Session 12: FE Tools & Methods
Process Design Kit for Flexible Hybrid Electronics
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
5:20 PM - 5:40 PM
Flexible Electronics (FE) is emerging for wearables and low-cost internet of things (IoT) nodes benefiting from the low-cost fabrication and mechanical flexibility. Combing FE with thinned silicon chips for flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) can take advantages of both low-cost printed electronics and high performance silicon chips. To design a FHE system, the process design kit (PDK) for FHE is desirable to provide the capabilities for circuit design, simulation and verification for both FE and silicon chips. The key packages of FHE-PDK include technology files for design rule checking (DRC), layout versus schematics (LVS) and layout parasitics extraction (LPE), as well as SPICE models for flexible thin-film transistors (TFT) and passive elements. The circuit and system designers can therefore focus on the design innovations with FHE-PDK, by which means the manufacturable design can be guaranteed for additive manufacturing methods.
Dr. Tsung-Ching Jim Huang is a research scientist with Hewlett-Packard Labs (HPE Labs). He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. He is now leading wearable and IoT research projects in HPE Labs. Prior to joining HPE Labs in 2014, he was with Taiwan semiconductor manufacturing company (TSMC) PDK and IP team for 16nm, 10nm, and 7nm CMOS roadmap and PDK development. Dr. Huang is a pioneer in flexible circuit design and electronic design automation for flexible electronics. He invented a design style named “Pseudo-CMOS” that received Best Paper Award in International Symposium for Flexible Display and Electronics (ISFED) 2007 and Best Paper Award in IEEE Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) 2011. Pseudo-CMOS is widely used by research groups worldwide and has been used to design printed microprocessor, RFID, and NFC tags. He also developed the first simulation framework to perform reliability simulation for flexible display drivers under prolonged temperature and voltage stress that has been used by a major display manufacturer. He authored a book “Design, Automation, and Test for Low-Power and Reliable Flexible Electronics” – the first book dedicated for circuit design and design automation with flexible electronics (ISBN:1601988400 ). Dr. Huang is a senior member of IEEE and a reviewer for IEEE/Nature journals.
Tsung-Ching Jim Huang
Sr. Research Scientist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise