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International Solid-State Circuits Conference is a global forum for presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and Systems-on-a-Chip. The Conference offers a unique opportunity for engineers working at the cutting edge of IC design to maintain technical currency, and to network with leading experts. It is held every year in February at the San Francisco Marriott hotel in downtown San Francisco. ISSCC is sponsored by IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society.
According to The Register, "The ISSCC event is the second event of each new year, following the Consumer Electronics Show, where new PC processors and sundry other computing gadgets are brought to market."
History of ISSCC
Early participants in the inaugural conference in 1954 belonged to the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) Circuit Theory Group and the IRE subcommittee of Transistor Circuits. The conference was held in Philadelphia and local chapters of IRE and American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) were in attendance. Later on AIEE and IRE would merge to become the present-day IEEE.
The first conference consisted of papers from six organizations: Bell Telephone Laboratories, General Electric, RCA, Philco, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania. The registration was $4 (early registration was $3) and 601 people registered. International attendees arrived from Canada, England and Japan. With subsequent conferences came many more international participants with the first international presentation in 1958. By 1965, the number of overseas program committee members increased to 8 and in 1970 the overseas members began meeting separately in both Europe and Japan. Selected members of these regional program committees would attend the final program meeting in America.
The name of the 1954 Conference appears in various publications and documents as: "The Transistor Conference", "The Conference on Transistor Circuits", "The Philadelphia Conference", or "The National Conference on Transistor Circuits". The current name "International Solid-State Circuits Conference" was settled by the organizers in 1960.
While ISSCC was founded in Philadelphia, in the mid-1960s the center of semiconductor development in the United States was shifting west. In 1978, the conference was held on alternate coasts with New York soon substituting for Philadelphia. In 1990, San Francisco became the Conference's permanent home.
In 2013 ISSCC is celebrating its 60th anniversary and will have several special programs to celebrate 60 years of circuit and SoC innovation.
During its evolution, ISSCC has strengthened its educational by adding the Short course in 1993 and Tutorials in 1995. The Short Course is directed towards engineers facing significant new knowledge demands. The purpose of tutorials is to provide engineers new to the topic to quickly ramp up and gain "instantbackground". Forums give a deep-dive look into topics/applications of interest to the general audience. By 2011, ISSCC had evolved to a five-day format with up to five simultaneous events.
Technical Program Committee
The Technical Program Committee (TPC) in early years was extremely fluid in order to deal with the constantly changing topics in the industry. By 1968 the list of subcommittees had settled to Digital, Analog (Linear), Microwave and Other, where the subcommittee members in Other would address the one-of-a-kind papers. In the 80's, the Microwave Subcommittee was dropped from the program as the overlap between the topics and attendees was diminishing. In addition, Digital split into Digital, Memory and Signal Processing subcommittees. In 1992, Emerging Technologies was launched and chartered to seek out the one-of-a-kind applications which may find a home in ISSCC. Today there are 10 subcommittees: Analog, Data Converters, Energy Efficient Digital (EED), High-Performance Digital (HPD), Imagers, MEMs, Medical and Displays (IMMD), Memory, RF, Technology Directions (formerly Emerging Technologies), Wireless and Wireline.
|Year||Technical Program Chair||Affiliation||Year||Technical Program Chair||Affiliation||Year||Technical Program Chair||Affiliation|
|1954||J. Linvill||Bell Labs||1955||H. Tompkins||Burroughs Corp||1956||H. Woll||RCA Labs|
|1957||G. Royer||IBM||1958||R. Baker||MIT Lincoln Labs||1959||A. Stern||General Electric|
|1960||T. Finch||Bell Labs||1961||J. Suran||General Electric||1962||R. Adler||MIT|
|1963||S. Ghandhi||Philco Scientific Lab||1964||P. Myers||Marietta Corp||1965||G. Herzog||RCA Labs|
