Iranian Scientists Manufacture 1st Radar on a Chip

Monday, April 21, 2008

An Iranian associate professor, called Ali Hajimiri, of the California Institute of Technology has manufactured a radar system on a chip.

Existence of such an internal radar system in cars has been an aspiration of scientists for many years.

Professor Hajimiri's group does research on integrated circuits and their applications in various disciplines. As a result of the group’s research, such an instrument may become available to consumers in the near future.

This technology can have many applications. For example, the microchip can be used for setting up wireless, high frequency communication system and can replace the current system of fiberoptic networks at a much lower cost.

The frequency at which the chip runs - 24 Gigahertz - falls right into the spectrum allocated by the FCC for vehicular radar systems.

Ali Hajimiri received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Stanford University in 1996 and 1998, respectively.

He was a Design Engineer with Philips Semiconductors, where he worked on a BiCMOS chipset for GSM and cellular units from 1993 to 1994. In 1995, he joined Sun Microsystems, where he worked on the UltraSPARC microprocessor's cache RAM design methodology. During the summer of 1997, he was with Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs), Murray Hill, NJ, where he investigated low-phase-noise integrated oscillators. In 1998, he joined the Faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the director of Microelectronics Laboratory. His research interests are high-speed and RF integrated circuits.

Dr. Hajimiri is the author of The Design of Low Noise Oscillators (Boston, MA: Springer, 1999) and has authored and coauthored more than one hundred refereed journal and conference technical articles. He holds more than two dozens U.S. and European patents. He is a member of the Technical Program Committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He has also served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (TCAS): Part-II, a member of the Technical Program Committees of the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, and the Guest Editorial Board of Transactions of Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan (IEICE).

Dr. Hajimiri was selected to the top 100 innovators (TR100) list in 2004 and is a Fellow of Okawa Foundation. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State and Microwave Societies. He is the recipient of Caltech's Graduate Students Council Teaching and Mentoring award as well as Associated Students of Caltech Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Gold Medal winner of the National Physics Competition and the Bronze Medal winner of the 21st International Physics Olympiad, Groningen, Netherlands. He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State circuits Best Paper Award of 2004, the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Jack Kilby Outstanding Paper Award, two times co-recipient of CICC’s best paper awards, and a three times winner of the IBM faculty partnership award as well as National Science Foundation CAREER award. He is a cofounder of Axiom Microdevices Inc.

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