Asad A Abidi Wins IEEE Donald O Pederson Award

The IEEE has named Asad A. Abidi as the recipient of its 2008 Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, recognizing his visionary work in integrating emerging communications technologies into what became the nucleus of many popular wireless communications products. His innovative circuit design played an integral part in advancing wireless networking, Bluetooth and cellular technologies. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

The IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, sponsored by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, recognizes Abidi for pioneering and sustained contributions in the development of radio- frequency metal–oxide–semiconductor (RF-CMOS) technology. The award will be presented to Abidi on 4 February 2008 at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, Calif.

Abidi’s work in using standard digital CMOS to integrate RF and baseband technologies for modern applications resulted in the development of the CMOS RF design – which was incorporated into major research programs into advanced commercial wireless devices around the world. Due to Abidi’s research, RF- CMOS technology became a viable solution for communications applications such as wireless local area networks (LAN), Bluetooth and cellular.

RF-CMOS technology has been embraced by a number of leading semiconductor companies including Texas Instruments, Broadcom and Atheros. With early adopters applying the technology to the new generation of radios for cellular use, CMOS is expected to gain further prominence in the cellular arena in the future.

An IEEE Fellow, Abidi is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, a position he has held since 1985. He was a visiting faculty researcher at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in 1989, and served as a member of technical staff in the Advanced LSI Development Laboratory at Bell Labs from 1981 – 1984. He has authored or co-authored more than 15 published articles in the area of digital communication and related circuit technologies.

Abidi has received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 2007, the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the 1997 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Award. He has been named among the top 10 authors in the 50-year history of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. Abidi received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Imperial College, London, and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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