|1966||G. Herzog||RCA Labs||1967||R. Baker||MIT||1968||R. Petritz||Texas Instruments|
|1969||R. Engelbrecht||Bell Labs||1970||T. Bray||General Electric||1971||R. Webster||Texas Instruments|
|1972||S. Triebwasser||IBM Research||1973||V. Johannes||Bell Labs||1974||H. Sobol||Collins Radio|
|1975||W. Pricer||IBM||1976||J. Wuorinen||Bell Labs||1977||D. Hodges||Univ. of California|
|1978||J. Heightley||Sandia Labs||1979||W. Kosonocky||RCA Labs||1980||J. Plummer||Stanford Univ.|
|1981||B. Wooley||Bell Labs||1982||P. Gray||Univ. of California||1983||L. Terman||IBM Research|
|1984||P. Verhofstadt||Fairchild uProc. Div.||1985||H. Boll||Bell Labs||1986||A. Grebene||Micro Linear Corp|
|1987||R. Baertsch||General Electric||1988||W. Herndon||Fairchild Research Ctr.||1989||H. Mussman||AT&T Bell Labs|
|1990||C. Gwyn||Sandia Labs||1991||J. Trnka||IBM||1992||A. Shah||Texas Instruments|
|1993||R. Jaeger||Auburn Univ.||1994||D. Monticelli||National Semiconductor||1995||T. Tredwell||Eastman Kodak|
|1996||F. Hewlett||Sandia Labs||1997||R. Hester||Texas Instruments||1998||J. Cressler||Auburn Univ.|
|1999||S. Taylor||Triquent Semiconductor||2000||R. Crisp||Rambus, Inc.||2001||G. Gulak||Univ. of Toronto|
|2002||W. Sansen||KU Leuven||2003||A. Chandrakasan||MIT||2004||A. Kanuma||Toshiba|
|2005||I. Young||Intel||2006||J. Sevenhans||Consultant||2007||J. Van der Spiegel||Univ of Pennsylvania|
|2008||Y. Hagihara||Sony||2009||W. Bowhill||Intel||2010||A. Theuwissen||Harvest Imaging/ Delft Univ|
|2011||W. Gass||Texas Instruments||2012||H. Hidaka||Renesas Electronics||2013||B. Nauta||Univ of Twente|
European Committee Chairs
|Year||European Chair||Affiliation||Year||European Chair||Affiliation||Year||European Chair||Affiliation|
|1971-1974||J. C. van Vessem||Philips||1975-1976||O. Folberth||IBM||1977-1979||N. C de Troye||Philips Research|
|1980-1983||H. H. Berger||IBM||1984-1985||J. Borel||Thomson EFCIS||1986-1988||J. Lohstroh||Philips Research|
|1989-1994||K. Hoffman||Univ. der Bundeswehr||1995-2002||R. van de Plassche||Philips Research||2003-2004||J. Sevenhans||Alcatel|
|2005-2006||A. Theuwissen||DALSA BV||2007-2008||R. Koch||Infineon Technologies||2009-2010||Q. Huang||ETH Zurich|
|2011||B. Nauta||Univ. Twente||2012-2013||A. Pärssinen||Renesas Mobile|
Far East Committee Chairs
|Year||Far East Chair||Affiliation||Year||Far East Chair||Affiliation||Year||Far East Chair||Affiliation|
|1971-1972||T Sugano||Univ. of Tokyo||1973-1974||S Hamada||NTT||1975-1976||Y. Tarui||Electrotechnical Lab|
|1977-1978||M. Uenohara||Nippon Elect Co||1979-80||M. Watanabe||NTT||1981-1982||K. Kurokawa||Fujitsu|
|1983-1984||M. Nagata||Hitachi CRL||1985-1986||Y. Takeishi||Toshiba||1987-1988||H. Sasaki||NEC|
|1989-1990||T. Sudo||NTT||1991-1992||T. Nakano||Mitsubishi||1993-1994||H. Ishikawa||Fujitsu|
|1995-1996||G. Kano||Matsushita||1997-1998||M. Kubo||Hitachi||1999-2000||Y. Unno||Toshiba|
|2001-2002||H. Watanabe||NEC||2003-2004||Y. Hagiwara||Sony||2005-2006||K. Iizuka||Sharp|
|2007-2008||J. Chung||Pohang Univ of Science & Tech||2009-2010||T. Kawahara||Hitachi||2011-2012||H-J Yoo||Kaist|
|2013||M. Ikeda||Univ of Tokyo|
ISSCC is a strictly non-profit organization whose vision and finances is run by the Executive Committee. From formative years through 1980 the Conference chair was usually filled by the previous year's Program Chair. To provide needed continuity, the term of Conference Chair was extended to at least 5 years
|Year||Conference Chair||Affiliation||Year||Conference Chair||Affiliation||Year||Conference Chair||Affiliation|
|1954||I. Wolf||RCA||1955||D. Fink||Philco||1956||G. Haller||General Electric|
|1957||A. Samuel||IBM||1958||J. Mulligan, Jr||New York University||1959||J. Morton||Bell Labs|
|1960||A. Stern||General Electric||1961||T. Finch||Bell Labs||1962||J. Suran||General Electric|
|1963||F. Blecher||Bell Labs||1964||E. Johnson||RCA||1965||J. Angell||Stanford Univ.|
|1966, 1969||J. Meindl||US Army Electronics Cmd., Stanford Univ.||1967-1968||J. Mayo||Bell Labs||1970||R. Engelbrecht||Bell Labs|
|1971, 1980-1987||J. Raper||General Electric||1972||R. Webster||Texas Instruments||1973||S. Triebwasser||IBM Research|
|1974||V. Johannes||Bell Labs||1975||H. Sobol||Collins Radio||1976, 1988-1996||W. Pricer||IBM|
|1977||J. Wuorinen||Bell Labs||1978||D. Hodges||Univ. of California||1979||J. Heightley||Sandia Labs|
|1997-2001||J. Trnka||IBM||2002-2007||T. Tredwell||Eastman Kodak, Carestream Health||2010-2018||A. Chandrakasan||MIT|
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- W. David Pricer, "ISSCC: Sixty Years of Innovative Evolution", 2013 Commemorative Supplement to the Digest of Technical Papers, ISSCC 2013 (to be published)