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Nov. 15 (Tue.), 8:50-9:35
Dr. Youm Huh (CEO, Silicon Mitus, Inc., Korea)
Nov. 15 (Tue.), 9:40-10:25
Dr. Toshiaki Masuhara (President, LEAP, Japan)
Nov. 16 (Wed.), 8:30-9:15
Dr. Chung-Yu Wu (Professor of National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Nov. 16 (Wed.), 9:20-10:05
Dr. Alan Wong (University of Oxford, UK)

Dr. Youm Huh
CEO, Silicon Mitus, Inc., Korea

“Future Direction of Power Management in Mobile Applications”


Power management in the electronic products is changing from its traditional role of power distribution to “smart” management of electric power. While conventional management functions were realized in terms of discrete and small scale ICs on the PCB board, recent advancement of mobile products such as smart phones and tablet computers has driven integration of various management functions into a single chip to support new application requirements: power conversion efficiency, power conservation spanning from the architecture to the circuit level, form factor, cost reduction, precise power regulation for continuously increasing system performance, etc. Furthermore, this integration will extend beyond power management as a companion chip of digital SoC. In this talk, I will discuss the new trend of power management functions required for next generation mobile products and engineering challenges with direction to possible solutions.


Dr. Youm Huh is Founder and CEO of Silicon Mitus Inc., a fabless company specializing in power analog semiconductor. Silicon Mitus received the “Start-up to Watch” award from the Global Semiconductor Association in 2009. He is also serving as Chairman of Korea System-Semiconductor Industry Forum, Vice Chairman of Korea Semiconductor Industry Association, and member of Asia-Pacific Leadership Counsel of Global Semiconductor Association. He is a member of Korea National Academy of Engineering. Prior to Silicon Mitus, he was the founding CEO of MagnaChip Semiconductor, a spin-off from Hynix where he led the separation process with private equity firms. Prior to MangnaChip, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of System IC Business of Hynix Semiconductor. His past professional positions include Senior Vice President and CTO of Hyundai Electronics America in San Jose for 3 years, Executive Director of Computer Systems Business at Samsung Electronics for 5 years, and Research Associate at Stanford Computer Systems Laboratory for 3 years. Dr. Huh received Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.S. from KAIST, and B.S. from Seoul National University, all in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Toshiaki Masuhara
President, LEAP, Japan

“Challenge of Low Voltage & Low Power IC toward Sustainable Future”


Future society requires networking of efficient mobile, wearable and/or implantable IT/electronics and cloud computing to fulfill applications not only simply providing and exchanging data and information to people, but also connecting to various systems such as robot network, healthcare systems and smart grids. Very small electronics terminals are operated by batteries or energy harvesting means and connected to efficient, robust and secure data centers, transport services, healthcare systems and smart grids. Increased processing capability and storage, as well as sensor and analog functions with much less power than it is now become increasingly important.

Future of scaling of CMOS, however, is not as flat as it was in the past because of device and circuit limitations. This paper describes past, present and future challenges of CMOS integrated circuits focusing on low voltage and low power operation capability. Some of the key device and circuit solutions such as variation-free transistors, nonvolatile memories and switches that exchange present-day SRAMs and DRAMs, and low voltage analog, RF and power supply circuits and 3D-integration of chip or wafer stack technologies are covered.


Toshiaki Masuhara obtained B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in 1967, 1969 and in 1977, respectively. From 1969 to 1974, he was a member of the technical staff at Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan, where he worked on depletion-load NMOS integrated circuits and modeling of sub-threshold characteristics of MOS transistors. From 1974 to 1975, he was a special student, EECS, UC. Berkeley where he worked on double-diffused MOS transistors and a new CMOS process. In 1975, he returned to Hitachi Lab. and worked on new high speed CMOS SRAM. He became GM in 1997, and then Senior Chief Engineer. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Sub Project Leader of the MIRAI Project as an Executive VP of ASET. In 2010, he assumed his current position. He is a member of IEEE and IEICE, Japan. He became an IEEE fellow in 1994 and Life Fellow in 2011. He was the 1992 program co-chairman, 1993 program chairman, 1996 general co-chairman and 1997 chairman of VLSI Circuit Symposium. He was an elected member of the IEEE SSCS Adcom from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Chung-Yu Wu
Professor of National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

“Medical Electronics---A Challenging Research and Industry Frontier”


The demand on high-quality and low-cost healthcare and medical diagnoses/treatment has been rapidly increased as the aging society is coming. Medical electronics becomes an exciting research frontier of future electronics industry where intelligent instrument/clinical devices which treat intractable neurological disorders or chronic diseases, advanced biomimetric devices/systems, artificial organs, etc. are developed with heterogeneous integration of technologies. Medical electronics is an area that bridges engineering, biology, and medicine disciplines and has great opportunities for industry and new science findings. Two implantable medical electronic systems will be presented. One is the sub-retinal implantation system for visual prostheses and the other is close-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) system for epilepsy. The sub-retinal implantation system transforms light into electrical pulses to stimulate ganglion cells to restore vision. The DBS system detects patient’s ECoG and automatically generates electrical stimulating pulses to suppress epilepsy. Finally, research challenges and perspectives of medical electronics will be discussed. The promotion effort in Taiwan will also be addressed.


Dr. Peter (Chung-Yu) Wu (1998 IEEE Fellow) is Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University and Program Director of National Program on Nano Technology, Taiwan. He served as Vice President for Conferences in 2004 -2005, and was a Board of Governor (BoG) member in 2003 in IEEE Circuit and System (CAS) Society. He was General Chair of 1994 IEEE APCCAS Conference. Dr. Wu served as Guest Editors of November 2003 Nanoelectronics Special Issue for the Proceedings of the IEEE and Aug. 1997 Multimedia Special Issue for IEEE Trans on CSVT, Dr. Wu is the founding Chair of Technical Committee on Nanoelectronics and Giga-scale Systems. He served as Chair of Neural Technical Committee and Multimedia Technical Committee. In regional activities area, Dr. Wu served as CAS Taipei Chapter Chair and IEEE Taipei Section Chair. In 2007-2010, Dr. Wu served as president of National Chiao Tung University and Program Director of National Program on System-on-Chip. Currently, Dr. Wu serves as the President of Taiwan Engineering Medicine & Biology Association (TWEMBA) promoting biomedical device and biomedical electronics research and development.

Dr. Alan Wong
University of Oxford, UK

“Disposable Semiconductor Healthcare Devices; From Digital Plasters to DNA Sequencing”


Alan Wong graduated in Engineering from the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently VP of Technology at Toumaz Ltd where he leads the IC design team, and is actively engaged in SoC development for medical WBAN applications. Alan Wong has been actively involved in the IEEE 802.15.6 task group working to develop a wireless standard for body-area networks, with a particular focus on medical monitoring applications. Prior to Toumaz he held positions with Sony Semiconductor and Tokyo Electron Ltd, and has been working in wireless IC and SoC design since 1997.