MEMORY: Static, dynamic, and non-volatile memories for stand-alone and embedded applications; memory/SSD controllers; high-bandwidth I/O interfaces; memories based on phase-change, magnetic, spin-transfer-torque, ferroelectric, and resistive materials; array architectures and circuits to improve low-voltage operation, power reduction, reliability, and fault tolerance; application-specific circuit enhancements within the memory subsystem, including in-memory logic functions and compute.
POWER MANAGEMENT: Power management and control circuits, regulators; switched-mode power converter ICs using inductive, capacitive, and hybrid techniques; energy harvesting circuits and systems; wide-bandgap topologies and gate-drivers; power and signal isolators; robust power management circuits for automotive and other harsh environments; circuits for lighting, wireless power and envelope modulators.
RF CIRCUITS and WIRELESS SYSTEMS**: Building blocks and complete solutions at RF, mm-Wave and THz frequencies for receivers, transmitters, frequency synthesizers, transceivers, SoCs, and SiPs. Innovative circuit-level and system-architecture solutions for established wireless standards and future systems or applications such as radar, sensing, and imaging.
TECHNOLOGY DIRECTIONS: Emerging IC and system solutions for: biomedical, sensor interfaces, analog signal processing, power management, computation (including non-CMOS machine learning), data storage, and communication; non-silicon-, carbon-, organic-, metal-oxide-, compound-semiconductor- and new-device-based circuits; nano, flexible, large-area, stretchable, printable, spintronics, quantum, optical, integrated photonics, and 3D-integrated electronics.
WIRELINE: Receivers/transmitters/transceivers for wireline systems, including backplane transceivers, copper-cable links, chip-to-chip communications, 2.5/3D interconnect, on-chip links, optical links, and silicon photonics; exploratory I/O circuits for advancing data rates, bandwidth density, power efficiency, equalization, robustness, adaptation capability, and design methodology; building blocks for wireline transceivers (such as AGCs, analog and ADC/DAC-based front ends, equalizers, clock generation and distribution circuits including PLLs, line drivers, and hybrids).