2023 IEEE 15th International Conference on ASIC

Oct. 24-27, 2023, Platinum Hanjue Hotel, Nanjing, China

Session K4-2 Terahertz-chip-scale systems for Intelligent Sensing and 6G Communication

Time: 9:15-10:00,Oct.27, 2023,Friday


    Prof. Kaushik Sengupta
    Princeton University, USA


Silicon-based Terahertz systems is a field that is only about a decade old. In this time, we have seen a phenomenal growth of silicon systems operating at THz frequencies for a wide range of applications in sensing, imaging and communication. It can be argued that both the ‘THz gap’ and the ‘technology and applications gap’ is closing in meaningful ways in the THz range. Technologies beyond 100 GHz focusing on sensing, imaging and wireless back-haul links are getting attractive as we enter into a new area of highly dense network of autonomous systems requiring ultra-high speed and reliable links. In order to move beyond this inflection point as Moore’s law continue to slow, I will discuss why we need to look beyond the classical ‘device’-level metrics of efficiency and sensitivity of THz sources and detectors towards holistic ‘system’ level properties such as scalability and programmability. Such properties are critically important for applications in sensing and imaging, as evidenced across sensor fusion technologies across mmWave, IR and optical frequencies. In this talk, I will highlight approaches that cut across electromagnetics, circuits, systems and signal processing, to allow for such reconfigurability in THz signal synthesis and sensing, yet realized with devices that are themselves not very efficient. Particularly, we will demonstrate approaches to THz beamforming arrays, CMOS sensors reconfigurable across the three field properties of spectrum (100 GHz-1000 GHz), beam pattern and polarization (Nature Comm’19), programmable THz metasurfaces with CMOS tiling (Nature Elec’20), and enabling dynamic spectrum shaping (ISSCC’21, JSSC’21) and physically secure sub-THz links (ISSCC’20, Nature Elec’21). In the end, I will comment on what could be the major directions for the field in the coming decade.


Kaushik Sengupta is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Princeton University and directs the IMRL lab focused on intelligent integrated wireless sensing and communication systems, and chip-scale bio-sensing. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2012, and he is a recipient of the 2015 Microwave Prize from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, DARPA Young Faculty Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, and the 2017 Bell Labs prize.   He serves as the Chair for Emerging Technologies for IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), and in the ISSCC TPC.  He had served as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society from 2019 to 2020, and is currently serving as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2021 to 2023. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2021, and the New Frontier Award from IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society in 2022.