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Jason Hoople, ECE Ph.D. Student wins Best Student Paper Award

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cornell ECE Ph.D. student Jason Hoople received the Best Student Paper award at the 2014 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium in Chicago, Illinois.

Hoople was supported by a team including Ph.D. student Justin Kuo, Postdoctoral Associate Serhan Ardanuc, and Professor Amit Lal demonstrating the use of phased array elements to create a reconfigurable 120 Mbit per second communication channel in silicon, capable of selectively communicating to four different locations on a chip.

"What's most exciting about this work is that it is truly revolutionary,” said Hoople. “Lot's of research groups are out there optimizing the performance of thin Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators (FBARs) and other RF MEMS devices. We’ve taken these and used them for a completely new and potentially game changing application within CMOS circuit design. It's really great to have that recognized by the authorities in the ultrasonics field."

According to the paper entitled, “Chip Scale Reconfigurable Phased-Array Sonic Communication,” as CMOS electronics scale to smaller dimensions, wired interconnect density, power consumption, and delays have introduced bottlenecks in performance. Ultrasonic communication links integrated with the CMOS circuits utilize the silicon substrate as a channel. Due to low acoustic loss in silicon and high acoustic coupling, this offers an opportunity to create low power, high data rate channels. Hoople utilized ultrasonic phased arrays, micro-sonars, for an additional degree of functionality that allows for reconfigurable communication links, enabling brand new vistas in computer architecture and low power computing, including brain inspired computing.

Hoople received the Best Student Paper award in the category of Microacoustics SAW, FBAR, MEMS. Awards were presented in multiple areas and were evaluated based on clarity of the student’s presentation, depth of his or her knowledge, degree of contribution to the project and relevancy of the work to the field. Other topic areas include Medical Ultrasonics; Sensors, NDE & Industrial Applications; Physical Acoustics; Transducers & Transducer Materials.

This is the 14th year of the student paper competition, which was initiated at the 2001 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. The award consists of a certificate, and represents a prestigious recognition of the student's achievement.

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