Electrical and Computer Engineering

WIMS Seminar


Dennis Buss, Ph.D.Chief ScientistTexas Instruments

Dennis Buss, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Texas Instruments, Inc.
Ubiquitous Computing requires a technology roadmap that focuses on low power and low cost through SOC integration. This technology roadmap is very different from the roadmap that supports the PC industry, but the rapid growth in cell phones and wireless terminals of the future will place increasing emphasis on the low-cost, low-power roadmap. This talk will cover:
1) A 45-year view of Moore’s Law scaling to 2015
2) Process and design technologies that will reduce power by many orders of magnitude
3) SOC integration of radios, analog, power management, filters, T/R switches and potentially other functionality

Dennis Buss began his industrial career at Texas Instruments in July 1969. During the next 18 years, Dennis was TI Fellow and later Vice President and Director of TI's Semiconductor Process and Design Center. Between 1987 and 1997, Dennis was Vice President of Technology at Analog Devices. He returned to Texas Instruments in December 1997, where he was Vice President of Silicon Technology Development. He was also chairman of TI’s Tech Ladder Policy Board and chairman of TI’s Fellow Selection Committee. In November 2007, Dennis became TI’s Chief Scientist, with responsibility for transitioning university innovations into TI products. He is based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachussetts. Dennis received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1963, 1965, and 1968. He served twice on the Electrical Engineering faculty at MIT in 1968-1969 and 1974-1975. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of the 1985 Herschel Award and the 1987 Jack A. Morton Award for his pioneering work on HgCdTe Infra-Red monolithic focal plane technology. In February 2000, Dennis was selected by the Electron Devices Society to receive the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

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