Mikhail Gaidukov, PhD student with MCCI has won the Analog Devices (ADI) Outstanding Student IC Designer Award for 2023 for his research on time–based Analog Front Ends ( AFE’s) The award is presented by ADI to coincide with IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The ADI award has been recognising research excellence in system-level integrated circuit design in analog, mixed-signal, or digital design, since 1997 and is a great achievement for Mikhail.

Mikhail’s research is focused on VCO (Voltage-controlled oscillator) based ADC (Analog-to-Digital converter). The AFE measures the information signal from the sensor and performs preliminary signal processing. In complex systems, where it is necessary to individually process signals from several sensors, it is common to implement an analog front end for each sensor. New advanced technologies are aimed at reducing the linear dimensions and power consumption of the integrated circuit while maintaining the required characteristic values. One of the advanced architectures of constructing AFEs is to use time domain signal processing. Time-based AFEs achieve lower area, lower power and high precision AFEs in advanced CMOS technologies.

Along with high resolution and low power consumption, there are several challenges. The first is the temperature sensitivity of VCO, and the second is the PWM nature of phase-to-frequency conversion. As part of the research, he is exploring methods to address and eliminate these challenges.

Congratulating Mikhail, John Morrissey, MCCI Executive Director, said:

” I am really pleased that Mikhail’s work has been recognised. Central to MCCI’s research success is the development of our engineers to become future circuit design leaders in industry and to produce world class technology research & development. This award highlights the level of expertise we can offer to our industry partners through our world class research”. I would like to also congratulate Dr. Daniel O’ Hare, Principal Investigator Sensor Interface Circuits who is Mikahail’s supervisor.

Mikhail Gaidukov, received B.Eng and M.Eng degrees in electronics and nanoelectronics from the Peter the Great Polytechnic University, St Petersburg, Russia. From 2018 to 2021 he attended the Design Center of Microelectronics in Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, where he focused on inertial sensor system architecture and circuit design of control systems. He is currently a 3rd year PhD student at MCCI at Tyndall National Institute.