Raychowdhury Selected for 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award

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Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Arijit Raychowdhury has been selected for the 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award (QFA) for his contributions to low-power system-on-a-chip (SoC) design, including his group’s work on power-management and clocking circuits that have impacted Qualcomm’s internal research and development. 

The QFA supports key professors and their research, with the goal of strengthening Qualcomm’s engagement with faculty who also play a key role in Qualcomm’s recruiting of top graduate students.

Fine-grain power-management plays a critical role in improving the energy-efficiency of low-power SoCs and requires a close-loop control between system software and embedded hardware. Over the last five-plus years, Raychowdhury’s group has pioneered novel control topologies for improving the integration and performance of embedded voltage regulators, and his students have obtained multiple Best Paper Awards and scholarships based on their work. 

Their research has also led to multiple papers in premier venues — such as the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the VLSI Symposium, and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits – as well joint technology development with several semiconductor companies, including Qualcomm. In particular, Raychowdhury’s group proposed a new circuit concept – co-regulation of clock and power-supply in a single control loop – that is currently being prototyped and evaluated by Qualcomm’s Processor Research Group.

Raychowdhury is a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), where he leads the Integrated Circuits and Systems Research Lab. Before joining ECE in 2013, Raychowdhury was a staff scientist at Intel’s Circuit Research Lab. His research interests include digital and mixed-signal designs with applications in microprocessors, SoCs, AI accelerators, and power-management integrated circuits.

Wang Receives 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award

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Hua Wang has been selected for the 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award (QFA) for his contributions to wideband energy-efficient radio-frequency (RF)/mm-Wave circuits and novel wireless transceiver system architectures that have widely impacted the research and development in the commercial sector of the semiconductor industry. 

The QFA supports key professors and their research, with the goal of strengthening Qualcomm’s engagement with faculty who also play a key role in Qualcomm’s recruiting of top graduate students.

There is a rapidly growing need for high-performance RF/mm-Wave front-end circuits and transceiver systems to address the numerous 5G and Beyond 5G wireless communications and sensing applications. Wang's research group has pioneered a variety of novel circuit topologies and system architectures that are agnostic to process technology platforms and can radically improve the bandwidth, energy-efficiency, and robustness of RF/mm-Wave circuits and systems. Wang's research has led to multiple papers in premier venues, including the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC).

An associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Wang leads the Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-Systems (GEMS) Lab. His research interests include innovating analog, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and hybrid systems for wireless communications, sensing, and bioelectronics applications.

Wang is also the recipient of the 2020 DARPA Director's Fellowship, 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2017 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He held the Georgia Tech ECE Demetrius T. Paris Professorship from 2014 to 2018. 

Wang has authored or co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. His GEMS research group has won multiple academic awards and best paper awards, including the 2019 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar, the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium Best Student Paper Awards (2014, 2016, and 2018), the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) Outstanding Student Paper Awards (2015, 2018, and 2019), the IEEE CICC Best Conference Paper Award (2017), the 2016 IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award, and the IEEE SENSORS Best Live Demo Award (2016).

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