Low Power Design Guru

Every time I pick up a textbook, read a paper, look at an online tutorial or a leading edge research project like the Pico Radio I come across the name Jan M. Rabaey. I decided to do a bit more research about this person who turns out to be incredibly interesting. Jan M. Rabaey is the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences University of California at Berkeley. He has written 28 different chapters in a wide range of text books and is an author of more than 10 text books including titles like “Low Power Design Methodologies”, “Power Aware Design Methodologies”, “Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective” and more recently “Ultra-Low Power Wireless Technologies for Sensor Networks”. I cannot even count the numbers of papers, journals, conference proceedings and presentations that Professor Rabaey has published. He has won numerous awards including the 1985 IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design Best Paper Award (Circuits and Systems Society), the 1989 Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1994 Signal Processing Society Senior Award, and the 2002 ISSCC Jack Raper Award.  In 1995, he became an IEEE Fellow. He is past chair of the VLSI Signal Processing Technical Committee of the Signal Processing Society and chaired the executive committee of the Design Automation Conference. He has completed and is currently involved in some very interesting research projects including the conception and implementation of next-generation integrated wireless systems. Professor Rabaey is serving on the Technical Advisory Board of a wide range of companies and is the scientific co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), as well as the director of the Gigascale Systems Research Center (GSRC). His home page is packed with great tutorials and presentations with titles like “Design for Ultra-Low Power (Voltage)” or “Curing the Ailments of Nanometer CMOS through Self-Healing and Resiliency”. Also, what I found most interesting, however a bit outside the spectrum of this blog, is that Jan M. Rabaey is the Wine Maker at the Incantato vineyard in the Napa Valley which features one of my favorite grapes (Brunello) Sangiovese. I strongly recommend that you visit his home page for more information about Professor Rabaey and to look at some of the interesting tutorials and presentations that are posted there.

Jan M. Rabaey

Jan M. Rabaey Home Page

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