• Chris Kim VLSI Research Group

The Very Large Integrated Systems (VLSI) Research Group at the University of Minnesota ising focuses on developing core circuit technologies for enabling smart and energy-efficient integrated systems. Applications we target range from machine learning and neuromorphic computing, hardware security, internet-of-things, medical devices, sensor networks, radiation hardened chips, to beyond CMOS computing. Our group’s research frequently appears in top VLSI technology and circuit design publications such as ISSCC, IEDM, VLSI, CICC, IRPS, NSREC, and various IEEE journals.

Recent News

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:  Dong Jiao, Wei Zhang, and Ki Chul Chun presented their papers at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, CA. [PLL SLIDES][ODRAM SLIDES][EDRAM SLIDES]

Feb. 2011:  EEtimes covers Wei Zhang's printed flexible organic DRAM presented at ISSCC. [URL]

Dec. 2010:  Johh Keane presented his statistical aging monitor work at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) held in San Francisco, CA. [PAPER] [SLIDES]

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.