IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Newsletter | Volume 12 | Issue 2 | April 2018 | CURRENT/PAST ISSUES


Malaysia Locally Grown Research Group Shines in Chip Olympics for the First Time in the History

From 10th - 15th February 2018, the Head of Analog, Digital & RF Research Group, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Harikrishnan and his doctorate student Mr. Lawrence Lim Chee Cheow represented University Malaya and Malaysia, presenting the ground breaking research work in the 65th IEEE international Solid State-Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2018 in San Francisco, California. ISSCC is known is "chip olympics", it is the most prestigious international conference in the world in the field of electronics, with a rigorous paper selection process. It is also the world’s largest and highest-level conference on solid-state circuits, which showcases annually the latest trends in global solid-state circuit research and development. This year’s conference attracted more than 30,000 chip designers around the world from both academia and industries. 

With an honor, Dr. Harikrishnan’s group is the FIRST locally grown research group, whose paper is accepted in the history of Malaysia and ISSCC since its inception in 65 years, bringing Malaysia into the world stage of nano scale electronic design. {Right Photo: Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Harikrishnan with his team at ISSCC] 

By using advanced circuit technique, the work presented the world's highest Figure-of-Merit (FoM) oscillator in 65nm CMOS technology, suitable in WiFi, Bluetooth BLE, mobile and the evolving 5G application. This work was also included in the conference technical highlights.

CASS Malaysia chapter extends warmest congratulations on the achievement, which have made all of us proud. Keep up the great work!

Harikrishnan Ramiah (email: and 
Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani (email:


Towards IR4.0: IoT Hands-on Workshop

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) hands-on workshop was conducted by the IEEE CAS (Malaysia Chapter) in partnership with Universiti Putra Malaysia last April 17, 2018 at the Computer and Communication Systems Engineering Lab. The workshop was part of a 3 days program organized by Universiti Putra Malaysia and Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Taiping called Program Emas Hitam. It aims to provide exposure for the high school students about the industrial revolution 4.0, hence providing them the opportunity to design and apply “Internet-of-Things (IoT)” with interesting approach under the facilitation of experts in the field. The 40 MRSM Taiping students were inspired to explore the basic electronic theory, programming concepts and the latest communication technology applications. The workshop was started by a brief lecture on the introduction of the industrial revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) by Dr. Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani. The hands-on workshop led by Dr Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani was facilitated by Masyitah Amat Sairin, Lim Yang Wei and Muhamad Harriss Zainudin. At the end of the workshop, Dr Sharifah Mumtazah demonstrated and explained about an application example of IoT, which is a robotic arm that is remotely controlled. The program is hoped to be continued so that we can cultivate more interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in students. Other than that, it helps promote the transition of technology-minded initiatives to the younger generation and hence produce youth technoprenuer who are competitive and professional in the era of industrial revolution 4.0.

Upper Left: The instructor briefing on the component and programming. Upper Right: Students experienced hands on programming and component connection. Left: Dr. Sharifah Mumtazah explaining about one of the applications of IoT, a remotely controlled robotic arm.

Masyitah Amat Sairin (email: and
Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani (email: