March 16, 2017

Seminar Details

Title: 20th Anniversary Seminar by SSCS DL: “Silicon is the New Steel: Building the Internet of Everything — The World’s First Terascale Network”

Speaker: Prof. Tom Lee, Stanford

Date and Time: Thursday, March 16 – 6:15 to 8:00 PM

Networking and Refreshments:  6:00 to 6:15 PM

Admission: FREE

Location (map and campus map):
Texas Instruments Silicon Valley Auditorium
2900 Semiconductor Dr., Building E, Santa Clara, CA

Sponsored by IEEE SSCS


Steel transformed civilization in the 20th century, shifting from high-tech material to commodity in the process. Silicon is undergoing an analogous transition, as the action shifts from circuits to systems. This talk will argue that multiple convergent trends are pushing us toward the terascale age, presenting us with both historic opportunities and historic challenges. The latter extend from DC to the millimeter wave, and from design tools to the economics of test. Securing a network possessing an “attack surface” of unprecedented magnitude, as well as supplying power to a trillion devices, remain challenges as well. Solving these problems will complete the transition of silicon from mere ubiquity to invisibility (the true mark of success).


Thomas Lee received his degrees from MIT where his 1989 thesis described the world’s first CMOS radio. He has been at Stanford University since 1994, having previously worked at Analog Devices, Rambus and other companies. He’s helped design PLLs for several microprocessors (notably AMD’s K6-K7-K8 and DEC’s StrongARM), and has founded or cofounded several companies, including the first 3D memory company, Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by Sandisk), and IoE companies ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip) and Ayla Networks. He is an IEEE and Packard Foundation Fellow, has won “Best Paper” awards at CICC and ISSCC, was awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo. He is a past Director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, holds 70 patents, and owns about 200 oscilloscopes, thousands of vacuum tubes, and kilograms of obsolete semiconductors. No one, including himself, quite knows why.


Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Solid State Circuits Society


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“Automatic Generation of SystemVerilog Models from Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits: a Pipelined ADC Example” – Prof. Jaeha Kim, Seoul National University (SNU)

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