SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. After three days and nights of parallel sessions, the last paper has been presented at this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). So what did you see that got your juices flowing?
For Gwilym Luff, a principal design engineer at Intersil, advances in analog converters and chopper stabilizer devices made the biggest impression. The work will make it easier to create a broader range of more accurate digital sensors, enabling all sorts of SoC designs, he said.
Behzad Razavi, a well-known expert in communications and professor at UCLA, agreed. ISSCC hosted an entire session on successive-approximation ADCs this year that show the promise of bringing into the digital realm more of the work of handling high-speed communications.
A video of our talk with Razavi is below. And below that, we'd invite your comments on what you thought was surprising or significant at ISSCC 2010.
I don't think I have ever seen so many ISSCC papers that had power figures prominently featured in their titles. MIPS and megahertz have given way to milliwatts and picojoules as the new figures of merit. Power is the new performance.
Another IBM paper discussed the use of extra thin, fully depleted SOI. The catalog of advantages was impressive, although I am certain that there are huge fabrication problems lurking. The problems are worth solving.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.