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The IEEE VLSI Circuits and Systems Letter (VCaSL) aims to report recent advances in VLSI technology, education, and opportunities and, consequently, grow the research and education activities in the area.The letter, published quarterly (since 2018), highlights snippets from the vast field of VLSI including semiconductor design, digital circuits and systems, analog and radio-frequency circuits, as well as mixed-signal circuits and systems, logic, microarchitecture, architecture and applications of VLSI. TCVLSI aims to encourage efforts around advancing the field of VLSI be it in the device, logic, circuits or systems space, promoting secured computer-aided design, fabrication, application, and business aspects of VLSI while encompassing both hardware and software.
From the editor, Mondira (Mandy) Pant, Ph.D, “Excited to publish and share with the VLSI global community our TCVLSI Volume 7 Issue 2 newsletter, the second in my role as the IEEE-TCVLSI Chair. The May 2021 TCVLSI newsletter features an invited article “Semiconductor Microelectronic Research at NSF/CISE: Status and Challenges” by National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Sciences (CISE) Program Directors, Sankar Basu and Erik Brunvand, where they describe details of microelectronics research support by the department highlighting key challenges. Additionally, the newsletter introduces a section that highlights ongoing efforts to advance the field of “Exploratory Materials and Devices for Novel Energy Efficient Computation” with an article by Prof Naeemi Azad and Dr. Ian Young who are luminaries in the field. The newsletter spotlights one of TCVLSI’s sponsored conferences in 2021, the IEEE International Conference on VLSI Design also known as VLSID. One page teasers of three best papers awarded at the 2021 VLSID conference are showcased: “150nA IQ, Quad Input – Quad Output, Intelligent Integrated Power Management for IoT Applications”; “A Fast Compact Thermal Model for Smartphones” & “Efficient Hierarchical Post-Silicon Validation and Debug” In the second of our Women in VLSI (WiV) series, we share an inspiring interview with Prof. Tajana Rosing, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC-San Diego, CA, USA. We have introduced a section on relevant recent announcements collated by our Associate Editor, Ishan Thakkar. Additionally, we announce the winners of our 2020 TCVLSI awards.”
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