Monday, March 30, 2009

after Analogschaltungen'09 in Hannover

The workshop program included following topics:
  • Novel CMOS/BiCMOS circuit architectures for the GHz range applications
  • Models of semiconductor devices for analog/RF (GHz range) applications
  • Influences of the system design and optimization on the components in the analog circuit applications
  • Classical and quantum mechanical effects in analog/RF nano-silicon circuits at GHz frequencies
The workshop has been organized by:
  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. Wolfgang Mathis, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik; Appelstr. 9A, 30167 Hannover
in cooperation with:
  • Prof. Dr.rer. nat. Doris Schmitt- Landsiedel, TU München; Lehrstuhl für Technische Elektronik
  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. Heinrich Klar, TU Berlin; Institut für Technische Informatik und Mikroelektronik
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Y. Manoli, Universität Freiburg; IMTEK

Monday, March 23, 2009

BOOK: Planar Double-Gate Transistor: From technology to circuit

Planar Double-Gate Transistor: From technology to circuit
Amara, Amara; Rozeau, Olivier (Eds.)
2009, VIII, 212 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4020-9327-2
Online version available

Saturday, March 21, 2009

SOI Technology Goes Mainstream

SOI Technology Goes Mainstream
The unique characteristics of silicon on insulator are opening the door to new applications and the infrastructure needed to boost and support expanding markets.
Ruth DeJule, Contributing Editor -- Semiconductor International, 3/1/2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

MOS-AK/GSA Workshop: 2-3 April 2009 at IHP in Frankfurt /Oder

MOS-AK/GSA Workshop: 2-3 April 2009 at IHP in Frankfurt /Oder

NanoTech WCM 2009: Workshop on Compact Modeling

NanoTech WCM 2009: Workshop on Compact Modeling
May 3-7, 2009
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Symposium Program

NB: Late News Abstracts Due: March 27th 2009 (POSTER Presentation Only)

Sunday, March 15, 2009


ESSDERC 2009 (European Solid-State Device Research Conference) will be held in Athens, Greece from 14-18 September 2009, together with ESSCIRC 2009 (European Solid-State Circuits Conference) . The venue will be the Divani Caravel Hotel, a luxury hotel situated in the centre of Athens, and very well connected to the airport by the subway. ESSDERC (European Solid-State Device Research Conference) is the top European conference in semiconductor devices.

Due to its prestige, many researchers from outside Europe use to submit contributions to ESSDERC too.The main themes for original contributions to be submitted to ESSDERC'09 are:

-Advanced CMOS devices
-Processing and Integration
-Telecommunication and Power Devices
-Modeling and Simulation
-Characterization and Reliability
,-MEMs, Sisplays and SoC
-Emerging non-CMOS Devices and Technologies.

This year, "Compact circuit modeling for devices and interconnects" is explicitly mentioned as one of the topics in the "Modeling and Simulation" theme.

The deadline for paper submission is April 4 2009.

ESSCIRC and ESSDERC also hold a "Fringe Poster Session" event in addition to the main conference in Athens. This Fringe forum is ideally adequate for the submissions of recent scientific progress which may, in some cases, not be ready for a full paper submission. This forum provides the opportunity to network with the ESSDERC/ESSCIRC community to discuss these ideas and latest results. Reviewing will be carried out by a sub-committee under the main Technical Programme committee, and a separate proceedings will be published on CD for this event. The deadline for submissions for the Fringe Poster Session will be 12 June 2009.

Besides, several related workshops will take place on September 19 2009 at the same location. One of them will be the Autumn MOS-AK Meeting on Compact Modeling.

And no doubt mid-September is a very nice time to visit Athens. Sunny and warm, but not too hot.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


The 2009 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) will take place on September 13-16, 2009, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.CICC is one of the top conferences on circuit design. The main topics of the conference are Analog Circuit Design, Digital and Mixed Signal SoC/ASIP/SIP/3D, Embedded Memory, ICs for MEMs, Manufacturing, Power Management, Test, Circuit Characterization, Debug, and Reliability, Wired Communications, Wireless Designs, and Simulation and Modeling, including Compact Device Modeling. The topics of compact models for extreme environment operation SOI and multiple gate device modeling are explicitly mentioned in the Call for Papers.

