Prof. Ali M. Niknejad
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
"Fundamentals of mm-wave IC design in CMOS"
CMOS technology advances have enabled CMOS to operate in the mm-wave spectrum, opening the potential for low cost consumer applications of mm-wave technology including ultra high speed networking, gigabit mobile communication, for example 5G New Radio (NR), and automotive radar for enhanced safety and autonomous driving vehicles. Making CMOS operate in the mm-wave bands requires more than a transistor, as passive devices play an equally important role in making the performance of such devices realizable. This tutorial will review key performance metrics for key building blocks (gain, low noise, power) and how to realize such performance using a modern CMOS technology node. Electromagnetic co-design of active and passive circuits and utilization is emphasized in the tutorial.
Ali M. Niknejad received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and 2000, where he is currently a professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and a faculty director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the associate director of the ComSenTer, a multi-university center for converged terahertz communications and sensing. Prof. Niknejad and his co-authors received the 2017 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Darlington Best Paper Award, the 2017 Most Frequently Cited Paper Award (2010-2016) at the Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and the CICC 2015 Best Invited Paper Award. Prof. Niknejad is the recipient of the 2012 ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award, the co-recipient of the 2013 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper, the 2010 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper, and the co-recipient of the Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2004. He is a co-founder of LifeSignals and inventor of the REACH(™) technology, which has the potential to deliver robust wireless solutions to the healthcare industry, and co-founder of RF Pixels, a 5G technology startup.