CONGRATULATIONS to all 2014 CAS (M) Award recipients.
IEEE Circuits & Systems (Malaysia) Innovation Awards
Figure 1: IEEE CAS(M) Innovative Award recipient, Mr. Ng Beng Chet from Universiti Sains Malaysia with Final Year Project entitled ‘Archerfish-Inspired Vision and Shooting System’ supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr Umi Kalthum Ngah.
Figure 2: IEEE CAS(M) Innovative Award recipient, Ms. Lim Yen Nee (absent) from Universiti Malaysia Perlis with Final Year Project entitled ‘FPGA Based Fisheries Monitoring System For Tilapia’ supervised by Dr. Ili Salwani Mohamad and Mr. Mohd Natashah Norizan.
Figure 3: IEEE CAS(M) Innovative Award recipient, Mr. Kang Chun Hong (absent) from Universiti Teknologi Petronas with Final Year Project entitled ‘Train Track Misalignment Detection System’ supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin.
Figure 4: IEEE CAS(M) Innovative Award recipient, Mr. Radin Yusof Radin Sadi from Universiti Putra Malaysia with Final Year Project entitled ‘Smart Home Energy Monitoring System’ supervised by Dr. Haslina Jaafar.
IEEE Circuits & Systems (Malaysia) Outstanding Master Dissertation Awards
Figure 5: IEEE CAS(M) Master Dissertation Award recipient, Mr. Chong Wei Keat from Universiti Malaya with dissertation entitled ‘Design and Implementation of Low-Voltage and Low-Power Subharmonic Mixer’ supervised by Dr. Harikrishnan Ramiah.
Figure 6: IEEE CAS(M) Master Dissertation Award recipient, Mr. Ghazanfar Ali from Universiti Teknologi Petronas with dissertation entitled ‘On-Board Functional Test and Debug Platform For Processors’ supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin.
IEEE Circuits & Systems (Malaysia) Outstanding PhD Dissertation Awards
Figure 7: IEEE CAS(M) Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient, Dr. Wameedh Nazar Flayyih from Universiti Putra Malaysia with dissertation entitled ‘Crosstalk Aware Error Control Coding Techniques For Reliable and Energy Efficient Network On Chip’ supervised by Dr. Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani.
Figure 8: Group photo with the award winners during CAS Malaysia Hi-Tea event at Shangri-La Putrajaya. All award recipients received a Certificate of Award from IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Malaysia Chapter, gift and CAS membership.
Figure 9: Presentation by the IEEE CAS(M) Doctoral Dissertation Award winner, Dr. Wameedh Nazar Flayyih on his research work ‘Crosstalk Aware Error Control Coding Techniques For Reliable and Energy Efficient Network on Chip’.
With the continuous downscaling in semiconductor technology more blocks are being integrated in a single chip. Network on Chip (NoC) represents the main solution for the increased on chip communication complexity. One of the major challenges in NoC is the communication reliability due to the small feature sizes, high operating frequency and low operating voltage of the chips. Achieving reliable operation under the influence of deep-submicron noise sources including crosstalk noise at low voltage operation is a major challenge for network on chip links.
In this work, new joint coding schemes are proposed to provide high level of protection from errors and simultaneously reduce the crosstalk induced bus delay. The proposed coding schemes are based on wire duplication and simple parity checks calculated over the rows and columns of the two-dimensional data. This Duplicated Two-Dimensional Parities (DTDP) coding provides high Hamming distance allowing high error protection capability. In addition, the duplication technique addresses crosstalk delay effects allowing higher bus frequency operation. The high error protection capability enables the reduction of wires operating voltage while maintaining the target reliability level, leading to power/energy savings.
For a given Hamming distance, providing only error detection without correction provides the highest possible protection. Accordingly, the first proposed coding scheme is based on automatic repeat request (ARQ) policy providing up to seven errors detection, thus named DTDP-7ED. On the other hand, the second proposed coding scheme is based on hybrid ARQ (HARQ) policy. Single error correction capability is added to reduce the retransmission probability which comes on the cost of reduced error detection capability, resulting in single error correction and six error detection (DTDP-SEC6ED). The two proposed schemes allow for higher reduction in voltage swing as compared to other joint coding schemes which reflects into higher power savings. Since DTDP-7ED has the highest error detection which results into the lowest voltage swing, it achieved the highest power savings. On the other hand, DTDP-SEC6ED achieved lower energy consumption and higher performance.
We also propose a coding scheme that jointly provides crosstalk delay reduction and adaptable error protection according to noise severity. This was motivated by the inefficient energy consumption of traditional designs that constantly work assuming worst case noise scenario. The scheme works in one of three modes by duplicating the data bits, the data bits and one-dimensional parities, or the data bits and two-dimensional parities at low, intermediate, and high noise conditions respectively. The maximum protection mode achieves 51.1% energy savings over Duplicate Add Parity (DAP) coding scheme. This energy savings is increased to 59.5% and 63.0% at intermediate and low protection modes respectively. This comes with a comparable area and maximum frequency compared to other similar coding schemes.
Call for Award Nominations
This year, three categories of awards are open for nomination by CAS Malaysia chapter members. Click the links below for details.
- 2014 IEEE CAS Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Malaysia Chapter)
- 2014 IEEE CAS Outstanding Master Dissertation Award (Malaysia Chapter)
- 2014 IEEE CAS Innovation Awards (Malaysia Chapter)
These awards will be presented during the IEEE CAS (M) Hi-Tea on 18th September 2014 at Shangri-La Hotel, Putrajaya.
Last year (2013), only two of the three categories were presented. Details of last year’s awards are as below.
- 2013 IEEE CAS Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Malaysia Chapter)
- 2013 IEEE CAS Innovation Awards (Malaysia Chapter)
The awards have been covered in quite a number of media outlets as below.
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- Berita Harian (news clip attached below)
- See Hua Daily News (Sarawak) (news clip attached below)