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SSCS DL Talk: On-Chip Self-Interference Mitigation for Integrated Systems – Prof. Chris Rudell

December 5, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Several efforts of the last decade have demonstrated a radio transceiver’s ability to simultaneously transmit and receive using the same frequency band – this is commonly referred to as in-band full duplex communication. Numerous performance challenges are presented to the analog, mixed-signal and digital IC designer when attempting to suppress the strong transmitter self-interference (SI) which degrades the receiver’s SNDR. Specifically, any SI mitigation circuitry will degrade the RX’s linearity, noise figure, and reciprocal mixing performance, moreover these circuits demand high cancellation bandwidth and depth, in addition to algorithms to adapt and optimize suppression circuits in real-time. Even though integrated full duplex transceivers have been the subject of intense research, the topic of self-interference cancellation is by no means limited to wireless communication systems. In fact, many other commercial and biomedical applications benefit from the ability to suppress transmitted/emitted signals in a system that is attempting simultaneously receive, sense or record another signal. Examples include neural interfaces, radar, wireline communication and medical imaging. This presentation will begin by exploring the similarity and differences between the problem of self-interference/signal cancellation in a very diverse application space. Then, two examples of integrated self-interference cancellation systems will be presented, a neural stimulator/sense front-end and several wireless transceivers which represent the state-of-the-art with respect to linearity, noise and cancellation depth, in addition to the ability to adapt mitigation circuitry in real-time. Speaker Bio: Jacques “Chris”tophe Rudell received degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan (BS), and UC Berkeley (MS, PhD). After finish his PhD, he worked for several years as an RF IC designer at Berkana Wireless (now Qualcomm), and Intel Corporation. In January 2009, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is now an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Center for Neural Technology (CNT) and serves as the co-director of the Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits (CDADIC). While a PhD student at UC Berkeley, Dr. Rudell received the Demetri Angelakos Memorial Achievement Award, a citation given to one student per year by the EECS department. He has twice been co-recipient of the best paper awards at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the first of which was the 1998 Jack Kilby Award, followed by the 2001 Lewis Winner Award. He received the 2008 ISSCC best evening session award, and best student paper awards at the 2011 and 2015 RFIC Symposium. Chris is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Dr. Rudell served on the ISSCC technical program committee (2003-2010), and on the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium steering committee (2002-2013), where he was the 2013 General Chair. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (2009-2015). At present, he serves on the technical program committees of the IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCirC) and the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). Speaker(s): Prof. Chris Rudell, Room: 3028, Bldg: Kaiser Building, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2332 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T1Z4, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/335185