2014 Strategic Microelectronics Council (SMC) of ITAC Industrial Collaboration Award

A Ph.D. candidate Zhanjun Bai and current Ph.D. student Xing Zhou from the Department of Electronics, Carleton University won the 2014 Strategic Microelectronics Council (SMC) of ITAC Industrial Collaboration Award. Zhanjun and Xing designed A Novel Clock Distribution System with Injection Locked Rotary Traveling Wave Oscillator and Built-In Self-Test. This project was supervised by Prof. Ralph Mason and industrial partner Dr. Gord Allan. Zhanjun’s project is a licenced IP product and funded by both the Analog Devices Inc, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) –Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant. The reported architecture achieved superior phase noise, integrated rms jitter and FOM. Below are the comments and evaluations from judges:

  • World-leading benchmark performance.
  • Clear value proposition.
  • Critical component for clock generation.
  • Depth and breadth of technical merit.
  • Commercialized as licensed I.P.
  • Well presented with strong expertise.

The video can be found at the CMC website: http://www.cmc.ca/NewsAndEvents/Awards/SMC.aspx
Zhanjun and Xing have an additional publication with Prof. Ralph Mason entitled “A Novel Injection Locked Rotary Traveling Wave Oscillator” found in the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, June 2014. This publication was the highest evaluated paper at the symposium. Mr. Zhanjun Bai was also the former winner of the best student paper award from the 2010 IEEE Solid-State and Integrated Circuit Technology Conference. 

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