2020 CICC Keynote Speakers

Vivek De, Intel Fellow, Director of Circuit Technology Research in Intel Labs, Intel

Title: Attack-Resistant Energy-Efficient SoC for Smart & Secure IoT

Abstract: We will discuss SoC design challenges and opportunities for smart and secure cyberphysical systems in the emerging world of IoT, focusing on two distinct areas: (1) how to deliver uncompromising performance and user experience while minimizing energy consumption, and (2) how to provide cryptographic-quality “roots of trust” in silicon and resistance to physical side channel attacks with minimal overhead. We will present SoC designs that span a wide range of performance and power across diverse platforms and workloads, and achieve robust near-threshold-voltage (NTV) operation in nanoscale CMOS. We will discuss techniques to overcome the challenges posed by device parameter variations, supply noises, temperature excursions, aging-induced degradations, workload and activity changes, and reliability considerations. True Random Number Generator (TRNG) and Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) circuits, the two critical silicon building blocks for generating dynamic and static entropy for encryption keys and digital fingerprints, respectively, will be presented. We will also discuss power and electromagnetic physical side-channel-attack detection and mitigation techniques for enabling robust hardware security.

Biography: Vivek De is an Intel Fellow and Director of Circuit Technology Research in Intel Labs. He is responsible for providing strategic technical directions for long term research in future circuit technologies and leading energy efficiency research across the hardware stack. He has 295 publications in refereed international conferences and journals with a citation H-index of 79, and 227 patents issued with 32 more patents filed (pending). He received an Intel Achievement Award for his contributions to an integrated voltage regulator technology. He is the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Circuits and System Society (CASS) Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award for “pioneering contributions to leading-edge performance and energy-efficient microprocessors & many-core system-on-chip (SoC) designs”. He received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He received a B.Tech from IIT Madras, India, a MS from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Nitin Sharma, General Manager, Analog Devices

Title: 5G Evolution- A Silicon Solution Provider’s Perspective

Abstract: The next generation of wireless technology, 5G communications, is on a path to transform and improve our lives while offering huge opportunities for business, industry, and consumers. This realignment from the digital age into a 5G data-driven one will produce a seismic shift in industry. The 5G cycle is well underway, with several commercial deployments and many field trials in progress globally. 5G massive MIMO systems add many more radio channels to the system scaling from typical 8T8R (eight transmitters, eight receivers) to a system of 64T64R. While the massive MIMO systems provide much improvement in base station capacity, this improvement comes at the cost of higher complexity in the radio head. Solving these challenges require a system-level approach to the radio silicon and system design. The development of advanced transceivers that enable these new systems requires a convergence of multiple disciplines of design including Analog, RF, Digital, Algorithms, and Software. The presentation will delve into the increasing importance of systems-thinking and will explore the independencies between teams and skills needed to create state of the art 5G RF transceivers and systems.

Biography: Nitin Sharma is a technology executive with 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, primarily focused in wireless technology development. He currently is the General Manager with in the Communications Business Unit at Analog Devices where he leads the strategy and execution of the RF transceiver product development team. He has held several positions in engineering, product development, and management with leading semiconductor and telecommunications companies. Nitin is passionate about identifying emerging market trends and creating innovative technologies to address market needs. Nitin holds a MSEE from John Hopkins University and an Executive MBA from Boston University. Nitin lives in Raleigh North Carolina with his wife and son and is often be found walking around with a camera slung over his shoulder.