Microelectronics for a New Decade: Global Competition and Near-Peer Challenges


GOMACTech 2020 Schedule at a Glance


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Trusted Supplier Industry Day at GOMACTech 2020
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Monday, 16 March 2020
8:00 am – 2:45 pm
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA
$175 – lunch included

GTRI Tutorial
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Monday, 16 March 2020
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA
$175 – lunch included

Joint Federated Assurance Center (JFAC) Workshop
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Monday, 16 March 2020
8:00 am– 12:00 pm
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA
$175 – lunch included


GaN Modeling Tutorial
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Monday, 16 March 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA
$175 – lunch included


Open Source in DARPA MTO Panel Discussion
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Monday, 16 March 2020
1:00 – 2:40 pm
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA
Free


Future of Microelectronic Design Panel Discussion
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Monday, 16 March 2020
3:00 – 4:40 pm
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA
Free


Keynote Address
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
9:00 – 9:45 am
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA




The New Direction for DoD Microelectronics
Ms. Nicole M. Petta
Assistant Director for Research and Engineering – Microelectronics
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Microelectronics are fundamental to every modernization priority of the US. Department of Defense (DoD), and, more broadly, every element of our critical infrastructure. Despite U.S. commercial leadership, DoD currently lacks access to the best microelectronics technology. This has been partly caused by an outdated DoD approach to securing microelectronics that has relied on physical security of facilities (guards, gates, and guns) that is incommensurate with the commercial enterprise that is driving advanced microelectronic technology.

This talk will describe the alternative microelectronics approach and security framework that DoD is pursuing that emphasizes flexible access to state-of-the-art technology from the commercial sector while providing high levels of security. This approach enables use of multiple commercial partners for securing custom microelectronics, particularly those microelectronic components that meet the low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) demands of critical and demanding DoD programs. The talk will describe how the new approach leverages the best commercial technology and partners while enhancing security for the entire microelectronics supply chain in a quantitatively measurable way.

Ms. Nicole Petta joined the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering as the Assistant Director (AD) for Microelectronics in December 2018. In this role, Ms. Petta acts as the Department of Defense (DoD) technical and oversight lead, advising the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and DoD leadership on all relevant research and engineering matters in the critical modernization priority area of microelectronics identified in the National Defense Strategy. She is responsible for a department-wide look at microelectronics modernization, which includes establishing policies on, and supervising all defense research and engineering, technology development, technology transition, prototyping, experimentation, and developmental testing activities and programs to include the allocation of resources, and alignment of efforts across the department. In this role, she coordinates with the Services and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment to include transition in acquisition strategies and plans; and seeks to ensure a supporting industrial base capability to achieve microelectronics modernization. She will develop an overarching modernization plan rapidly advancing DoD microelectronic capabilities.

Ms. Petta has over 15 years’ experience in materials research, development, and fabrication and has co-authored over 20 publications. Prior to her position with the DoD, Ms. Petta was the Special Assistant to the Director for the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). She developed a long-term strategy for microfabrication research, development and production for the Department of Energy’s Inertial and High Energy Density Programs at LLE. Prior to LLE, Ms. Petta was the Division General Manager of Schafer Livermore Laboratory in Livermore, California. She headed up the laboratory, led manufacturing, developed and oversaw the research and development programs, and was responsible for business operations. The laboratory was focused on the manufacturing, research and development of nano and micro-engineered materials, metals, aerogels, foams, films and coatings and the rapid prototyping, precision manufacturing and characterization of assemblies made from these materials.

Ms. Petta has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Sonoma State University and received a certificate in the Executive Program for Women Leaders from Stanford University. Ms. Petta served four years in the U.S. Air Force.


Jack S. Kilby Lecture Series
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
10:15 – 11:45AM
Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA



Part 1: Microelectronics for a New Decade: Global Competition and Near-Peer Challenges -- Semiconductor Foundry Perspective
Dr. David Howard
Executive Director and Fellow, TowerJazz

Changes in commercial semiconductor manufacturing world-wide are dynamic and have continued in recent years. In this talk we will briefly discuss three topics of importance to U.S. Government, from a semiconductor wafer foundry perspective. (1) Trends & Statistics – and will assume “U.S. vs. others” point of view to look at chip manufacture, advanced electronics design capabilities, government-funded investment; and from a business perspective at IDM (independent device manufacturers) vs. the foundry business model, and business investments in U.S. vs. overseas. (2) The Foundry Model – where semiconductor wafer manufacturing is separated from product design in the chip supply chain and looks something like: design --> foundry --> packaging --> system assembly --> product. And finally (3) TowerJazz Foundry Approach – including comments on manufacturing scale, viability, collaboration and technology access. What is TowerJazz doing, and what help may make a difference?

Dr. Howard was named TowerJazz Fellow in March 2013 due to his significant contributions to the Company. He was appointed Executive Director in 2004, serving both commercial and aerospace & defense business units. He is focused on enablement of new technologies, new business and partnership development, and the TowerJazz technical roadmap for an expanding worldwide manufacturing capability. He was a founding member of Jazz Semiconductor in 2002 and served in various roles in R&D and production, including Director of Process Engineering. Dr. Howard has been involved in ITRS and SEMI roadmaps, has served as a principal investigator on DARPA programs, and liaises with all TowerJazz manufacturing facilities. Prior to Jazz, Dr. Howard held several positions at Conexant Systems, Rockwell Semiconductor, and SEMATECH, helping to drive manufacturing technology in CMOS, SiGe BiCMOS, MEMS, and specialty semiconductor wafer processes. Prior to Rockwell, he worked at IMEC where he contributed to novel research for SiGe BiPolar and CMOS devices. Dr. Howard attended Brown University where he received his Sc.B. in Mechanical Engineering and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. in Materials Science with a focus on Si and SiGe electronic materials. He holds over 30 patents.



Part 2: Microelectronics for a New Decade: Global Competition and Near-Peer Challenges -- University Perspective
Professor Gabriel Rebeiz
Professor at University of California San Diego

5G and LEO/MEO SATCOM are poised to transform the way we communicate in the new decade, with ultra-fast ubiquitous communications available worldwide over land, ocean, and in the air. There are several technologies which allowed this to happen that include affordable analog and digital-beamforming silicon-based phased-arrays with 64 to 512 to 4096 elements, highly integrated silicon transceivers, and ultra-fast modems based on deeply-scaled CMOS. These 5G technologies cover frequencies from 3.5 GHz to 72 GHz, are available worldwide from several companies, and contain impressive advancements in RFIC design, low-cost packaging and antenna design, and ultra-fast software control layers. The talk will summarize these advancements and discuss their implications on advanced communications and sensor systems for defense applications.

 

Gabriel Rebeiz is a Distinguished Professor and the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at UCSD. He is a member of the National Academy and is considered one of the fathers of tunable radios and RF MEMS, affordable silicon-based phased arrays for SATCOM and 5G, and mm-wave and THz antennas. He has also led the development of high-resolution phased-array imaging radars for automotive applications. Prof. Rebeiz has graduated nearly 100 PhD students and post-docs, has published more than 725 IEEE publications, and is the recipient of the MTT prize (twice) for best publication in the microwave field.

Part 3: Microelectronics for a New Decade: Global Competition and Near-Peer Challenges -- Systems Perspective

Dr. John Smee
Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Dr. John E. Smee is vice president of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm's wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S.

Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, standardization, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm's companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, automotive, security, and machine learning. Smee was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

 

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Monday, 16 March: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 17 March: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, 18 March: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, 19 March: 7:45 am – 3:00 pm

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