Decadal Plan for Semiconductors: New Trajectories for Analog Electronics

Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Computing and, more generally, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is the social-economic growth engine of the modern world. This electronic processing and transmission of information includes the explosion of sensing for real-world applications in many market segments, such as industrial manufacturing and automation, robotics, health, environmental, infrastructure and automotive.

The rapid growth of sensing is resulting in the exponential creation of data that must be moved, stored, computed, communicated, secured and converted to end user information. Sensing the real world through analog electronics is generating an analog data deluge beyond effective consumption and use, therefore new analog and intelligent sensing systems need to be discovered that would dramatically reduce raw data to actionable information as well as effective conversion of real world stimulus to usable entities.

The main goal of the webinar is to identify a compelling research agenda based on the Decadal Plan for Semiconductors to discover new approaches to intelligent sensing and analog future challenges. The underlying technical challenge is the reduction of raw data with a focus on minimum information needed.


Decadal Plan for Semiconductors: New Trajectories for Analog Electronics


Answers to questions submitted during webinar



June 10, 2021




David Isaacs
Vice President, Government Affairs
Semiconductor Industry Association

David Isaacs is vice president of government affairs at SIA, where he is responsible for all aspects of the association’s work related to government policy and advocacy before the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and international organizations.

Before joining SIA, David was senior vice president, government relations of Solazyme Inc., a leading renewable energy startup based in South San Francisco, California. In that capacity he was responsible for securing government support to advance Solazyme’s commercialization and research objectives. He previously served as director, government affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company, where he led the D.C. office and directed a global team on HP’s technology, environmental, energy policy, and other priority policy matters. He was an associate at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C., and started his career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.


Jim Wieser
Director of University Research and Technology
Texas Instruments

Jim Wieser serves Texas Instruments as Director of University Research and Technology within the university relations organization in close collaboration with the CTO Office. In this role he identifies and drives strategic technology initiatives, research strategy and aligns university research to the needs of the company. His semiconductor experience spans over 40 years in the areas of design, product development management and technologist. He is an IEEE Senior Member and SRC Executive Technical Advisory Board member for TI.


Dave Robertson
Senior Technology Director
Analog Devices

David H. Robertson has been with Analog Devices since graduating from Dartmouth College in 1985.  He has worked on a wide variety of high speed D/A and A/D converters on complementary bipolar, BiCMOS and CMOS processes.  Dave is presently a Senior Technology Director in Analog’s Automotive, Communications and Aerospace , and is an ADI Technical Fellow.

Dave holds 15 patents on converter and mixed signal circuits, has more than a dozen published peer reviewed papers.  He has participated in numerous “best panel” International Solid State Circuits Conference evening panel sessions, and was co-author of the paper that received the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits 1997 Best Paper Award.  Dave is a senior member of the IEEE, and served on the ISSCC technical program committee from 2000 through 2008, chairing the Analog and Data Converter subcommittees from 2002 to 2008, and chaired the ISSCC Forum committee in 2021.


Wai Lee
Chief Technologist, Sensing Business
Texas Instruments

Dr. Wai Lee is the Chief Technologist for the Sensing Business at Texas Instruments. Over his 28 years career at TI, he has led research and product development in DSP, high-speed serial interfaces, and audio amplifiers. In the last ten years, he has been focusing on sensors and sensing products. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at MIT.


Steven Spurgeon, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Energy and Environment Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Steven R. Spurgeon is a research staff scientist in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, United States. His work focuses on data-driven approaches to understanding the synthesis, structure, and properties of materials for next-generation electronics, quantum computing, and energy storage. He has published over 45 journal articles and book chapters and has received awards from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Materials Research Society, the Microscopy Society of America, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to joining PNNL, he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Drexel University and his B.S. in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University.


Mark Rodwell
Doluca Family Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mark Rodwell holds the Doluca Family Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB and directs the SRC/DARPA Center for Converged TeraHertz Communications and Sensing.  His research group develops nm and THz transistors and high-frequency integrated circuits and wireless communications systems.  He and his collaborators received the 2010 IEEE Sarnoff Award,  the 2012 Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 1997 IEEE Microwave Prize, the 2009 IEEE IPRM Conference Award, and the 1998 European Microwave Conference Microwave Prize.


Boris Murmann
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Boris Murmann is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 2004 after completing his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. His research interests are in mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with special emphasis on sensor interfaces, data converters and custom circuits for embedded machine learning.


Kostas Doris
NXP Semiconductors

Kostas Doris is Fellow at NXP Semiconductors and part time Professor at Technical University of Eindhoven. His is working in the field of mm-wave CMOS radar for automotive and in high speed data converters. Kostas is the (co-) author of several papers, patents, and books in the field of data converters. He served IEEE in as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions of Circuits and Systems, Technical Program Committee member and EU Chair, while currently he supports the Forum committee as forum champion.