CSEM and the Go4Time consortium distinguished for their advances in high-precision, low-power wafer-level packaged xtal resonator-based real-time clocks

From 17 to 21 February in San Francisco, CA, the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the premier forum for the presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and systems-on-a-chip, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with the theme "60 Years of (Em)Powering the Future". Each year, ISSCC selects highlight papers that are distinguished examples of advances in integrated circuits for wireless communications, automotive, industrial applications, etc. The CSEM and Go4Time consortium paper entitled "A Versatile Timing Microsystem Based on Wafer-Level Packaged XTAL/BAW Resonators with Sub-μW RTC Mode and Programmable HF Clocks" has been recognized for the extremely high-quality of its scientific and technological contribution.

This will be a good opportunity for CSEM to present to the circuit-design community its advanced work on the applied research and development of complete low-power and miniaturized embedded systems mostly based on CMOS integrated circuits and systems or systems-on-chips (SoCs). As outlined in the 2013 highlighted paper, researchers at CSEM have recently designed a miniaturized solution for generic timing microsystems that have exciting features.

Applications that stand to benefit from this breakthrough include wireless sensors for environmental control, security, medical monitoring, and biomedical assays, and this paves the way for true ultra-low-power single-chip sensor nodes with no external components.

Further details of the highlighted CSEM paper will be disclosed after the conference. The lecture including a demonstration of the results is scheduled for Tuesday February 19, at 9:00 a.m., during Session11 - "Emerging Memory and Wireless Technology".

More information on the ISSCC conference can be found at www.isscc.org and www.go4time.eu.

Cross-section of a 32kHz tuning fork XTAL packaged inside a silicon housing

Cross-section of a 32kHz tuning fork XTAL packaged inside a silicon housing