The paper submission deadline is April 21.

CICC 2009 will include technical paper presentations (both oral presentations and posters), panel discussions, educational sessions as well as topcial events and exhibits.

CICC is the premier conference devoted to IC development. It is the right conference to find out how to solve design problems and improve circuit design and design techniques

CICC 2009 will intend to show the latest developments in Compact Modeling, for the training of designers and to facilitate a close interaction between designers and compact model developers. It is a wonderful city with many other attractions: golf courses, wineries, and for hikers and nature lovers, the Alum Rock Park. Besides, San Jose, which is called the "Safest Big City in America", has an intense nightlife, with many dance clubs and sports bars.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TCAD Central

Juan Sanchez (see his profile in LinkedIn) has just launched TCAD Central, which he intends to be It a wiki were users can collaborate on technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) topics. He also says he has obtained permission to re-publish a historical place (TCAD Central from Michael Duane), which was last updated circa 1999.
You can found all these things plus others, like some nice TCAD jokes (yes, it is actually possible to do jokes about that...) in ...

Thank you very much, Juan!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Exploration of (sub-) 45nm CMOS for Analog, RF and mm-wave Applications (ST-190)

The NANO-RF project is a European funded project in the 6th Frame Program (Priority 2 : Information Society Technology), to explore the potential of (sub-)45nm CMOS for Analog, RF and mm-wave applications. Planar bulk CMOS and FinFET technologies with different gate stacks and strain engineering have been studied. The key results of this project in the field of technology optimization for analog and RF, modeling capability for FinFET transistors and varactors, ESD protection of FinFET circuits and benchmark circuit design in planar bulk and FinFET technology will be presented.

The workshop highlights :

* Fully functional complex analog building blocks in FinFET technology (10 bit 300MS/s DAC, charge pump PLL)
* 5 GHz small band LNAs and DC-5 GHz wideband LNAs in planar bulk and FinFET technology
* 24 GHz LNA, VCO and Mixer for FinFET technology
* PSP-based compact model for FinFETs
* Optimization of the 1/f noise of high-k/metal gate planar bulk and FinFET transistors
* Optimized matching performance for narrow fin FinFET transistors
* ESD protection for FinFET circuits

Read more about the workshop pogram

The NANO-RF Project contact: Stefaan.Decoutere {@}

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The 2009 IEEE ICMTS Program

The 2009 IEEE ICMTS will be held at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard, California. The Conference headquarters hotel will provide guest accommodations as well as meeting facilities for all attendees. The technical program, consisting of ten sessions of contributed papers will be held March 31-April 2. A tutorial short course will be offered on Monday, March 30.

Final ICMTS Program:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Device Research Conference 2009

The 2009 Device Research Conference (DRC 2009) will take place in the Penn State University, University Park, PA, on June 22-24 2009.

DRC is one of the oldest conferences in the field of electron devices. Every year, DRC brings together top scientists, researchers and graduate students from both the industry and academia. Their latest research results are not only presented, but also frankly discussed. The fact that DRC is always held in one university encourages the exchange of creative ideas.

Student participation in DRC is always strong. Travel support for students is offered. Besides, there is a very prestigeous Best Student Paper Award.

The technical program will include oral and poster presentations as well as three rump sessions.
The deadline for abstract submission is March 9 2009.

A limited number of late news abstracts will be accepted for presentation at DRC'09. The deadline for late news abstracts is June 9 2009.

Topics include all aspects related to electronic and optoelectronic devices, including "modeling and simulation of devices". The Call for Papers indicates with detail the types of devices addressed. Even biological devices are mentioned.

A number of prestigeous researchers will give invited talks.

Finally, there will be an excellent social programme, as can be expected when a conference takes place in a university.


The 2009 International Conference on Organic Electronics (ICOE 2009) will be held in Liverpool (England) on June 15-17 2009. The conference will take place at the University of Liverpool.

The ICOE conference was created by means of the European Integrated Project called PolyApply, one of the major projects about organic electronics. It has become one of the main conferences on organic electronics.

