mm-Waves to the Rescue: Next Generation (xG) Communication and BioSensing

Speaker: Ali M. Niknejad
Affiliation: UC Berkeley

Abstract: Today’s commercial CMOS technology allows circuits to operate to 100’s of GHz, opening up new applications that have the potential to revolutionize communications, imaging, sensing, and signal processing. In this talk, we will highlight two technology demonstrations in 65nm CMOS that demonstrate short range communication at 16 Gbps with a carrier frequency of 240 GHz and a new interferometry-based dielectric flow cytometer “lab on a chip” platform for detecting the dielectric constant of cells up to 30 GHz with high accuracy. Important circuit and system optimization techniques will be highlighted in achieving these prototypes.

Biography: Ali M. Niknejad received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1994, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and 2000. He is currently a professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Prof. Niknejad is the recipient of the 2012 ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman, co-recipient of the 2013 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper for his work on an efficient Quadrature Digital Spatial Modulator at 60 GHz, the 2010 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper for his work on a 90 GHz pulser with 30 GHz of bandwidth for medical imaging, and the co-recipient of the Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2004 for co-developing a modeling approach for devices up to 65 GHz. He is a co-founder of HMicro and inventor of the REACH(™) technology, which has the potential to deliver robust wireless solutions to the healthcare industry. His research interests lie within the area of wireless and broadband communications and biomedical imaging. His focus areas of his research include analog, RF, mixed-signal, mm-wave circuits, device physics and compact modeling, and numerical techniques in electromagnetics. Outside of school, Ali enjoys spending as much time on the soccer pitch.

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Date(s) - May 16, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

EE-IV Shannon Room #54-134
420 Westwood Plaza - 5th Flr., Los Angeles CA 90095