January 26–28, 2021

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT DESIGNCON 2020

The Future of Fiber Optic Communications: Data Center & Mobile

Speaker: Chris Cole, Vice President, Systems Engineering, Luminous Computing
When: Tuesday, January 28 | 12–12:45 p.m.
Where: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater

Fiber optics are ubiquitous in cloud computing, data storage, and mobile applications, driven by demand for high-bandwidth communications. In fact, the global fiber optics market is predicted to grow to $9 billion by the end of 2025.

In this keynote, Chris Cole will discuss the trends in fiber optics for data center and mobile, including new technologies like silicon photonics (SiPh) and co-packaging. He’ll also cover major technical advances in lasers, ICs, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), FEC, and DSP, looking in detail at two major trends: fiber optics replacing copper and coherent replacing direct detection.

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Design for Security: The Next Frontier of Smart Silicon

Speaker: Warren Savage, Visiting Researcher, Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security at University of Maryland
When: Wednesday, January 29, 10–10:45 a.m.
Where: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater

Since the dawn of the semiconductor industry, we’ve seen dramatic changes in how we design the chips themselves, requiring new disciplines to keep pace as devices become more sophisticated. We’ve adapted our lexicon along with our skills to include a variety of “design for X” methodologies, including design-for-test, design-for-manufacturing, and others.

With “smart silicon” surrounding our personal lives, designers now face an additional challenge: designing to protect not only intellectual property, but also users’ personal information. Warren Savage will present an overview of the threats to our silicon today and research to develop new “design for security” technology and methods to better protect us.

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Microchips in Space: How Device Design Enables Amazing Astronomy

Speaker: Zaheer Ali, Senior Manager for the USRA Science and Mission Operations at NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
When: Thursday, January 30, 10–10:45 a.m.
Where: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater

On NASA's SOFIA, we end our flight meetings each day with "Let's go get the data!" The scientists and engineers know that our systems rely upon an intricate network of microprocessors. Whether it’s computation, imaging, spectroscopy, or controls, micro-devices are critical to every tool that astronomers use.

In this keynote, Zaheer Ali will look at how microchips have brought astronomy tools from those designed for the eye to elegantly designed micro-systems with 3D architectures that have taken some of the most famous images of our universe. We will cover the earliest single-pixel detectors that first measured the intensity of stars, to the microchips that have imaged the pillars of the universe, to the newest devices that are launching soon.

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