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Faculty

Dr. Andrew Kennings

Dr. Kennings serves as a consultant for the Digital Team. His research interests focus on the design automation of VLSI circuits. Prior to being an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, he has worked as an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University and as a Software Engineer at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.

Dr. William Bishop

Dr. Bishop currently serves as a Faculty Mentor for the UW ASIC Design Team.

Previous Faculty

Dr. Mohab Anis

Dr. Anis served as a consultant for the CMOS IC Team’s SRAM Project. His research interests focus on the areas of Digital VLSI Circuit Design, Digital VLSI Systems Design and Computer-Aided Methodologies for the design of Integrated Circuits. Several components of his research are fueled by the challenges of Deep-Submicron (DSM) integrated processes. He is currently no longer affiliated with the UW ASIC Team.


Alumni

Richard Baverstock

(Candidate for BASc, Computer Engineering with Option in Mathematics)Richard joined the ASIC team as a junior member in 2004. He has been involved with the Ogg Vorbis project and is currently leading ASIC Design Team including the Dirac video decoder team.As a returning executive for the Fall 2007 term, Richard is looking to increase the awareness of the ASIC group through project demonstrations, research papers, and design competitions.Richard\’s work term experience includes working for 3D Technologies as a software developer and consultant, and NVIDIA Corporation as a video software developer. His experience and motivation lies around video decoders, image post processing and pattern recognition.Richard was recognized in the Spring of 2006 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the Ogg Vorbis project.


Jason Lor

(Candidate for BASc, Electrical Engineering)Jason joined the ASIC team in Fall of 2008. His past work term experiences include working at Qualcomm.

Catalina Baetoniu

(BASc (2008), Computer Engineering)Catalina was recognized in the Winter of 2006 for her distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the Ogg Vorbis Decoder Team.


Andrew Canis

(BASc (2008), Computer Engineering)Andrew was recognized in the Winter of 2006 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the Ogg Vorbis Decoder Team. Andrew developed and taught the ASIC 121 lecture series titled Practical VHDL Digital Design with FPGAs starting Fall 2006.


Steven Cheng

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Steven was recognized in the Spring of 2005 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the VLSI Team.


Keith Concessao

(BASc (2008), Electrical Engineering)Keith was Team Lead for the CMOS RFIC Transmitter/Receiver Project starting Spring 2007.He was recognized in the Spring of 2006 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the SRAM project with the CMOS IC team. He has also been a member of ASIC since May 2004 where he worked on the interrupt controller on the OpenRISC 1000 project.


Konrad Duda

(BASc (2008), Computer Engineering)Konrad contributed to research and design efforts of the Ogg Vorbis Decoder Team during the Winter 2006 term.


Bahman Hadji

(BASc (2008), Computer Engineering)Bahman became involved with the UW ASIC Design Team in the Spring of 2005 as a junior member of the CMOS IC team. He was involved in laying out and simulating a Gilbert Cell Mixer as part of the 802.11g PLL project. Bahman developed and taught the ASIC 131 lecture series on Analog Circuit Design starting Fall 2006.


Jane Hsieh

(BASc (2007), Computer Engineering)Jane was recognized in the Spring of 2005 for her distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the VLSI Team.


Guhan Kashyap

(BASc, Computer Engineering)Guhan was recognized in the Spring of 2006 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the Ogg Vorbis project.


Melissa Miron

(BASc (2008), Electrical Engineering)Melissa joined the team in Winter 2006. She was involved with the Ogg Vorbis Decoder project as well as taking over as the team\’s administrative lead.


Namratha Rajagopal

(BASc (2008), Electrical Engineering)Namratha was recognized in the Spring of 2006 for her distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the SRAM project.


Nancy Xu

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Nancy joined the UW ASIC Design Team when it was founded in 2004 and since then worked on the simulation and layout of the ring oscillator for the VCO (OpenRISC project). At the beginning of 2005, she started the design of a 2nd order loop filter for the 802.11g PLL, using phase noise and control theory methodologies. She also pursued a research topic on MEMS at UW.


Gladys Chan

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Gladys was recognized in the Spring of 2005 for her distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the VLSI Team.


Junette Tan

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Junette\’s involvement with the UW ASIC Design Team began in September 2004 as a junior member. Since then, she contributed to the SRAM project, working on the design, implementation, and layout of the sense amp component. In addition, as the Project Development Lead, she focused efforts on attracting sponsorships from industry leaders and achieving higher visibility for the UW ASIC Design Team, both within the University of Waterloo and externally.


Christopher Sue

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Christopher was recognized in the Spring of 2005 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the CMOS IC Team.


David Lim

(BASc, Electrical Engineering)David was recognized in the Spring of 2005 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the VLSI Team.


Stephen Lam

(BASc (2006), Electrical Engineering)Stephen became formally involved with the UW ASIC Design Team in May 2005 to further the 802.11g PLL project.


Bryce Leung

(BASc (2006), Computer Engineering)Bryce became involved with the UW ASIC Design Team when it was formed in January 2004 to work on the Load-Store Unit of our first project, the OpenRISC processor. The following term he returned as a Digital Team Leader to continue the implementation of OpenRISC and to conduct tutorials.


Jonathan Ng

(MASc, BASc, Computer Engineering)As the group leader for the Frequency Divider component in the 802.11g PLL group in Spring 2005, Jonathan finds new challenges both on the technical side and management side of the operation. Jonathan taught tutorials about Verilog and Verilog-AMS which was a valuable experience both to the students and to himself.


Raluca Popa

(BASc (2006), Computer Engineering)Raluca first joined the UW ASIC Design Team in January 2004 to work on the Load-Store Unit of our first project, the OpenRISC processor. The following term she returned as a Digital Team Leader to continue our implementation of OpenRISC. She further worked on reducing the power consumption of the frequency divider in the PLL.


Paul Teehan

(BASc (2006), Computer Engineering)Paul was recognized in the Spring of 2005 for his distinguished contributions to research and design efforts of the CMOS IC Team.


Kenneth Wang

(BASc (2008), Computer Engineering)With a high motivation to learn and apply the theoretical knowledge gained from my studies, Kenneth joined the VLSI team in Spring 2005. His work for the ASIC group has mostly been in theĀ Digital Video Processor, where he developed the implementation of the edge detection and smoothing algorithm, and was involved with the system design, troubleshooting and testing of the final product. Kenneth led the development of the GZIP Decompression Core in Fall 2006.


Jeff Wentworth

(BASc (2006), Computer Engineering)Jeff was with the UW ASIC Design Team since January 2004. He ran the ASIC 120 Digital Systems Design lecture series in Winter 2006.January 2004: Joined the UW ASIC Design Team working on a 500 MHz phase-locked loop frequency synthesizer (clock generation) for an OpenCores.org OpenRISC microprocessor.Spring 2005 to graduation: Planning and teaching the lecture series entitled \”ASIC 120: Digital Systems and Standard-Cell ASIC Design\”. These lectures start by covering the basics of digital circuits, and progress quickly through more advanced digital design, FPGAs, practical implementation and debugging techniques. The aim to provide a comprehensive grounding in digital systems design that goes above and beyond, but is complementary to, the fundamentals students learn in courses at UW. Jeff is also involved with the research and design of the band-gap reference circuit for the 802.11g PLL project.


Rob Woolley

(BASc (2006), Computer Engineering)Rob first joined the UW ASIC Design Team in January 2004. He became a team lead for the EXE unit of the OpenCore.org OpenRISC processor. After a short break over the following work term, he came back to help the team from an administrative point of view, where his main tasks were to help organize the team and create a positive external image both to students on campus and to industry.


Shu Wu

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Shu joined the UW ASIC Design Team in May 2005 to pursue research on the Sigma Delta Modulator for possible use in a future 802.11g PLL.


Lan Yu

(BASc (2007), Electrical Engineering)Lan joined the UW ASIC Design Team in January 2004. She worked on the clock frequency divider subgroup in the Analog group; her roles included schematic entry, simulation, and layout. She worked extensively on the re-design of the new 802.11g PLL.


Nino Zahirovic

(BASc (2006), Computer Engineering)Nino was involved with the phase-noise optimization of a 2.4GHz 802.11g PLL project within the UW ASIC Design Team.
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