UCI?s Heydari Receives NSF Grant for Circuits Research

By Anna Lynn Spitzer

08.30.05 – Payam Heydari, UCI assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and a Calit2 academic affiliate, has received a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant. The grant will support Heydari’s research on a new study that examines the analysis and design of ultra-high-speed on-chip interconnects that transport high-frequency signals across the chip.

Payam Heydari
Payam Heydari

According to Heydari, the research will have a tremendous impact on next-generation interconnect-dominated system-on-chips (SOCs) fabricated in nanometer technologies. Manufacturing processes can create statistical variations in these SOCs and his study weighs those variations, each of which can have a significant effect on performance and reliability.

Heydari’s research is two-pronged: he is developing new analytical theory and also implementing test chips. The test chips will be used to analyze high-speed on-chip interconnects in which geometrical parameters are subject to statistical variations.

 “The underlying idea is to analyze the effect of process variations on high-speed interconnects both theoretically and experimentally,” says Heydari.

Heydari is also the recipient of the 2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award, and the 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.

In addition, he was recognized by the EECS Department at UCI as outstanding faculty member in 2004. His name is included in the 2006 edition of Who's Who in America. Heydari is a member of the IEEE and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.