EECS Graduate Student Receives Prominent Scholarship Award for Conference Paper

Deyi Pi to be recognized at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference 2007

Electrical engineering and computer science Ph.D. student, Deyi Pi, will present a paper and be given an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)/CICC student scholarship award to attend and participate in the upcoming Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) 2007 September 16-19 in San Jose, Calif.

The paper, "A Synthesis-based Bandwidth Enhancing Technique for CML Buffers/Amplifiers," co-authored with Byung-Kwan Chun, an electrical engineering and computer science graduate student, and Pi’s faculty advisor, Payam Heydari, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was one of the highest rated student papers among 450 submissions to the conference, which qualified Pi to receive the student scholarship award.  New in 2007, the award demonstrates AMD's and CICC's support for the engineers of tomorrow.

Pi’s current research focuses on enhancing the bandwidth of high-speed circuits without using excessive power. In his paper, the bandwidth enhancement is pushed very close to its theoretical limit, enabling the circuit to transmit and receive a serial data stream at a high rate, multi-ten gigabits per second (10~40Gb/s), improving the speed of data communication.  This speed improvement could eventually lead to faster computers and data communications.

Pi received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, China, and is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in the Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits (NCIC) Lab at UC Irvine. His research interest is high performance analog/radio frequency integrated circuits design. Pi has also been an engineering intern at Broadcom Corporation for the last two summers.