and in two linked articles in the December 1... View full abstract»

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  • Gigasensors for an Attoscope: Catching Quanta in CMOS

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):28 - 34
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    Around 1987, Eric Vittoz studied the basic parameters for the development of 'pixel' particle tracking detectors in collaboration with a team in Geneva at CERN. CERN scientist Erik Heijne traces the evolution of these particle imagers, which has resulted in matrices of 256x256 pixels with > 1000 transistors per pixel that can process single quanta and have connections with neighboring cells allowi... View full abstract»

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This Periodical ceased production in 2008. The current retitled publication is IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine.

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