Singapore, 11 November 2013 – A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has successfully contributed nine papers to the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference 2013 (IEEE A-SSCC 2013), the leading international forum for the most updated and advanced chips and circuits design in solid-state and semiconductor fields. The conference will be held for the first time in Singapore today and will span over the next three days till 13 November 2013.

In alignment with the conference theme, “Integrated Circuits and Systems for a Mobile Society”, the papers delve into technology developments and enhancements of microelectronic systems for use in areas such as medical device applications. These include low power Electrocardiography (ECG) processors and miniaturized neuromonitoring systems. The technologies extend beyond Moore’s Law of heightened performance and miniaturization to focus on more intuitive devices using signal processing and wireless ICs as well as sensor interface ICs.

The papers, which will be presented by IME scientists, are co-authored with researchers from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and National Neuroscience Institute. Further details are available in Annex A.

Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of A*STAR’s IME, will be addressing the participants in his plenary speech on “Future Mobile Society Beyond Moore’s Law” on 12 November. He will be explaining the recent advances and challenges of “More-than-Moore” technologies, which centre on seamless connectivity and continuous navigation.

This conference serves as an excellent platform for the gathering of the industry’s brightest IC design engineers and researchers to synergize and innovate on technologically advanced and yet commercially viable solutions,” said Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong. “IME is honoured to be contributing to this conference as we look forward to sharing our research and development capabilities on creating high value microelectronic systems for an increasingly mobile society of the future.

About the Institute of Microelectronics (IME)

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Positioned to bridge the R&D between academia and industry, IME's mission is to add value to Singapore's semiconductor industry by developing strategic competencies, innovative technologies and intellectual property; enabling enterprises to be technologically competitive; and cultivating a technology talent pool to inject new knowledge to the industry. Its key research areas are in integrated circuits design, advanced packaging, bioelectronics and medical devices, MEMS, nanoelectronics, and photonics. For more information about IME, please visit

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia and centres, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity. A*STAR supports Singapore’s key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. It also supports extramural research in the universities, and with other local and international partners.

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25 to 300 Degree Celsius 80bps Acoustic Transmitter Based on Crystal-Less Temperature-Independent Frequency Reference with Differential Modulation for Drilling Noise Power CancellationLianhong Zhou1,2, Libin Yao1, Chun-Huat Heng1, Muthukumaraswamy Annamalai2, Minkyu Je2, Wei Kwang Han3, Laksmi Sutha3 and Yong Liang Guan3 1ECE Department, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore, 3School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore

A 457-nW Cognitive Multi-Functional ECG ProcessorXin Liu1, Jun Zhou1, Yongkui Yang1,2, Bo Wang1,2, Lang Jingjing1, Chao Wang1, Jianwen Luo1, Wang Ling Goh2, Tae-Hyoung Kim2 and Minkyu Je1 1Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore, 2School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

HEPP: A New In-Situ Timing-Error Prediction and Prevention Technique for Variation-Tolerant Ultra Low Voltage DesignsJun Zhou, Xin Liu, Yat Hei Lam, Chao Wang, Kah Hyong Chang, Jingjing Lan and Minkyu Je Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore

A Fast and Energy-Efficient Level Shifter with Wide Shifting Range from Sub-threshold up to I/O VoltageJun Zhou, Chao Wang, Xin Liu, Xin Zhang and Minkyu Je Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore

A 0.18V Charge-Pumped DFF with 50.8% Energy-Delay Reduction for Near-/Sub-threshold CircuitsBo Wang1,2, Jun Zhou2, Kah Hyong Chang2, Minkyu Je2 and Tony T.Kim1 1VIRTUS, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore

A Pressure/Oxygen/Temperature Sensing SoC for Multimodality Intracranial NeuromonitoringWai Pan Chan1, Arup K. George1,2, Margarita Sofia Narducci1, Julius Ming-Lin Tsai1, Abdur Rub Abdur Rahman1, Mi Kyoung Park1, Jai Prashanth Rao3, Yuan Gao1 and Minkyu Je1 1Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore, 2Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 3National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore

An Energy-Autonomous Piezoelectric Energy Harvester Interface Circuit with 0.3V Startup VoltageYuan Gao1, I Made Darmayuda1, San-Jeow Cheng1, Minkyu Je1 and Chun-Huat Heng2 1Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore, 2Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

A Time-Domain Smart Temperature Sensor without an Explicit Bandgap Reference in SOI CMOS Operating up to 225°CJerrin Pathrose1,2, Lei Zou1, Kevin T.C Chai2, Minkyu Je2,1 and Yong Ping Xu1 1Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore

A Wireless Power Management and Data Telemetry Circuit Module for High-Compliance-Voltage-Electrical Stimulation ApplicationsJianming Zhao1,2, Lei Yao2, Rui-Feng Xue3, Peng Li2, Minkyu Je1,2 and Yong Ping Xu1 1Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore, 3Philips Research China, Shanghai, China 


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