Kofi Makinwa recognized as Top Contributor at "Chip Olympics"

News - 23 February 2023 - Communication EWI

The International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) is the most prestigious event in the world of chip design. Held annually since 1954, the conference brings together the world's top researchers and engineers to discuss the latest developments in the field of integrated circuits and systems.

This year, the ISSCC named Kofi Makinwa, head of EEMCS’s Microelectronics Department, as the "Top Contributor" of the past 70 years. Since Makinwa first participated in the conference in 2002, more than 70 of his papers have been accepted. No small feat in a field where the bar is notoriously high and competition includes top institutions such as MIT and Intel.

In addition to Makinwa's individual recognition, he and his team of students contributed eight papers to the conference this year: their best result ever. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of both Makinwa and the students.

The ISSCC plays a crucial role in pushing the boundaries of chip technology. As the complexity of integrated circuits has continued to increase, so has the importance of collaborative research and innovation. The conference provides a platform for researchers to share their latest findings, exchange ideas and collaborate on new projects.

Chips are the foundational building blocks of our modern, digital society. With applications ranging from smartphones and computers to cars and medical devices, chips have a huge impact on our daily lives. As the industry continues to evolve - in an ever-changing world - it is essential to be at the forefront of innovation.