Prof. David Wentzloff, assistant professor in the division of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, received a DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research
in the area of Micro/Nano-Electronics.
His research project, "3D Wireless Interconnect for Crossbar Routing in
Many-Core Processors," involves development of a wireless 3D interconnection
fabric that can serve as a backbone to simultaneously provide communication
channels and crossbar routing across multiple stacked die for
highly-parallel digital integrated circuits.
Prof. Wentzloff states that what is truly innovative in the research is the
use of physical layer circuits to extend the distance of wireless
communication, which will enable multiple wireless links to share a common
channel that spans multiple stacked die (as shown in the diagram).
3D communication enables communication among a heterogeneous stack of die,"
explains Wentzloff, "such as a digital signal processing IC in a CMOS
process and a radio frequency front-end IC in a SiGE process. It also
facilitates communication among stacked processors and memories for
many-core processors, which can lead to more energy-efficient processing in
servers, for example."
Prof. Wentzloff concentrates his teaching in the area of circuits. He has
taught the junior level course Electronic Circuits (EECS 311), the senior
level course Monolithic Amplifier Circuits (EECS 413) which also serves as a
Major Design Experience course for undergraduate students, and the graduate
level course Analog Integrated Circuits (EECS 522).
About the DARPA Young Faculty Award
Prof. Wentzloff received the
Faculty Award through DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office. The
program exists to "identify and engage rising research starts in junior
faculty positions in academia." DARPA is especially looking for
research that focuses "on innovations that will enable revolutionary
advances" based on "high-risk/high payoff ideas."
"The long term goal is to develop the next generation of academic
scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus
a significant portion of their career on DoD and National Security issues."
Posted: September 29, 2009 by
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