The second Seasonal School in “Circuits and Systems for the Industrial Internet-of-Things” (CAS4IIoT) presents a joint academia-industry program in the field of IoT. It aims at preparing a group of 70+ post-graduated Students and design Engineers with the capacity to understand and design a broader range of circuits and systems, in the field of IoT, spanning from data converters for sensor interfaces to artificial inteligence, ensuring a good balance between academia and industry, combined with a judicious selection of worldwide distinguished Lecturers.

The Department of Electrical Engineering (DEE) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA) together with the Centre of Technology and Systems (CTS) at UNINOVA Institute have organized this IEEE CASS and SSCS sponsored Seasonal School. Having more than 100 PhD students working in the fields of IoT and cyber-physical systems, DEE and CTS are currently providing most of the human and material resources needed to successfully run this Seasonal School.

Module 1: Silicon is the New Steel: The End of Moore’s Law and the Beginning of the Terascale Age

Thomas Lee
Prof. Thomas Lee
Stanford University, USA




Abstract: Integrated circuits are now commoditized almost before they’re taped out. Lithographic scaling has effectively ended, leading pessimists to ponder a dark future. But just as the value of a bridge or skyscraper is not simply the the cost of the steel used in its construction, moving up the hierarchy from atoms to systems will allow silicon to continue scaling in value. If the mark of a truly successful technology is invisibility, silicon has yet to complete that transition. This talk will argue that the Internet of Everything will drive silicon to invisibility as it drives the construction of civilization’s first terascale network. Silicon is the new steel.

Bio: Thomas Lee received his degrees from MIT, where his 1989 thesis described the world’s first CMOS radio. He has been at Stanford University since 1994, having previously worked at ADI, Rambus and other companies. He’s helped design PLLs for AMD’s K6-K7-K8 and DEC’s StrongARM CPUs, and has founded or cofounded several companies, including the first 3D memory company, Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by Sandisk), and IoE companies ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip) and Ayla Networks. He is an IEEE and Packard Foundation Fellow, has won “Best Paper” awards at CICC and ISSCC, was awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the board of Xilinx, served as Director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, holds ~60 patents, and has written several textbooks. He owns 100-200 oscilloscopes, thousands of vacuum tubes, and kilograms of obsolete semiconductors. No one, including himself, quite knows why.