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Issue 3 • Summer 2008

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  • IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society News - Cover

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 1
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  • Editor's Column

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society News - Table of contents

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  • President's Message

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  • Introduction

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  • Symbiosis in the Technology World

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):5 - 7
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    The trick in any symbiotic arrangement is to bind it with deliverables that can and act as a convenient brake if the project starts to go off the rails and enable you to track and measure output to justify your resource expenditure and facilitate staged payment deals. A workable relationship depends upon the parties involved and the nature of the programme. In some cases, its value may lie in the ... View full abstract»

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  • The Electronic Watch and Low-Power Circuits

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):7 - 23
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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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  • A Short Story of the EKV MOS Transistor Model

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):24 - 30
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Eric Vittoz and the Strong Impact of Weak Inversion Circuits

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 58
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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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  • Executive Summary: Advances in Ultra-Low-Voltage Design

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 59
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    The idea of exploiting weak-inversion operation for low power circuits was pioneered by Dr. Eric Vittoz in the 1960's, and has led to many recent advances in sub-threshold circuit design. Today, sub-threshold operation provides a compelling solution for a number of emerging energy-constrained systems implemented in scaled CMOS technologies. This article by Joyce Kwong and Anantha Chandrakasan, to ... View full abstract»

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  • Executive Summary: Gigasensors for an Attoscope

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 60
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    The introduction of silicon chips in particle physics experiments went by steps. In this summary of an article to be printed in full in the Fall News, Erik Heijne of CERN, the elementary particle accelerator laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, traces some of the history of silicon detectors and readout chips for tracking detectors that form the inner shells of the equipment. View full abstract»

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  • Complementary-MOS Low-Power Low-Voltage Integrated Binary Counter

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):61 - 65
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    In May 1962, Dr. Eric Vittoz was the first electrical engineer hired by Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH), the research laboratory founded in Neuchatel, Switzerland by several organizations representing most of the Swiss watch industry. This paper represents Dr. Vittoz's early work there on an integrated complementary MOS-transistor binary counter stage realized in monolithic form, which allowed ... View full abstract»

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  • Microwatt Switched Capacitor Circuit Design, E. Vittoz, Presented at a Summer Course on Switched Capacitor Circuits, June 9–12, 1981, ESAT, KU Leuven

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    Exemplifying the contributions of Dr. Eric Vittoz to low-voltage, low-power CMOS logic, this paper examines the CMOS implementation of the three basic components of SC circuits in the context of low power and low voltage, and explores the trade-off between lower power, settling time, and noise considerations. This paper will be reprinted in full in the Fall 2008 SSCS News. View full abstract»

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  • Frequency Divider Circuit (U.S. Patent No. 3,619,646) Eric Andre Vittoz, 1971

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):67 - 68
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    Granted in 1971, Eric Vittoz's patent for the first binary frequency divider was used in the first prototypes of the electronic watch. His frequency divider circuit included at least one logical structure complying with certain Boole Relations including two complementary input quantities and two output quantities. The logical structure comprised three pairs of field effect transistors, such as MOS... View full abstract»

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  • Timekeeper (U.S. Patent No. 3,895,486) W. Hammer, E. Vittoz, J. Hermann, H. Choffat, 1975

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):69 - 70
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    Patented in 1975, Eric Vittoz's "Timekeeper" was comprised of a quartz crystal resonator with a stable frequency and a relatively large tolerance, and a frequency divider with an adjustable division ratio. This divider had auxiliary electrical inputs whose logical state determined the division ratio, and an electrically alterable electronic memory that supplyied stored data to determine the logica... View full abstract»

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  • Clark Nguyen Presents DL Talk on RF-MEMS in Japan

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):71 - 72
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  • Congratulations New Senior Members, 35 Elevated in February, March and April

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 72
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  • Tools: Tips for Making Writing Easier, Part 2: Narrow Your Questions, Shape Your Answers

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 72
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    Part 2: Narrow Your Questions, Shape Your Answers In "The Five-Minute Miracle" -- a quick and easy way to approach a short piece of writing (reprinted in the Spring '08 SSCS News) -- you set up an imaginary conversation with your reader, beginning with your main message and continuing with answers that anticipate his or her probable questions about that message. Using the "Key Point & Backup" meth... View full abstract»

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  • Corrections

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 73
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    On page 5 of the SSCS News Vol. 13, No.2, the author of "Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer," should be Swade, not "Swore." View full abstract»

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  • ISSCC Student Forum

    Publication Year: 2008
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  • 2007 VLSI-TSA/DAT Best Paper Awards Presented in Hsinchu, April, 2008

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  • Now It's Japan's Turn to Host, 4th Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference, November 3–5, 2008, Fukuoka, Japan

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):76 - 77
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Aims & Scope

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

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