Thursday, November 20, 2014

[mos-ak] FOSDEM 2015 Electronic Design Automation Devroom Call for Participation

 This is the call for participation in the FOSDEM 2015 devroom on Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, to be held on Sunday 1 February 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. We are looking for contributions under the form of talks covering the following main topics:
We hope to provide an opportunity for attendees to bring themselves up to date on the latest FOSS EDA developments, share knowledge and identify opportunities to collaborate on development tasks.

The submission process

Please submit your proposals at before 1 December 2014.

If you already have a Pentabarf account (for example as a result of having submitted a proposal in the past), make sure you use it to log in and submit your proposal. Do not create a new account if you already have one. Please provide a bit of information about yourself in Person -> Biography. When you submit your proposal (creating an "Event" in Pentabarf), make sure you choose the "Electronic design automation devroom" in the track drop-down menu. Otherwise your proposal might go unnoticed. Fill in at least a title and abstract for the proposed talk and a suggested duration. Bear in mind that a lot of the value in these meetings comes from the discussions, so please be reasonable regarding the duration of the talk.

Important dates
  • 1 December 2014: deadline for submission of proposals
  • 15 December 2014: speakers notified
  • 30 December 2014: schedule published at
  • 1 February 2015: devroom day

The FOSDEM organisers hope to be able to live-stream and record all the talks. The recordings will be published under the same licence as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY). Only presentations will be recorded, not informal discussions and whatever happens during the lunch break. By agreeing to present at FOSDEM, you automatically give permission to be recorded. The organisers will agree to make exceptions but only for exceptional and well-reasoned cases.
Mailing list

Feel free to subscribe to the mailing list of the EDA devroom to submit ideas, ask questions and generally discuss about the event.

Spread the word!
This is the first EDA devroom at FOSDEM. Let's make sure as many projects and developers as possible are present. Thanks!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

[mos-ak] [Final Program] 7th International MOS-AK Workshop; December 12, 2014 at Berkeley

 7th International MOS-AK Workshop
 Berkeley Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 
 Final Program  
 Together with the MOS-AK Workshop Scientific Program Coordinators Larry Nagel and Andrei Vladimirescu as well as Extended MOS-AK TPC Committee, we have pleasure to invite to the 7th consecutive International MOS-AK Workshop which will be held at Berkeley, California, USA. The event is organized with aims to strengthen a network and discussion forum among experts in the field, enhance open platform for information exchange related to compact/Spice modeling and Verilog-A standardization, bring people in the compact modeling field together, as well as obtain feedback from technology developers, circuit designers, and CAD/EDA tool vendors. 

Room 540 in Cory Hall
EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley

Final MOS-AK Workshop Program

Free on-line workshop registration:

Postworkshop publications:
Selected best MOS-AK technical presentation will be recommended for further publication in a special issue of the International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems

Extended MOS-AK/GSA Committee

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEW BOOK - Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry

 Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry
 By Daniel Nenni and Paul McLellan
 Foreword By TSMC

 The purpose of this book is to illustrate the magnificence of the fabless semiconductor ecosystem, and to give credit where credit is due by tracing the history of the semiconductor industry from both a technical and business perspective. [Book Preview]

Coupon code: LinkedIn2014

The author is offering to all LinkedIn connections a 50% off coupon code for the eBook version of "Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry". Feel free to forward this info to a friend or coworker. This eBook coupon expires on December 31, 2014. A paper version of the book is available on Amazon. For either version please click HERE for the SemiWiki shopping cart.

[mos-ak] Public release of MAPP at coming MOS-AK Meeting in Berkeley on Dec.12

 Join the NEEDS Group in Berkeley on Dec. 12 for the MOS-AK Meeting for the public release of MAPP: the NEEDS Matlab-based Model Analysis and Prototyping Platform.  

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yannis Tsividis' Early Contributions to MOS Filters

In the 1970s, when the bipolar transistor was the undisputed king of analog integrated circuits (ICs), most electrical engineers regarded the MOS transistor as a second-rate device for ICs: it was a good switch, but a mediocre amplifier. As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, under the supervision of Paul Gray, Yannis Tsividis had a very different vision. He saw the MOS transistor as the future star for mixed-signal ICs and was excited to prove to the world he was right. The opening gambit was his thesis work demonstrating the first fully-integrated MOS opamp. This single achievement propelled him to the top of his generation of researchers and earned him a Berkeley PhD degree, a teaching appointment at Columbia University and a consulting position at Bell Laboratories.

[read more...]
Khoury, J.; Banu, M., "Yannis Tsividis' Early Contributions to MOS Filters," Solid-State Circuits Magazine, IEEE , vol.6, no.4, pp.36,40, Fall 2014
doi: 10.1109/MSSC.2014.2347772

Monday, November 10, 2014

i-MOS version 201410 release

  New release of the interactive Modeling and On-line Simulation Platform (i-MOS), version 201410 has been released. In this release we have launched some new features:
  • Developing an ‘Equalizer’ module in the ‘Model’ page for easy model parameter tuning
  • Accommodating multiple parameters in this module for users’ most convenience
  • Improving the ‘Custom data’ function for manual parameter extractions
  • Updating the TFET model e-TIM (previous e-TuT) to support multiple materials
  • Including an am-bipolar current module in the e-TIM
The new  release is ready here i-MOS.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

IEEE Swiss CAS/ED Workshop 2014 on Memristive Devices and Neuromorphic Applications

 IEEE Swiss CAS/ED Workshop 2014 on Memristive Devices and Neuromorphic Applications 

Date: Friday 28 Nov, 2014
Time: 10:00-19:00
Place: UZH, Irchel Campus, Room Y35 F51 (morning session) Y10 03/04 (afternoon session), Building 55 Foyer (apero). Closest tram stop is Tram 9/10 at Irchel. See here for University of Zurich map.

At this one day workshop, experts in Memristive Devices and Neuromorphic Applications will present their recent advances in Circuits and Systems and Electron Devices. The workshop includes a demo and poster session, and a concluding apero.

Resistive memory devices also known as "memristors" are being actively researched to address the widening gap in performance between storage and the rest of the computing system. There is also a potential for such devices to serve simultaneously as both memory and logic, or even as components of a neuromorphic computing hardware based on brain architecture. The investigation of the use of these devices in a host of applications in science and technology are currently being explored. Swiss developers are very active in these fields and the area of neuromorphic computing. This one-day IEEE workshop brings them together with potential research and development partners and end users in industry and academia.

The presentations will cover a range of topics focus on memristive technology and possible computing applications. A poster session including demonstrations of relevant technologies will also be offered.

All presentations will be in English.

Registration: Registration is open to the public but is mandatory. There will be a registration fee which includes lunch and apero. Please register at

Registration will be closed by 14.11.2014 or when the maximum number of places is reached. Registration must be cancelled by 21.11.2014 for refund.

Posters and Demos registration: We invite demos and posters. Poster or demo presentations must also register for the workshop (see above). Posters or demos must be registered so that we can plan space for them. Please use this demo and registration form to register.