April 11, 2010

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) alumnus Raj Nair recently completed and published his textbook, Power Integrity Analysis and Management for Integrated Circuits. Nair, a graduate of LSU, holds a Master's of Electrical Engineering degree and is a veteran of the electronics industry and academia with more than 20 years of engineering and research experience. Raj founded ComLSI Inc. and Anasim Corp., where he worked on developing advanced, patented techniques and tools for ULSI power integrity analysis and management. He holds over 40 patents in VLSI Design and general electronics, and has engaged in power management and power integrity investigations at the electronic system, circuits, and device levels in his efforts. The most notable is his work at Intel Corporation, where he researched and conceived integrated CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) voltage regulation for power integrity management for nanoscale microprocessors.

Scaling of transistors and integrated circuits has brought about decades of wonders in electronics. As this progression in integration continues, with minimum dimensions smaller than 10,000th of the width of a human hair, or below 100 nanometers, electrical power consumed by integrated circuits and systems is seen to become a significant challenge and a critical design constraint. This book introduces the reader to the rise of this challenge to electronic integration. More importantly, it highlights a less known challenge, that of power integrity, which plays a central role in determining IC power and energy consumption.

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Article by Tammy V. Abshire, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5478, tvabshire@lsu.edu


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