Electrical & Computer Engineering     |     Carnegie Mellon

Wednesday, October 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m. HH-1112

Ruchir Puri
IBM T J Watson Research Center

High-Performance Circuit Synthesis and Technology Issues

In this era of multi-billion dollar fabrication cost and nanometer technologies, it is crucial to exploit manufacturing technology to its fullest extent by innovative circuit design. In addition, to increase designer productivity, it is essential to develop automated synthesis tools to efficiently design these circuits. In this talk, I will outline the advances in logic synthesis tools for automated synthesis of high-performance circuit families such as fast static logic, domino logic, and pass-transistor logic circuits. The technology issues affecting the robustness and performance of advanced logic circuits will also be discussed.

Ruchir Puri received his M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur, India in 1990, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1994 where he received ACM/IEEE Design Automation scholarship for his research. He has been with IBM T J Watson Research Center since 1995, where he conducts research in the area of Design Automation and VLSI Design. His research covers logic and physical synthesis algorithms for IBM's microprocessors and ASICs. He has also been responsible for analyzing and evaluating the design issues involved in implementing high-performance circuits in advanced technologies such as SOI. He holds 8 U.S. patents and has authored over 35 publications. His paper on domino logic synthesis was rated the best synthesis paper in ICCAD-96 and the patent related to this research also received IBM's most significant patents award. He is an adjunct assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, New York where he taught VLSI design and Circuits. He has served on technical program committees of several conferences including ICCD, and Great lakes VLSI symposium.