ICOE covers all aspects of organic electronics including Materials and Chemistry, OTFTs, OLED, PV devices, device modeling, organic circuits and circuit design, manufacture as well as their inclusion in systems. Therefore, it can be a good conference to present papers about compact models of organic devices, since many organic circuit designers may attend ICOE.

The deadline for a 1-or 2-page abstract submission is March 27 2009.

The Conference Chair is Professor Bill Eccleston, from the University of Liverpool.

If you are working on organic electronics, I truly recommend you to attend this conference. The quality of contributions is very good. It has consolidated as the top European conference on Organic Electronics.

Call for ICREA Senior Research Positions in Catalonia

ICREA (Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies) has published a Call for 25 Senior Research positions in Catalonia (Spain).

The successful candidates will have PERMANENT CONTRACTS and can work, as "ICREA Senior Researchers", at universities or research centers in Catalonia. They can choose the institution where they can work. Usually, Catalan institutions are very happy to have ICREA Senior Researchers, so they use to accept the candidate with pleasure.

ICREA Senior Researcher positions are very prestigeous at international level. The selection procedure is tough. Only very strong candidates with excellent leadership capabilities and an outstanding research record will be considered. It is recommended that the candidates have previously led big or ambitious research projects.

The salaries will be in line with those paid in Catalan universities for full professors. They are very good salaries. I
CREA research professors will be subject to an evaluation of their research progress and general performance after a three-year period and subsequently every five years. The evaluations will be carried out by external evaluation committees that will assess scientific production as well as research activity. A positive evaluation will lead to a salary increase. So, salaries can be even better.

The candidates must submit:

1) A single .pdf file (maximum 4 Mb) containing the candidate's CV in English.

2) Two reference letters in English in .pdf or .doc format.

An expression of interest document from the host institution(s).

The candidate must directly contact each institution (university or research centre in Catalonia) that he/she is interested in and obtain the institution's acceptance. The host institution's expression of interest form must be downloaded directly by the institution using the link provided by the applicant. At the link, the institution will find the information needed to submit the form (both electronically and by post). The form must be received by ICREA before 2:00pm (local time) on Thursday, 16 April 2009.

The candidate may seek acceptance at more than one institution. In this case each institution must submit a separate expression of interest form to ICREA (both electronically and by post).


Well, if a senior researcher in semiconductor device modelling is interested in applying for one of this position, I will be happy to host him/her in my University (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona, not far from Barcelona), in the Department of Electronic Engineering. We are the most powerful group in Catalonia in the area of device modelling, and one of the strongets teams in Europe in compact modeling. We participate in several European projects and we are leading the first European project on Compact Modeling. Besides, I obtained this year the ICREA Academia Award, a new award granted by ICREA to the best researchers working in Catalan universities.

So, if you are an outstanding researcher working on semiconductor device physics or modelling and if you are interested in those permanent, please contact me at:

I will be very happy to make the expression of interest from my institution!!!

Why not a permanent job as a senior researcher in a place with Tarragona, with a comfortable Mediterranean climate, with a very nice and interesting city life, with beaches and mountains, close to Barcelona but much cheaper, and working in a very strong research group, with young and motivated researchers?

Monday, March 2, 2009

International Conference on Organic Electronics'09

I copy the e-mail from Bill Eccleston, announcing the ICOE'09:


The Final Call for abstracts for ICOE(09) runs from 2nd March to 27th March 09 at Liverpool University. PhD postgrads come free. The conference runs from 15th to 18th June. There are special offers on Easyjet for flights to Liverpool: do your booking soon. The award winning website is at and includes hotel details. It includes the world famous Adelphi Hotel of Titanic fame at the conference rate where the Conference Dinner will be held. The estimated number of abstracts is estimated to be 17% higher than last year so overall acceptance rate is likely to be lower. The cut-off point is likely to be before the final deadline. Some oral presentations are reserved for the second call. There will be up to 50 poster places.

Among the invited talks are

Richard Friend (Cambridge): PV

Stephen Choe (Princeton) : nanoimprint

Jan Genoe (IMEC): Circuits and rfid

Jiro Kasahara ( just out of Sony)

Plus 6 others which will appear on the website with abstracts soon.