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CCCD Workshop 2007
"10 Years of Success in Wireless SoC - A Solid Foundation for the Future"

September 6-7, 2007
Grand Hotel, Lund

About CCCD

The Competence Center for Circuit Design (CCCD) was formally established on January 1, 1998, at the Department of Applied Electronics (now Electroscience), Lund University, along with VINNOVA and a number of industrial partners. With the focus set on mobile communication and strategic goal of system-on-chip, all aspects in circuit design from monolithic radio front-end through analog mixed-signal ASIC to digital and DSP-ASIC are well represented in the center.

Analog and RF Design

Analog and RF Circuit Design will always face challenges in the form of shrinking design boundaries, higher performance require-ments, and the need for fully integrated solutions. Demands are increasing due to the evolution of process technology, which enables higher frequencies but at the same time lowers the limits for supply voltage, which in turn lessens voltage headroom and dynamic range.
As technology improves, new circuit architecture must be developed and older building blocks must be re-examined to ensure that they meet the new standards of wireless communica-tion. It is likely that, within a few years, MOS transistors will operate in weak inversion. This change in the analog design space will create further challenges. And since many of the new applications assume very low-cost implementations of high frequency building blocks, low-cost technology such as main-stream CMOS will become increasingly important.
To address these demands, the Analog and RF Circuit Design Group is currently running several projects that consider design issues ranging from the architectural level to crucial building blocks.
This group is divided into two sub-areas: Monolithic Transceivers and Linearization Techniques; and includes Associate Professor Henrik Sjöland, Adjunct Professors Sven Mattisson and Lars Sundström, and ten Ph.D. students.

Mixed Signal Design

The group's research has been focused on three areas of mixed signal IC design for wireless communication systems. The first and second concern the bottlenecks of a heterogeneous system, i.e. high performance A/D and D/A conversions with an emphasis on speed, accuracy, dynamic range, low power, low voltage and embedded solutions. The third concerns one of the key issues for system-on-chip integration, i.e. the design methodology for reducing the interference between different parts of a hetero-geneous system, such as low noise emitting digital circuit techniques and robust analog circuit solutions.
The research topics of the Mixed Signal Circuit Design Group include: Wide Dynamic Range A/D Converters, Low-Glitch and RF D/A Converters, High Speed Early Sampling and Digitizing, and Design Techniques for Single Chip Mixed Signal Circuits and Systems. Circuit implementations include floating-point ADC, interpolation DAC, direct digital RF quadrature modulator, charge-sampling ADC and FIR filter, interpolation multi-phase clock generators, and silent digital logic circuits, etc. To date, the Mixed Signal Design group has transferred three patents to its industrial partners in these areas.
This group includes Professor Jiren Yuan and six Ph.D. students.     

Digital ASIC Design

During the 90's, functionality of digital integrated circuits in-creased considerably. At the same time, due to the increasing complexity of systems, the complexity of the algorithms neces-sary to implement on a single die also increased. Moore's law is not sufficient to sustain these increasing demands in complexity, and hardware efficient implementation and increased integration are essential to achieving competitive solutions.
Unfortunately, EDA-tools and design methodologies have not pro-gressed at the same rate, which has left a design gap between the number of transistors that can be implemented on a single die and the number that can be used efficiently.
New strategies that balance the  conflicting requirements of calculation capacity, power consumption, flexibility, and (to some extent) silicon area are needed to bridge this gap. MIPS-intensive parts are the most power hungry and should be considered for application specific implementation. By utilizing tailored archi-tectures and streamlined dataflow, several orders of magnitude of improvement in power savings and/or calculation capacity can be gained.
The research within the Digital ASIC group explores new metho-dologies and new architectures in an effort to create efficient solutions that take into account all levels of circuit design, including the development of hardware accelerators as a comple-ment to programmable kernels. By collaborating with theoretical researchers to explore the field of algorithm/hardware co-opti-mization, we can find algorithmic trade-offs between perform-ance and implementation complexity. Furthermore, key building blocks of digital circuits are implemented for use in other projects. Generic design techniques like arithmetic explorations and on-chip clocking strategies are also investigated.
This group includes Associate Professors Peter Nilsson and Viktor Öwall, Adjunct Professor Mats Torkelson, and thirteen Ph.D. students.



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