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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.


Recent News

Aug. 2015:  We have created a website for downloading the MTJ SPICE models developed through our C-SPIN project. mtj.umn.edu

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!

Jun. 2013:  Qianying and Bongjin present their papers at the VLSI Technology and Circuits Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. [RTN SLIDES][PLL SLIDES]

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:  Former student Pulkit Jain presented his SRAM BTI monitoring work at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). [PAPER][SLIDES]

Oct. 2012:  Our adaptive PLL and 2T1C eDRAM papers were published in JSSC. [PLL PAPER] [EDRAM PAPER]

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".

June 2012:  Seung-hwan Song presented his embedded flash work at the VLSI Circuits Symposium [PAPER] [SLIDES].

Apr. 2012:  Prof. Kim gave an invited talk on flexible electronics design at the Design of Medical Devices Conference. [SLIDES]

Apr. 2012:  Xiaofei Wang presented his Interconnect Odoemter work at IRPS [PAPER] [SLIDES]. Former student John Keane also gave an invited presentation. [SLIDES]

Jan. 2012:  Our eDRAM paper was published in JSSC. [PAPER]

Nov. 2011:  Our statistical odometer paper was published in JSSC. [PAPER]

Jun. 2011:  Pulkit Jain presented his work on 3D IC power delivery at the 2011 VLSI Circuits Symposium held in Kyoto, Japan. [PAPER][SLIDES]

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]






Professor Chris Kim

Keller Hall 4-161

Phone: 612-625-2346

Fax: 612-625-4583

Email: chriskim-at-umn-d0t-edu

Website: chriskim.umn.edu


Mailing Address

Room 4-178, 

200 Union Street SE,

Minneapolis, MN 55455


Student offices

Keller 4-147C, 5-172 

Phone: 612-626-0834