Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Barriers to Systems Integration and Design Science Innovation

raffaello d'andrea

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Steve Kang
Chancellor and Professor of Engineering, UC Merced

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Systems integration has progressed much over the last few decades as projected by Moore’s Law. However, increasing power density and nanoscale device dimensions in silicon integrated circuits have caused serious barriers due to thermal issues, reliability concerns, leakage currents, and I/O bottlenecks. In this talk, we will discuss these issues and design science innovations that can help overcome some of the barriers, and also new technologies that can promote vertical integration beyond chip stacking. Also discussed will be the potential of neuromorphic computing and self-adaptable nanoelectronics based on recent memristive devices.


Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang is Chancellor and Professor of Engineering of the University of California, Merced. From January 2001 to February 2007, he was Dean of Baskin School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz. From August 1995 to December 2000, he served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to UIUC he was Supervisor of High-End Microprocessor Design at AT&T Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill and also had served as a faculty member of Rutgers University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.

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