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MICL Seminar

“Energy Efficient Circuits Beyond what have been believed as the Fundamental Limits: Power Converter, Analog Interface and Frequency Generation”

Taekwang JangAssistant Professor, ETH Zürich
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As circuit designers, we are entering an exciting new era where innovations in circuits are the key enablers for reshaping the future. With the emerging trends in Machine Learning, Internet-of-Everything, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Autonomous Driving, 6G Communication, Quantum Computing, and many more cutting-edge technologies, circuit designers are required to make drastic improvements in accuracy, speed, and energy efficiency.

Yet, as the CMOS circuit theories and design methodologies have been optimized and matured over the past five decades, we often encounter what is believed as the fundamental limit that confines the maximum achievable performance of a circuit.  This may lead us to believe that no meaningful improvements can be made for it.  However, such a limit is sometimes restricted to a specific topology or methodology, i.e. not so fundamental, the circuit may still have potential to improve even by an order of magnitude. As examples, I will explain our recent designs of 1) an on-chip high-power-density DC-DC converter 2) a noise-efficient sensor interface, and 3) a wide-bandwidth phase-locked loop that exceeds previously believed limitations.

Bio: Taekwang Jang (S’06-M’13-SM’19) received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from KAIST, Korea, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2013, he worked at Samsung Electronics, focusing on mixed-signal circuit design, including analog and all-digital PLLs. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan; his dissertation was titled “Circuit and System Designs for Millimeter-Scale IoT and Wireless Neural Recording.” After working as a post-doctoral research fellow, he joined the ETH Zürich in 2018 as an assistant professor and is leading the Energy-Efficient Circuits and IoT Systems group. He is also a member of the Competence Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science, and the chair of IEEE solid-state circuits society, Switzerland chapter. His research focuses on circuits and systems for highly energy-constrained applications such as wireless sensor nodes and biomedical interfaces.  Essential building blocks such as a sensor interface, energy harvester, power converter, communication transceiver, frequency synthesizer, and data converters are his primary interests.