Industry Track

Swaminathan Sankaran

Swaminathan Sankaran was born in Madras, India, in 1981. He received the B. Tech degree in electronics and communications engineering from Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry, India in 2002, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 2004. He received his Ph.D. degree from the same department in 2008. He was with Silicon Microwave Integrated Circuits and Systems (SIMICS) research group while he worked towards his Doctorate degree. During summer 2006, he interned at Bitwave Semiconductor Corporation where he was involved in RF circuit design and device modeling. He joined Texas Instruments Inc. in 2008 and is currently Distinguished Member Technical Staff (DMTS), design manager with Texas Instruments Inc. R&D center – Kilby laboratories contributing towards development of high-voltage/speed isolation, RF, mm-wave/THz circuits and systems. He currently serves as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He is a Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) Fellow. His research interests are in analysis and design of RFIC/mm-Wave systems, transmit/receive front ends, clocks/frequency synthesis and high-speed analog circuits in silicon-based processes.

mm-Wave 🡪 sub-THz 🡪 THz sensing/monolithic systems commercialization: Paths and Promise.
In a rapidly changing world, continual advancements in low-cost, mainstream silicon-based processes, organic package technologies and research on low-loss materials have enabled operation in the millimeter-Wave 🡪 sub-THz 🡪 THz regimes. This has allowed for the THz frontier to be continually pushed for acceptable system-level performance. With broader operational bandwidths and sub-/millimeter scale elemental dimensions, the march is on towards constantly increasing frequency of operation while providing promise towards mass production and commoditization. Our commercialization efforts extending the fronts on circuits, packaging, test and systems will be focused on this talk beginning with differentiated sensing product offerings in the millimeter-Wave space followed by next-generation sub-THz look-ahead studies. A focused literature survey covering progress made in extending state-of-art will conclude the talk demonstrating potential for implementing THz systems in mainstream, low-cost platforms.

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