PhD position in Electrical Engineering

PhD position opened for Sep / Oct 2016 in Integrated Circuit Design (in collaboration with STMicroelectronics)

Subject : High data-rate wireless communication systems using adaptive continuous-time digital signal processing in CMOS 28nm FDSOI

Job description :

IEMN is a joint research institute of CNRS, University of Lille, University of Valenciennes and ISEN School of Engineering. Its main activities are in micro and nanotechnologies, as well as microwave devices, circuits and applications. IEMN has more than 400 researchers and doctoral students and 1000m2 of clean room area. IEMN has several central measurement platforms.

The proposed position is in the frame of the Communication Systems research theme of the STMicroelectronics – IEMN Common Laboratory.

The subject proposes to investigate continuous-time digital signal processing techniques to overcome the challenges associated with integrated and configurable transceivers in a demanding context of ultra-low power and high data rate. These techniques, that require no clocks to operate, offer great advantages in energy efficiency, but are not well established because of the abrupt change of philosophy regarding sampled systems. The goal of the thesis is to propose an out of the box system and circuit solution enabled by the CMOS 28nm UTBB FDSOI unique features, with state-of-the-art performance. Application to 60GHz communication systems or any other high-data rate systems are envisioned.

The PhD work will span from the system-level architecture down to the transistor-level circuit design using Cadence and Mentor design tools. Circuit prototypes will be fabricated and tested to validate the developed concepts and demonstrate improved performance compared to traditional implementations. Publications in highly ranked conferences and journals are targeted.

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