21st International Mixed-Signal Testing Workshop
Catalunya, Spain
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Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guíxols
July 4-6, 2016

Keynote Plenary Session

Keynote Speaker (Plenary Session IOLTS, IMSTW, IVSW)

Karim Arabi, Vice President, R&D at Qualcomm

Title: Driving opportunities and technical challenges of the next wave of semiconductors devices


The semiconductor industry in general and mobile computing in particular have been characterized by constant changes and rapid expansions. Aggressive silicon integration technology scaling driven my Moore’s law combined with heterogeneous computing, advanced low power design techniques, efficient wireless and connectivity solutions and advances in a plethora of sensor technology have been critical enablers of the semiconductor industry. Mobile computing continues to drive innovation in technologies that will enable new use cases and applications in an energy and cost efficient manner. The industry is now evolving quickly to leverage these capabilities to address the emerging wearable, automotive, robotic, medical and IoT opportunities which are expected to sustain growth of semiconductor devices for the next decade. Choice of device architectures and features are impacted by market requirements and mega trends. In this presentation mega trends, opportunities and challenges driving next generation medical, automotive and IoT devices will be reviewed.


Dr. Karim Arabi is Vice President, R&D at Qualcomm where he is head of Corp. R&D ASIC department responsible for research and development in next generation ASIC and new product development. Previously, he was VP, Engineering and Technology at Dialog Semiconductor responsible for driving overall technology and new product development. Karim held technical positions at PMC Sierra and Cirrus Logic and was co-founder of Opmaxx, an innovative startup in analog design, test and automation. Karim obtained his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, Canada and his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. Karim is interested in technology development for mobile computing and all aspects of mobile SoC architecture, design and implementation. He has worked on SoC and CPU architectures, modems, mixed-signal and RFIC design, PMIC design and semiconductor technology. Dr. Arabi has published more than 100 papers and holds several patents covering key SoC design technologies.

Keynote Opening Session

Abhijit Chatterjee, Professor, School of ECE, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA



Real-time systems for wireless communication, digital signal processing and control experience a wide gamut of operating conditions (signal/channel noise, workload demand, perturbed process conditions). As a consequence they need to be tuned in the field to maximize performance, reliability and error-resilience while minimizing power consumption. To enable such adaptation, we propose to sense device operating conditions using post-manufacture and real-time checking mechanisms that rely on the use of built-in sensors and/or low-overhead function encoding techniques, respectively. A key capability is that of being able to deduce multiple performance parameters of the system-under-test using compact optimized stimulus using learning algorithms. The sensors and function encodings assess the effects of anomalies introduced into the relevant systems due to workload, manufacturing process imperfections and induced noise. These are then mitigated through the use of algorithm-through-circuit level compensation techniques that continuously trade off performance vs. power of the individual software and hardware modules in such a way as to deliver the end-to-end desired application level Quality of Service (QoS), while minimizing energy/power consumption. Application to wireless communications systems, digital signal processing and control algorithms is discussed.


Abhijit Chatterjee is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received his Ph.D in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. Dr. Chatterjee received the NSF Research Initiation Award in 1993 and the NSF CAREER Award in 1995. He has received six Best Paper Awards and three Best Paper Award nominations. His work on self-healing chips was featured as one of General Electric's key technical achievements in 1992 and was cited by the Wall Street Journal. In 1995, he was named a Collaborating Partner in NASA's New Millennium project. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Faculty for Research Award from the Georgia Tech Packaging Research Center, and in 2000, he received the Outstanding Faculty for Technology Transfer Award, also given by the Packaging Research Center. In 2007, his group received the Margarida Jacome Award for work on VIZOR: Virtually Zero Margin Adaptive RF from the Berkeley Gigascale Research Center (GSRC).

Dr. Chatterjee has authored over 425 papers in refereed journals and meetings and has 20 patents. He is a co-founder of Ardext Technologies Inc., a mixed-signal test solutions company and served as chairman and chief scientist from 2000-2002. His research interests include error-resilient signal processing and control systems, mixed-signal/RF/multi-GHz design and test and adaptive real-time systems. He served as the chair of the VLSI Technical Interest Group at Georgia Tech from 2010-2012. He co-leads the Samsung Center of Excellence in High-Speed Design and Test established at Georgia Tech in 2011.