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2020 IEEE TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies
Sponsored by the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award Fund

IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in
Solid-State Circuits
Sponsored by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society

Miro Micovic

Klaas Bult

For leadership in millimeter-wave
Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistor and
technology development

For leadership in embedded analog and
mixed-signal integrated circuits

The GaN technology created by Miro Micovic is perhaps the
most significant new development of the past 20 years impacting
semiconductor technologies for the radio-frequency and wireless
industries. His patented innovations have changed the competitive
landscape for MMICs that operate at millimeter wave frequencies.
He conceived a growth method that enabled the development of
precisely engineered epitaxial structures that would prove to be
essential for high-performance millimeter-wave devices. His creations helped convince the technical community that GaN technology could ultimately surpass existing state-of-the-art methods
for millimeter-wave power amplification. Components made possible by Micovic's work have enabled sensors integral to 94-GHz
imaging radar, point-to-point communication for emerging 5G
networks, and satellite communication links.
An IEEE Fellow, Micovic is an Engineering Fellow with Raytheon, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Klaas Bult's innovations regarding analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design have enabled systems-on-chip technologies
that have had great societal and economic impact. During the
1990s when there was skepticism whether sensitive analog circuits
could be integrated on the same die as larger digital components,
Bult saw that cointegration was an economic necessity and demonstrated how it could be achieved. The analog-to-digital and
digital-to-analog chips he developed while working for Broadcom
enabled single-chip, high-performance communication systems
widely used for data transfer in set-top boxes, cable modems, Ethernet, and automotive applications. His work was key to Broadcom growing from a small startup to a world leader in broadband
semiconductors. Today, it is practically impossible to transfer data
over the Internet without utilizing Bult's circuits techniques.
An IEEE Fellow, Bult is a professor with Delft University of
Technology, Delft, Zuid Holland, the Netherlands.

IEEE Frederik Philips Award

IEEE Photonics Award

Sponsored by Royal Philips

Sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society

Kazuo Yano

Christopher Richard Doerr

For leadership in the development and
materialization of human-centric IoT
technology in the electronics industry

For sustained pioneering research,
development, and commercialization of
photonic integrated circuits and devices
for telecommunications

Well before the wearable devices, smartphones, and Cloud services proliferating society today existed, Kazuo Yano had the vision
that the knowledge and understanding of human logistics gained
from monitoring human activity could improve everyday life. A
pioneer of human-centric technologies, Yano not only designed
wearable devices to collect user data but developed algorithms
to analyze and determine the meaning of the data, a precursor
to what is now known as data analytics and a key enabler of the
Internet of Things (IoT). He also demonstrated the importance
of applying the insights gained from the data for improving the
way technology is used. Many companies now offer commercial devices that can monitor activity and track emotions, which
has improved productivity and resource efficiency in numerous
industries.
An IEEE Fellow,Yano is a Hitachi Fellow and corporate officer
with Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

During a career featuring over 180 patents, Christopher Richard
Doerr has developed, demonstrated, and commercialized photonic
integrated circuit technologies that meet the ever-increasing traffic
needs of Internet users around the world. Prior to Doerr's work, it
was believed that silicon integrated photonics were suitable only for
low-cost, low-performance applications. However, with many industry firsts he demonstrated that silicon photonics can reliably provide
the ultrahigh performance and compactness in addition to the low
cost that advanced communication systems require. Among his innovations, Doerr developed a commercially viable, long-haul/metro
silicon photonics-based transceiver featuring a single-chip transceiver
exhibiting extremely low optical loss, high speed, low power, and low
cost that has been manufactured in high volume and with high yield
and deployed at speeds up to 600 Gb/s per optical carrier.
An IEEE Fellow, Doerr is the associate vice president of Advanced
Development at Acacia Communications, Holmdel, NJ, USA.

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