March 21, 2008
ECE graduate students Abhishek Jajoo, John Reinke and Leon Wang have been awarded the 3rd prize in the Phase 1 of the 2007-2008 SRC/SIA IC Design Challenge. Their contest entry integrates their Ph.D. research in RF MEMS devices and circuits into an implementable design for "A Tunable Multiband RF MEMS Transceiver Front-End."
The group is one of 47 design teams from 28 universities that entered this contest sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Winners receive cash prizes and an opportunity to have their designs fabricated by Jazz Semiconductor (where former ECE graduate, Marco Racanelli is the Vice President of Technology and Engineering). ECE professors Tamal Mukherjee and Gary Fedder are the faculty advisors to these ECE students.
ECE alumnus Ramesh Harjani, now Professor at the University of Minnesota, was the faculty lead of the team that received the 2nd prize in this contest.
In addition to the top three teams, another five teams were also chosen by the judges to participate in Phase 2. All eight teams will present posters at TECHCON 2008.
The eight teams will finalize their designs by mid-May and submit them to Jazz for fabrication. Fabricated devices will be returned to the teams in September after which they will test/characterize their circuits and submit a final report for judging. The top three overall Design Challenge winners (Phase 2 winners) will be announced in early 2009 and will receive awards of $25K, $15K, and $10K for first, second and third place respectively.