Friday, February 26, 2010

Lots of Foundries and Fabless Companies do exist - what about standards for their interface?


Date: Thu, 2010-03-11; Time: 12:45-13:45
Room: Exhibition Theatre, Ground Floor

Organizers: Manfred Dietrich, Fraunhofer IIS/EAS, and Rene Schueffny, TU Dresden

Companies like Broadcom and Nvidia have shown that the Fabless model conquers the semiconductor market. Today all IDM’s use foundries as second source or use it as part of their volume production Because of the high cost of new manufacturing facilities IDM’s become Fablight and concentrate with their production on highly sophisticated processes. How is it possible to handle even more complex circuits if their processes cannot any more be deeply influenced by the internal design team? Today the value chain of the semiconductor market isolates and dominates more and more the vertical companies like EDA, Design house, Fabless, IP provider, Foundry Test & Packaging. Do we have already enough standards or do we need more and where do we need more standards and how can we make it happen? Who will be the driver or who should be the driver? This panel should offer some answers or even create more questions! It is fact - Fabless companies will have more and more impact in the whole IC logic market and Foundries increase their market share every year! Is it time for standards? [more]

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics

Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems
Rahul Sarpeshkar; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521857277)

This book provides, for the first time, a broad and deep treatment of the fields of both ultra low power electronics and bioelectronics. It discusses fundamental principles and circuits for ultra low power electronic design and their applications in biomedical systems. It also discusses how ultra energy efficient cellular and neural systems in biology can inspire revolutionary low power architectures in mixed-signal and RF electronics. The book presents a unique, unifying view of ultra low power analog and digital electronics and emphasizes the use of the ultra energy efficient subthreshold regime of transistor operation in both. Chapters on batteries, energy harvesting, and the future of energy provide an understanding of fundamental relationships between energy use and energy generation at small scales and at large scales. A wealth of insights and examples from brain implants, cochlear implants, bio-molecular sensing, cardiac devices, and bio-inspired systems make the book useful and engaging for students and practicing engineers.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Post-doctoral Research Positions in Healthcare Management

The newly established Collaboration in Healthcare Managemenat Ulm University in Germany invites applications for:

Two Full-Time Post-doctoral Research Positions in Healthcare Management
(or as part-time research/PhD positions for Master’s degree holders)*

Ulm University, a leading medical and natural sciences university in Germany, is seeking two post-doctoral candidates for the newly established collaboration in Healthcare Management. This concentration brings together the medical and the business school at Ulm University to develop expertise in healthcare management. The candidates will work directly for the newly appointed professor of healthcare management and controlling at Ulm University and contribute to developing the teaching and research program. Candidates will participate in domestic and international collaborations with leading academic and medical institutions. Ideal candidates will possess academic or practical healthcare management experience and an understanding of the healthcare market, but need not come from a healthcare background. Candidates can expect the position to open doors for healthcare administration in Europe and the U.S.

To apply: Please send CV, cover letter, a brief synopsis of a research project previously conducted (or up to three selected publications) and up to 3 letters of reference to Prof. Dr. Katharina Janus latest until March 11, 2010.


*Non-PhD holders:

Candidates without a PhD have the option to complete a PhD at Ulm University while working part-time in the described positions. The professor of health management and controlling will act as the PhD candidate’s academic supervisor. To enroll in the PhD, candidates need to hold a Master’s Degree in a related field and propose an adequate research topic to the academic supervisor.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

PhD Studentship Available in Scanning Probe Microscopy of Biomolecular Surfaces - Dublin, Ireland

Investigating Electrostatic Interactions in Biomolecular Systems at the Nanoscale

Nanoscale characterization of electric charge and electric surface potentials in biomolecular systems is critical for understanding biomolecular interactions. Changes in surface potential dictate cellular-membrane transport and thus provide a crucial pathway for cells to interact with their environment. This project will focus on investigating electrostatic interactions at biological surfaces using a scanning probe approach. Mapping electrostatic interactions in biological systems may provide a pathway to understand the role of charge in biological processes.

This interdisciplinary project will provide training in advanced ambient and liquid, structural and functional imaging using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and in biological sample preparation. The successful applicant will be involved in the further development of advanced scanning probe techniques and novel shielded AFM probes and is expected to develop and publish their work and to present their work at national and international conferences. He/She will have access to state of the art AFMs, and will be expected to work closely with the Nanoscale Function Group of Prof. Suzi Jarvis. Travel opportunities to interact with collaborating researchers and industrial partners are also envisaged.

Funding is available for up to 4 years and includes a stipend of €15k per annum, plus EUfees.Location: UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, Dublin, Ireland

Qualification: Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second BSc (or equivalent) or MSc in Physics, Materials Science, Biology, or a related area.

Funding is restricted to EU applicants only.

More information:

MIXDES 2010 paper submission deadline - less than 2 weeks left

I would like to kindly remind you that there is less than 2 weeks left for regular paper submission for MIXDES 2010 Conference. If you have any remaining papers which has not been submitted yet, I kindly ask you to do so before the deadline expiration. 
Please note that the papers should be registered and submitted from the conference website (
If you any problems with registration, please report it the MIXDES Conference Secretary ( ASAP.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Open Senior Researcher Position in Compact Device Modeling

A Senior Researcher position is offered in the Department of The Electronic, Electrical and Automatic Control Engineering in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). This position has a duration of 5 years, with chances of obtaining a tenure as Associate Professor. It is funded by the prestigeous "Ramón y Cajal Programme" from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The candidate should have a Ph D in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines. At least three years of postdoctoral experience are needed.

