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Democratizing IC Design: The IEEE SSCS PICO Program

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

SSCS January 19, 2023

Inspired by the possibilities of open-source chip design, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) launched its new Platform for IC Design Outreach (PICO) in the summer of 2021. With this program, the SSCS intends to contribute to the new open source movement, forge connections with the fast-growing open source community and help educate next-generation IC designers. This presentation will provide an overview of ongoing SSCS PICO activities and their broader goals and outcomes. These include “Chipathon” competitions with SSCS-sponsored tapeouts in SkyWater’s 130-nm CMOS process as well as the newly established “Code-a-Chip” Travel Grant Award Program. In addition, you will learn how to get started with open source design and how to contribute to the broader ecosystem. Please visit the Society’s GitHub portal for related material:


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. From 1994 to 1997, he was with Neutron Microelectronics, Germany, where he developed low-power and smart-power ASICs. Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant with numerous Silicon Valley companies. Dr. Murmann’s research interests are in mixed-signal integrated circuit design, including sensor interfaces, data conversion, high-speed communication, and embedded machine learning. He was a co-recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 2008 and 2021 VLSI Circuits Symposia, as well as a recipient of the Best Invited Paper Award at the 2008 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). He received the 2009 Agilent Early Career Professor Award, the 2012 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation, and the 2021 SIA-SRC University Researcher Award for lifetime research contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, an AdCom member and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS), the Data Converter Subcommittee Chair and Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), as well as the Technical Program Co-Chair of the tinyML Research Symposium. He currently serves as the chair of the IEEE SSCS Technical Committee on Open-Source Ecosystem and the General Co-Chair of the 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS). He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


January 19
10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
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