Welcome to the VLSI Research Group
The VLSI Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota focuses on developing core circuit technologies for enabling smart and energy-efficient integrated systems. Applications we target range from internet-of-things, neuromoprhic computing, microprocessors, portable computing, sensor networks, medical devices, radiation hardened integrated circuits, to beyond CMOS computing. Our group's research frequently appears in top publications such as ISSCC, IEDM, VLSI, CICC, IRPS, and JSSC.
Sep. 2015: Prof. Kim is promoted to full professor.
June 2015: Good luck to students going for summer internships: Jongyeon (HGST), Won Ho (IBM), Qianying (IBM), Saurabh (Intel), and Somnath (Rambus and Intel).
May 2015: Our group will present three papers at the 2015 VLSI Technology and Circuits Symposium on topics ranging from bang-bang digital PLL, AC electromigration, and spintronics based analog-to-digital conversion.
Dec. 2014: Our group published a paper in the Proceedings of the IEEE on the history, current status, and future challenges of spintronics technology. [LINK]
Sep. 2013: Prof. Kim's article about the future of VLSI technology featured in the Circuit Cellar magazine. [PAPER]
Jul. 2013: The 32nm adaptive PLL chip designed by Bongjin and Weichao has been selected as a winning entry for the 2013 ISLPED low power design contest. Congratulations!
Apr. 2013: Writeback-free Embedded DRAM designed by former students Wei Zhang and Ki Chul Chun appears in an online news article [ARTICLE]
Feb. 2013: Our group participates in the newly formed Center for Spintronics Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN), a $28 million grant from DARPA, U.S. semiconductor companies, and defense industry. [Press release]
Jan. 2013: Three papers from our group have been accepted for publication in the 2013 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS).
Sep. 2012: Our joint paper with Prof. J.P. Wang's group on Spin-Torque Transfer Magnetic RAMs (STT-MRAMs) was accepted for publication in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC). Thanks Ki Chul for leading this effort!
Sep. 2012: Wei Zhang presented his eDRAM paper at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) [PAPER][SLIDES]. Ayan Paul gave a presentation at SRC techcon on his multi-core power delivery work [PAPER][SLIDES].
Aug. 2012: Pulkit Jain's paper on SRAM reliability monitoring was accepted for publication in the 2012 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). Congratulations!
June 2012: Congratulations to Seung-hwan and Ki Chul for being selected as a winning entry for the ISLPED student design contest. The title of their design is "An Embedded Flash Memory in a Generic 65nm Logic Process for Zero-Standby-Power System-on-Chip Applications".
Apr. 2012: Prof. Kim gave an invited talk on flexible electronics design at the Design of Medical Devices Conference. [SLIDES]
Jan. 2012: Our eDRAM paper was published in JSSC. [PAPER]
Nov. 2011: Our statistical odometer paper was published in JSSC. [PAPER]
May. 2011: IEEE Spectrum Magazine publishes our silicon odometer work in the May 2011 hardcopy issue. [Article]
Mar. 2011: MIT Technology Review covers our printed flexible organic memory research. [URL]
Mar. 2011: Our group released the first ever Process Design Kit (PDK) for designing organic transistor circuits. The Organic PDK (OPDK) can be downloaded from opdk.umn.edu
Feb. 2011: EEtimes covers Wei Zhang's printed flexible organic DRAM presented at ISSCC. [URL]
Oct. 2010: Congratulations to Kichul, Dong, and Wei for getting their papers accepted to the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).
Aug. 2010: Congratulations to John and Wei for getting a paper accepted to the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). [PAPER]
Aug. 2010: An invited paper on our group's circuit reliability project has been published in the Microelectronics Reliability Journal. [PAPER]
June 2010: Kichul Chun presented his embedded DRAM paper at the VLSI Circuits Symposium held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
May 2010: Pulkit Jain wins the IBM Doctoral Scholarship.
Apr. 2010: ISLPED invites students to submit original designs showcasing latest innovations in low power technology [Call for Designs]. Paper deadline is June 4th.
Jan. 2010: Prof. Kim is serving with Prof. Naresh Shanbhag (U of Illinois) as a technical program committee chair for the 2010 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED, www.islped.org).
Jan. 2010: Prof. Kim and Dr. Leland Chang (IBM TJ Watson) are guest editing a special issue of the IEEE Design and Test Magazine on "Future Landscape of Embedded Memories". Click [here] for more details.
Sep. 2009: John Keane won the Best in Session Award at the SRC Techcon conference.
Aug. 2009: Effective Sep. 1st, Professor Kim is promoted to associate professor with tenure.
Jun. 2009: Our group's "silicon odometer" work featured in the IEEE Spectrum magazine [click here]
Jun. 2009: Congratulations to Kichul Chun and Pulkit Jain for winning the ISLPED low power design contest on their "Toro" embedded DRAM chip design.
Jun. 2009: John Keane and Kichul Chun presented their papers at the VLSI Circuits Symposium in Kyoto, Japan.
May 2009: Professor Kim received the IBM faculty partnership award.
Jan. 2009: Professor Kim received the NSF CAREER award ($400k) to pursue research on organic transistor electronics.
Jan. 2009: Congratulations to John Keane, Devin Persaud, and Shrinivas for winning the ISSCC/DAC student design contest for their work on oxide breakdown characterization.