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Since the year 2000, the European Solid-State Device Research Conference (ESSDERC) and the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) have joined their organization committees in order to bring together one of the most exciting events of the year for microelectronics experts in Europe. Industry and academia alike come together every year for this event in order to discuss the advances in solid-state devices and circuits. This year some of the main areas which were covered included sensors and circuits for Internet of Things, low power devices, circuits and systems, neuromorphic and quantum computing.
This year the event returned to Switzerland, after a 10 year absence. The conference took place in the beautiful city of Lausanne, at the SwissTech Convention Center, on the EPFL campus. EPFL has a long tradition in research and is one of the most multicultural Institutes in Europe, hosting students, professors and staff alike from more the 120 countries. You could tell that it is an exciting place to be, just by a quick walk around the campus. It goes without saying that the Cadence Academic Network was present and in addition is proud to have sponsored the event.
The event was spread out over four fully active days. On the first day, tutorials and workshops were held and the attendees were given a chance to learn more about a vast range of topics, from ultra-low power IoT devices to 2D materials for optoelectronics. The next three days a total of 165 papers were presented, 71 for ESSDERC and 94 from ESSCIRC. Every day there was a joint plenary keynote session as well as a keynote from each ESSCIRC and ESSDERC respectively. One of the hot topics was of course IoT and the 5G world and on Wednesday during the ESSCIRC keynote session Prof. Gerhard Fettweis from TU Dresden addressed exactly this topic. Prof. Fettweis spoke about 5G and the Future of IoT and gave us a hardware point of view. He mainly stressed upon the importance of building devices which can support a latency from 1-10 ms as well as exploring ways in which we can in the future support a much larger data rate of up to 100Gbit/s per user.
The Cadence Academic Network had a strong presence at the conference, with a booth providing information on job opportunities currently available within the company, as well as the latest news and involvements of the Academic Network. Of course most of the attendees, whether from academia or industry, are using Cadence software every day in their work and research and so came to us to learn more about the online courses we provide, the contests we are hosting and in general learn what’s new.
More information on the Cadence Academic Network is here.