The candidate should have enough research experience in the field of semiconductor devices, and must have a very good knowledge of the physics of electron devices. The research project to be carried out can be adapted to the candidate's profile, and it can be proposed by the candidate. In any case, it will be related to the National and European projects from which my group receives funding. Our contribution in these projects is the physics and modeling (in particular compact modeling) of the novel devices addressed by those projects: thin-film SOI and multi-gate MOSFETs (FinFETs, DG MOSFETs, Gate All-Around MOSFETs), High Voltage MOSFETs, advanced HEMTs and Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs).

The net salary will be around 2200 Euro/month. The position will include a research grant that the successful candidate can use to fund the beginning of his/her research.

Tarragona is a small city (110000 inhabitants) on the Mediterranean coast, about 100 Km south from Barcelona, and very well connected to Barcelona and the main Spanish cities by rail and highway. Tarragona is a very old city, very important during the Roman Empire, and with a lot of historical landmarks.

The quality of life in Tarragona is excellent. Mediterranean and mild climate the whole year. Wonderful beaches around the city (even at the city). Mountains close to the city (even the Pyrenees are not far). Besides, the city is very quiet, but with an intense nightlife.

My research group in the Department of Electronic Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) is one of the strongest groups in compact modeling in Europe. We are leading one European project on compact modeling (in which a total of 15 European universities and companies participate). We also participate on two other European projects (two about nanoscale MOSFETs and another one about organic Thin Film Transistors).

Interested applicants should send me their CV by e-mail.


Benjamin Iñiguez
Nanoelectronics and Photonics Systrems Group (NEPHOS)
Department of Electronic Engineering
Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
Avinguda dels Paisos Catalans 26
43007 Tarragona

Friday, February 12, 2010

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Job offers at GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore

I post here a job offer I've found, because it may interest someone... 

If you wish to apply, you can go to the original website here. Good luck!!

 Senior Engineer
  • Assist in the ESD and LU development support for various technology nodes
  • The job scope will include extensive test chip design and layout, spice model development, circuit simulations, layout verification, design database preparation and documentation
  • The job scope includes R&D on new and optimized ESD solutions from a foundry perspective
  • In this position, the staff will be support cross functionally teams such as IO design and ESD library development
    Other responsibilities will include:
  • Investigates and develops solution for highly complex circuit level ESD problems
  • Learn and evolve in any other skills and tools required to achieve challenging ESD development goals including automation, and new research areas
  • Publish in relevant peer reviewed journal and conferences
  • Actively pursue patent development

  • The engineer will actively pursue ESD device development and assessment of ESD and LU performance of various technologies
  • The responsibilities include device definition, characterization of the ESD devices using DC, pulsed and RF testers, latch up characterization, documentation and reporting, assist internal process owners for the ESD and LU rule definition
    Other responsibilities include:
  • As required, explore the need to modify any given processes, procedures or methods to develop new solutions for the foundry and its customers
  • Continuously research and potentially develop new test methods and charactersation approaches.
  • Publish in relevant peer reviewed journal and conferences
  • Actively pursue patent development


  • Phd or Masters Degree in Physics
  • 2 to 5 years of relevant working experience

Senior Engineer
  • Good and demonstrated knowledge in device layout, circuit design, custom layout, and IO design
  • Well versed in circuit design and layout tools (such as those from cadence or Mentor)
  • Analog circuit and RF design knowledge is a plus

  • Good knowledge of microelectronics and semiconductor device physics
  • Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in ESD protection design and analysis using pulsed/ ESD testers, and device design
  • Experience in HV device physics, compact model simulation, and product engineering is valuable
  • Candidate is required to have exceptional technical skills combined with evidence of motivation to work in ESD and LU reliability area
  • Open and willing to listen to internal and external customer concerns and willing to go an extra mile to help customers succeed in their efforts to achieve required ESD and LU performance targets
  • Fluency in English language is a must, with good comprehension capability
  • Ability to handle anyone with a pleasant attitude and willingness to share/mentor colleagues

DATE 2010 Advance Programme is Available

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Event Overview

Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting - Call For Papers

Austin, Texas, USA
Short Course: Monday October 4, 2010, Conference: Tuesday and Wednesday October 5-6, 2010
Modeling Workshop: Thursday October 7, 2010

The Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM) is a forum for technical communication focused on the needs and interests of the bipolar and BiCMOS community. Papers covering the design, performance, fabrication, testing and application of bipolar and BiCMOS integrated circuits, bipolar phenomena, and discrete bipolar devices are solicited. All papers must be suitable for a twenty-minute presentation. Text and figures must not have been presented at other conferences or published in any scientific or technical publications prior
to BCTM.
Publication in the BCTM 2010 Proceedings does not preclude publication in an IEEE journal, and authors are encouraged to do so. A Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits will include selected papers from BCTM 2010.
Papers are solicited in the following areas:

If you know of people who may have a paper to contribute please bring this Call
for Papers to their attention.

Monday, May 3, 2010 Deadline for receipt of abstract and summary
Friday, June 11, 2010 Notification of acceptance to be sent by email
Friday, July 23, 2010 Final proceedings manuscript due

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